August 6, 2020
Laser Hair Removal Facts and Myths – Why You Should Invest in It

If you’re tired of having to shave or wax your body hair repeatedly, you may want to consider having it removed by laser. Laser hair removal can be a life-changing experience that keeps you hair-free much longer, so you don’t have to worry about the next shaving, plucking, or waxing session.

Laser treatment for hair removal is currently the most effective way to remove unwanted hair. It can be done on your arms, legs, armpits, face, back, and other parts of your body. It’s a state-of-the-art treatment that can eliminate or at least reduce hair growth so that you can enjoy hair-free and smoother skin much longer and avoid painful or irritating traditional hair removal methods in Toronto.

How it works
Laser hair removal works by damaging the hair follicle where your hair grows. The hair pigment absorbs the laser’s light and delivers it into the follicle through the shaft. Upon reaching the hair’s root, the laser light damages the area to make the hair fall out. This method of hair removal effectively prevents new hair growth because the process essentially impairs the follicle.

Keep in mind that the hair won’t immediately fall out. It often takes around two to three weeks before you see the results. So if you undergo a full body laser hair removal in Toronto today, you can still expect hair to continue growing for a few more weeks after the procedure. Shedding will occur a couple of weeks later.

Understanding hair growth
To understand why laser hair removal is the most effective way of removing body hair, it’s essential to know how hair growth happens.

Hair growth occurs in three stages:

  • Anagen (active growth)
  • Catagen (shedding)
  • Telogen (resting)

High-quality lasers target the anagen phase or when hair is growing actively. For this reason, you may need to book several laser hair removal treatments for the best results. You can rest assured that every treatment will focus on removing the new hair that is about to enter or is already in the anagen or active growth phase.

Now, let’s debunk the myths associated with laser treatment for hair removal. Here’s what you need to know and why it makes sense to invest in it:

Myth #1: Laser hair removal is expensive.
One of the common misconceptions about laser treatment for hair removal is that it is more expensive than traditional methods. If you take a look at the costs of buying shaving creams, new shavers or razors, epilators, and waxing tools, hair removal by laser in may be more cost-effective because of the results last much longer.

Moreover, plucking, shaving, and waxing could leave long-term damage, such as darkening, red bumps (or chicken skin), skin irritation, ingrown hairs, and other problems. You will probably end up spending more money to remedy these problems.

Myth #2: Laser hair removal is not safe and will harm my skin.
The safety of laser hair removal depends on the kind of laser system used. If it is FDA-approved and administered by a trained technician/nurse, you have nothing to worry about. The technician/nurse will also want to know your skin condition and health history before administering any treatment. This way, your safety is assured.

Reputable providers of laser hair removal in Toronto have invested in safe, gold-standard lasers like the cutting-edge GentleMAX, a dual-wavelength laser that combines a 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser with a 755nm Alexandrite laser. This way, they are more effective at removing hair regardless of your skin type.

Furthermore, a Dynamic Cooling Device™ is used to keep the treatment comfortable. It prepares your skin by cooling it temporarily before the laser pulse is administered. So even if it’s your first-time seeking laser hair removal in Toronto, the entire experience won’t come with any discomfort, burning, or painful sensations.

Another safety concern with laser hair removal is that it will expose you to radiation. This is not true. FDA-approved systems do not generate radiation. There may be radiation between the laser’s light barriers, but they remain there and won’t harm you.

Myth #3: Laser hair removal will encourage more hair growth.
No, it does not make hair grow faster or thicker. If this were true, laser treatment for hair removal would be used on individuals who are looking for a cure for baldness and hair fall.

That said, it’s important to know that your hair growth pattern may differ from others and that your body is constantly changing. Some will find that their body hair is thinning over time, while others might notice that they are growing more hair in places they didn’t expect as they grow older.

The laser can destroy the hair follicles, but remember that they are not magical solutions that can completely prevent the growth of new hair follicles over time.

Myth #4: Laser hair removal isn’t for every hair colour.
You might have heard or read somewhere that hair removal with laser may not work on less pigmented hair colours. This is true. laser hair removal does not work on grey or blonde hairs. Laser is attracted to pigment and these hair colours have no pigment for the laser to be attracted to.

Myth #5: It is a one-time affair and results are permanent.
This is another misconception. You cannot prevent hair growth with a single laser hair removal session. Remember that hair growth occurs in different cycles and with different timings per person, so several treatments are needed and must be administered at an optimum time. Even after the procedure is done, a repeat treatment for maintaining the results is advised.

Myth #6: It’s not for darker skin.
Dark skin tends to absorb more laser, unlike lighter skin. Individuals with naturally darker complexions normally needs more laser hair removal sessions. However, newer technologies have made it possible for lasers to be adjusted to proper strength so that laser hair removal can be administered in as few sessions as possible on all skin types.

Myth #7: All laser machines are created equal.
This is false. Laser machines can differ greatly in quality, power, wavelength, pulse duration and other factors, which is why it is always a good idea to check the brand your clinic is using. At Distill Laser Clinic we use Candela GentleMax Pro equipment with the most accurate laser spot size. Most importantly, our staff are highly trained in optimal use of this medical-grade equipment by Distill Laser Clinic, to ensure your safety and results.