5 Common Laser Hair Removal Myths
Laser hair removal is a widely recognised treatment to remove unwanted hair from the body. However, there are some prevalent myths and confusions surrounding this treatment, which could simply influence your views. Below are 5 widespread laser hair removal myths.
1: It Only Takes One Session to See a Result
It is a common assumption to believe that laser hair removal is a miracle treatment whereby just one session will help you see a permanent result. It is recommended that you take up a course of 6 -12 treatments to see an optimum result.
Once your initial laser course has finished you will require top-up sessions at a later stage, this is in order to ensure that you can maintain a reduction. If you are treating the face with laser these top ups can be as regular as once every 2 -3 months.
You would be surprised at how many clients want to test their result on the outcome of a simple one off treatment. After your first session you may be able to see a reduction of 20% or more, but this will differ in every individual.
At Colaz, we know that it can work out more expensive to try and fund for laser session by session; especially when treating larger areas such as your full legs.
2: Laser Only Works for Light Skinned Clients
Although earlier laser hair removal machines were tailored for light skinned clients, but in recent years laser technology has dramatically improved. Now latest machines can target all skin colors.. Laser works by targeting the pigment in your hair. Therefore as darker ones are more evident on light skinned clients; this is why in earlier laser models you were more likely to see good results from laser if you had a fairer skin tone. This has all changed now. With a number of lasers out on the market, many lasers can target different skin tones.
3: There Is a High Risk of Burns and Side Effects with Laser
As long as laser is conducted by a fully trained therapist and the correct after care advice is followed, the likelihood of laser hair removal burns would reduce significantly.
Laser is completely safe there are no long-term side effects. Certain precautions should be taken by a therapist when you go in for treatment. Make sure they are using the correct machine settings which suityour skin. They should also be made aware of any medications you may be taking at the time.
A method of cooling should be implemented, whether by application of a soothing gel to the skin before contact with the laser or through the use of a cryogen gun which once cools down the area.
If you suffer from sensitive skin and perhaps are prone to flare ups, then extra cooling should be conducted. Therapists can dab the skin with a cold wet towel and apply a natural soothing ingredient such as Aloe Vera on to the skin.
4: Laser Can Be Time Consuming
A number of factors determine the length of time for a treatment, but at Colaz laser hair removal; they plan for adequate time to go as slowly or as fast as is comfortable and appropriate for each client.
With older machine models such as the Soprano XL it takes around 5-6 hours to treat the full body. With the ND YAG pro it can take just 1.5 – 2 hours to treat a full body client, this is dependable upon the body shape of the client who is being treated.
Smaller treatment areas such as the underarms or upper lip area can take just 5 minutes to treat. This is really convenient as you can even attend laser sessions during your lunch break.
Laser treatment sessions are spaced out with 4 – 6 week gaps, so it really does not eat up much valuable time at all.
5: Laser is Expensive
That is a myth: Laser is no more expensive, especially when you factor in the value of your time. The main factors that affect the cost are the size of the treatment area. Smaller treatment areas such as face and arm pits are associated with lowest laser hair removal prices. Larger areas such as legs and back are quiet expensive, as there is lot more surface area to treat.
Whenever you approach a laser salon, it would most likely benefit you to enquire about any offers that may be currently running. The technology is becoming improved over the years, and the prices are falling down. Laser offers a long-term reduction. When you make a comparison between the money you have spent on laser hair removal as opposed to money put towards other hair removal methods, you are making a huge saving.
Laser hair removal results can last up to 5/ 6 years, the treatment for your full legs may have cost you between £500 and £1000. This is still cheaper than the amount you would have invested in razors, trips to the salon for waxing and hair removal lotions and potions within this time period.
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