Myths and Facts About Laser Hair Removal

At Alexandria Aesthetics in Alexandria, Virginia, Dr. Kantha Stoll relies on the most advanced Cynosure® technology, like the

Everyone has body hair, but that doesn’t mean you have to like it. If you’re tired of fighting unwanted hair with shaving, waxing, plucking, or harsh hair-removing chemicals, it could be time to try laser hair removal. 

Laser hair removal is an aesthetic treatment designed to reduce hair growth with light energy. This method can significantly change or eliminate hair in the treatment area, but there’s a lot of misinformation circulating about how it works and what you can expect.

At Alexandria Aesthetics in Alexandria, Virginia, Dr. Kantha Stoll relies on the most advanced Cynosure® technology, like the Icon™ and Vectus® lasers, to reduce body hair just about anywhere on your body. If you’re considering laser hair removal, Dr. Stoll can help debunk the most common myths floating around about this innovative treatment.

MYTH: Laser hair removal isn’t permanent

Laser hair removal targets and deactivates your hair follicles to stop hair growth. In most cases, you won’t have hair growth again once a follicle sustains damage. The exception is when hormones cause women to grow hair on their face. Dr. Stoll can help you determine if laser hair removal can offer you permanent results based on your individual needs.

MYTH: Laser hair removal provides immediate results

Hair follicles go through a three-part life cycle. During the growth cycle, they produce a new shaft of hair. Then they rest before switching into the third stage that signals new hair growth should begin again. You can only disable a hair follicle when it’s in the growth stage of the cycle. The hair follicles on your body are all going through this life cycle at different times, so you need multiple treatments to catch them all during the growth stage. 

MYTH: Only women have laser hair removal

Many people assume that only women get laser hair removal, but men get the treatment, too. Common areas to have laser hair removal for men and women include your:

One of the only places Dr. Stoll doesn’t recommend having laser hair removal is around your eyelids.

MYTH: Laser hair removal hurts

Dr. Stoll uses state-of-the-art Cynosure technology to perform laser hair removal. These machines have built-in cooling systems designed with your comfort in mind, so you only feel mild sensations like warm pinpricks or cold temperatures. If you have sensitive skin, Dr. Stoll can also apply a topical anesthetic before your treatment to reduce any potential discomfort.

MYTH: Laser hair removal only works if you have fair skin

Contrary to popular belief, laser hair removal works on all skin types and tones. The biggest factor in removing unwanted hair is how much contrast there is between your skin and hair color. That means that if you have dark hair, laser hair removal can provide even better results.

For more facts on laser hair removal or to see if it’s right for you, call Alexandria Aesthetics or schedule an appointment online today.



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