Laser hair removal is quickly becoming the hair removal method of choice for many Americans. In a world where people are constantly looking for ways to add time to their days, more and more men and women are turning to laser hair removal to avoid the hassle of shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser hair removal is ranked third of the top five non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in 2006. With so many people choosing this method to remove unwanted hair, and more considering it every day, it is time to look at what is fact and what is myth regarding laser hair removal. Laser Hair Removal Myth 1: It is very painful. In fact, laser hair removal is not very painful at all, with many patients describing the sensation as a slight tingling or stinging sensation. While some fear the pain of laser hair removal, most who have experienced the three main commercial methods of hair removal describe waxing and electrolysis as much more painful. Laser Hair Removal Myth 2: If you have dark skin, it won't work. With recent advances in the science of laser hair removal, equipment has been developed that can remove hair from even the darkest of skin. It is always advisable however, to check with the person who will be performing your laser hair removal to be sure that they are using the most up-to-date equipment available. Laser Hair Removal Myth 3: It will take years of treatments to rid you of your unwanted hair. In reality, it only takes 4-5 treatments to rid you of 90 - 95% of your unwanted hair. Usually patients are advised to repeat their treatments every 6-8 weeks. So theoretically, you could be finished with your treatments in as little as 24 weeks. Laser Hair Removal Myth 4: It's extremely expensive. Although laser hair removal does cost more per visit than other hair removal methods, it requires fewer visits to attain the same results. For example, waxing your legs may only cost you $40 per visit, but if you wish to remain hair free you will have to repeat this procedure every 6 weeks, for the rest of your life, or at least for as long as you wish to remain hair free. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, can remove hair permanently in 4-5 visits, so in the long-run, for most customers, it will be the cheapest way to achieve the desired result. Laser Hair Removal Myth 5: It is not safe. Laser hair removal uses lasers that are attracted to the pigment in hair. This means that the laser targets only the hair follicle and shaft and leaves the skin and surrounding tissue unharmed. Laser hair removal has been used safely on millions of people throughout the world, and studies have shown that there are no long-term adverse affects of the procedure. Laser hair removal has proven to be a cost-effective, fast and virtually pain free method of permanent hair removal. By dispelling some of the myths surrounding the procedure, more people can come to realize that the benefits far outweigh the risks of laser hair removal.
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