4 Common Myths About Laser Hair Removal

If you’re like most people, you probably struggle with unwanted hair. There are plenty of at-home methods of getting rid of hair, but none that are as effective as many of us would like. Shaving is extremely short term, tweezing and waxing can be more painful than they’re worth, and hair removal creams can irritate the skin. Still, many of us deal with these methods to try and get rid of our unwanted hair. A far better solution is laser hair removal, a popular non-invasive cosmetic surgery in Pennsylvania.

For stubborn unwanted hair, laser hair removal is the best thing you can do. Like most cosmetic procedures, there are many rumors surrounding laser hair removal that might make many people who could benefit from it afraid to give it a chance. 

Here, we debunk four common myths about laser hair removal so you have a better understanding of what to expect from the treatment at Dr. Bruno’s office.

Myth: "Your Hair Will Grow Back"

One common laser hair removal myth is that all of your hair will grow back after. This can make it seem not worth it to go out of your way and spend money on laser hair removal if it only comes right back. Some hair does grow back after laser hair removal, but not in the way many think. For example, your hair can come back days after shaving or waxing, but it can take months or even up to a year for hair to grow back after laser treatment. While everyone is different, most people can expect a different type of hair to grow back after. When hair grows back after laser treatment, it’s often much softer and thinner than your original hair. After enough laser treatments with one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Scranton, PA, hair might eventually stop growing back.

Myth: "It Can Be Painful and Damage Skin"

You might often hear that laser hair removal is painful to go through. Some people might feel slight discomfort during the procedure, especially those who are sensitive to pain to begin with. While a pinprick feeling is somewhat common, it’s only mild and less painful than waxing. Topical treatments to reduce this discomfort are sometimes an option as well. Laser treatments also won’t cause damage to the skin in a majority of cases, but this is also something to discuss with your plastic surgeon in PA beforehand if you’re worried. Some redness and small bumps will occur after your treatment, but they fade quickly and there’s no downtime required after the procedure. 

Myth: "It Only Works for Certain Skin Tones"

Many people think they can’t get laser hair removal done because they have the wrong skin tone for it. Laser treatments have come a long way over the past few years, so skin tone isn’t a major issue when it comes to hair removal. All skin tones and types can benefit from receiving laser hair treatment, although the tone of a person’s skin might affect how many treatments they’ll need. Darker skin tones absorb more of the laser during treatment than lighter skin tones do, so while it’s still an effective way of removing hair, you might need a few extra sessions at Bruno Plastic Surgery depending on your skin tone. 

Myth: "Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Work for Some Hair Types"

People with especially thick hair may have been told that laser hair removal won’t be effective in removing it. Laser hair removal works differently for everyone, and while the number of sessions needed varies, most people will find that plastic surgeons in Northeast PA can effectively remove hair. For those with thick hair, you might just need a few more sessions to remove all of the hair. Laser hair removal also works for most hair colors, with the expectation of white hair, as it has no pigmentation.

For expert laser hair removal from a board-certified plastic surgeon in NEPA, contact Bruno Plastic Surgery for a consultation!