MYTH: People of color can’t do laser hair removal.
The laser will work on all skin tones. It is more about the color of the hair rather than texture or complexion.
FACT: The darker your body hair is, the better.
The more contrast there is between your skin tone and hair color, the better. Actually, the lighter the hair color the least beneficial is.
MYTH: You won’t experience any pain.
FACT: You could experience discomfort while getting laser treatments.
Most methods of hair removal, like other skin care treatments, have some level of discomfort for patients. Your medical practitioner can recommend over the counter pain reliever.
MYTH: Laser hair removal causes more hair to grow.
FACT: Laser hair removal will not cause more hair to grow.
Although it may appear that there is more growth after a laser hair removal session, it depends on if your hair was in growth or resting cycle. Everyone’s hair growth has different patterns and hair cycles.
MYTH: Laser hair removal treatments cause burns.
FACT: In rare situations there may be a temporary burn.
Consult with the dermatologist prior to the treatment to determine if that is a possibility with your skin tone.
MYTH: My skin will discolor from the treatments.
FACT: Depending on your skin tone, most people do not have discoloration.
With any laser treatment, like electrolysis*, or creams, skin can experience some discoloration. Having darker skin and tanning increases your risk of skin color changes. It is important to talk to your expert in dermatology to determine any side effects and treatment options with lasers; especially since the risk of side effects can vary with hair color, skin type, etc.
*Electrolysis is approved by the FDA as a permanent hair removal method that’s safe for all skin types and areas.
MYTH: Anyone can perform this procedure.
FACT: Not everyone should be performing this procedure.
The procedure should only be performed by an experienced medical practitioner in dermatology. At the time of your consultation, ask about qualifications and experience. Having this procedure done by the wrong person can lead to infections.
It is critical to remember that only a licensed and board-certified medical professional should ever perform the procedure on a patient. It takes significant training and medical knowledge to safely use the laser on unwanted hair.
When the laser is in the hands of a licensed medical professional, the treatment is safe and effective.