Everyone has body hair. This does not, however, mean that you have to like it. If you are fed up with shaving, waxing and plucking or using other harsh chemicals to get rid of undesired hair, the option you should consider is laser treatment. 

Laser hair removal is a treatment designed to reduce the hair on your skin using light energy. The aesthetic treatment has gained a lot of popularity thanks to its ability to significantly eliminate or change hair in the treated areas. The procedure does work but, there is much misinformation about how it works and what to expect. This post debunks several myths that surround laser hair removal during the Summer.

Myth 1: You cannot get laser hair removal in the summer months

This is a misconception. You can get laser treatment in the summer. The myth, however, stems from advice given by dermatologists on avoiding excessive exposure to sun before a laser hair removal treatment. The reason for this advice is that laser hair removal relies on precise wavelengths focusing on melanin pigments and targeting them. The wavelengths focus on specific pigments without damaging the surrounding skin. 

In the early years, laser hair removal didn’t have a great ability to focus the wavelengths. As a result, the darker the skin was, the harder it was to target hair follicles. Considering most people tan during summer, it is easy to assume that the darkened skin will make it harder for the wavelengths to focus on hair follicles. While this is in some way true, the new technology used in laser treatment are able to bypass the skin and find the specific melanin pigments. This helps remove the undesired hair safely regardless of how much you have tanned your skin. 

While tanning doesn’t make it impossible to remove hair using laser treatment, it is not encouraged to run outside and soak your skin in the summer sun rays. If you are thinking of getting a laser hair removal, it is important that you avoid excessive exposure to the sun until the treatment is done. 

Myth 2: It is impossible to get laser hair removal when you have a tan

This myth is not false in its entirety. As aforementioned, tans make it harder to target the hair follicles. That is why you should avoid tanning your skin before the laser treatment. However, even if you have already tanned your skin, you can still get the treatment provided the practitioner uses modern equipment. New laser equipment uses technology that enables the technicians to treat darker skin types without damaging the surrounding skin.

However, when you tan, the color of your skin is closer to the color of your hair, so laser settings cannot target hair follicles as aggressively when your skin has been tanned. As a result, you may need several sessions to get the hair removed completely. 

The best advice is to hold back on getting a tan until after your laser treatment in Etobicoke. However, if you already have a tan, this will not be a big issue. You should, however, stay away from the tanning bed and the sun for two weeks before the treatment in order to get optimal results. 

Myth 3: Laser hair removal hurts 

This myth seems valid mostly when you consider the treatment uses concentrated light to remove unwanted hair. If you have watched many spy movies, you have probably seen how lasers can cut through metal, leave alone flesh. This is, however, not the case with laser treatment. The laser used is safe and doesn’t hurt. To reduce discomfort, the best equipment used for hair removal in Etobicoke combines the technology of wavelength energy with a cooling tip. This makes the procedure more comfortable because the cooling tip offers a soothing sensation throughout the procedure. 

Myth 4: Laser hair reduction causes the hair to regrow more densely and frequently

This, too, is a misconception. The whole purpose of a laser hair treatment is to destroy the hair follicles so that hair does not regrow as fast. Consequently, after the treatment, there will be a noticeable reduction in the density, growth rate and thickness of hair. The hair that will grow after the complete hair removal treatment will be finer and lighter than before. 

Myth 5: Laser hair removal increases the risk of skin cancer 

This myth comes from the belief that lasers emit radiation. This is not true. The laser is simply concentrated light. It is safe for everyone. There is also no evidence that laser treatment increases skin cancer risk. 

If you are interested in laser hair removal, make sure you get a qualified clinic to supervise the procedure. Our team at Urban Beauty Bar has the experience, training, certification and equipment needed to offer the best services for laser treatment in Etobicoke. Call us today to schedule an appointment.