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7 Myths and Facts of Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal is the most promising method to remove annoying body hair in the long term. The effectiveness of such treatment has been confirmed by clinical research. The hair is removed exclusively with the help of lasers, without the use of wax. But while this process has been known for over 20 years, there are some myths that we want to tidy up here.

Myth 1:
Laser hair removal is detrimental to health, as the laser can also affect the internal organs and harm them.
The laser beams penetrate during the maximum treatment 1-4mm deep. They, therefore, act only on the hair follicles, the production site of the hair shaft, spread out there and do not penetrate deeper layers. After treatment, at best, a slight reddening of the skin is noticeable, which is comparable to stronger sun exposure and completely disappears after a few hours.

Myth 2:
In laser hair removal, scars remain.
After the treatment, you have to expect scars, as the skin is treated with needles in this procedure. In laser hair removal, however, no intervention takes place, the skin is not injured and thus cannot form any scars.

Myth 3:
Laser hair removal is painful.
Both laser manufacturers and dermatologists are continually working to improve laser quality.
Lasers have been in practice for 20 years, and during that time, they have undergone as rapid development as computers. It would be presumptuous to claim that laser hair removal treatment does not cause any pain, as the pain perception is individually different. Compare a manual therapy with gentle stroking – just as you can imagine the difference between hair removal with wax and laser hair removal.

Myth 4:
You can remove unwanted hair for a single treatment for all time.
The laser can be removed only mature hair, which is in the growth stage (anagen phase). The other hair, which is just “sleeping”, the laser cannot harm. Therefore, a second should usually be performed three to four weeks after the first treatment, when the “sleeping” follicles enter the active phase and new hairs are visible on the body. The entire hair growth cycle lasts for eight to twelve months. You will have to repeat the treatment a few times to make sure that unwanted hair is permanently removed.

Myth 5:
After treatment, the removed hair grows thicker and more numerous.
If that were true, then there would probably be no hair thinning or balding for twenty years. The assumption may be correct when we speak of mechanical hair removal with a sharp blade. On the contrary, the hair regrowing after laser epilation is softer, and its number is also much lower. Remember that our body is continuously changing. In some places, hair stops growing, while the active growth phase begins elsewhere. The laser radiation affects your follicles, but it cannot improve your hormone balance.

Myth 6:
Laser epilation increases the risk of skin cancer.
Wavelengths categorise cancer in the ultraviolet range, i.e. in the range of 320-400nm, but such wavelengths do not spread by a laser. Dangerous rays you get in strong sunlight or the tanning salon, which is why to extensive sunbathing or regular visits to a solarium increase the risk of skin cancer. Laser hair removal is no danger in this respect.

Myth 7:
All lasers work in the same way.
Hardly any claim could be less accurate. Many different laser manufacturers compete on the market. You can buy a laser made in China that will burn your skin at best. At Thérapie Clinic, we use the most advanced technology, one of the largest and most experienced market leaders in the field of permanent laser hair removal for men and women!

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