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Dispelling the Myths About Laser Hair Removal More and more Americans are choosing laser hair removal as their number one method of removing unwanted hair from their body. The reason for this is because of its simplicity. Once the procedure is done, its done. There is no need to bother with shaving, waxing, plucking, and the various other methods of hair removal. It is a costeffective way to save both time and money. According to the most recent survey, laser hair removal is third in the top five non-surgical ways to remove unwanted body hair. It is important that you know what this procedure is all about and what is a myth, and what is not. Laser Hair Removal - Myth 1: Laser Hair removal offers only temporary results. Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams are all temporary methods which must be repeated on a frequent basis. The Laser Hair Removal offers permanent hair reduction for lasting results. Laser Hair Removal - Myth 2: Laser Hair Removal can be used only on legs and bikini area. No, Laser Hair Removal can be used practically anywhere on the body - including the face, legs, arms, underarms, and back. It can also treat sensitive areas like the chest, nipples, and bikini line.

La Nouvelle Medical Spa • Medical Director – Dr. Antoinne Hanna, MD (805) 988-2638 • www.lanouvellespa.com


Laser Hair Removal - Myth 3: There is a myth that this type of procedure will only work on people with fair skin. This is not true as advancements in technology has produced equipment that works on all skin types no matter what color you are. However, it is recommended that you check with the person who is going to perform this procedure beforehand so that you will know whether or not they will be treated by the most recent laser equipment. Unlike other systems, the CoolGlide can treat the fine hair on a woman’s upper lip just as easily and effectively as the coarse hair on a man’s back. The cooled hand piece increases patient comfort and minimizes the adverse skin reaction commonly seen with other lasers. Laser Hair Removal - Myth 4: Many people are under the impressions that it is very painful. It can be described as a slight pinch or tingling sensation. Those that have used other methods of hair removal have said that waxing and electrolysis creates much more pain than the laser hair removal procedure. Laser Hair Removal - Myth 5: Some people are under the impression that it will take many years to remove all the unwanted hair from a person. This is another widespread myth. In fact, in as little as 36 treatments and you will notice a big improvement. Usually, 95% of your unwanted hair will be gone. Normally, 8 weeks to 10-12 weeks are required between treatments depending on the body area being treated. This time is necessary to allow enough hair follicles that were dormant during the last treatment to reach the active growth phase. When enough remaining hair follicles have reached the active growth phase, the next treatment can be performed. So, the course of 6 - 15 months are needed for satisfactory, long-term results. Laser Hair Removal - Myth 6: Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair. Some people are under the impression that it is not safe. This form of treatment only focuses on the hair pigments, and not the surrounding area such as your skin. This means that this form of treatment focuses only on the hair shaft and follicle. There are no side effects from having this type of hair removal procedure done. It has been used on people of all races from all over the world, quite effectively.

La Nouvelle Medical Spa • Medical Director – Dr. Antoinne Hanna, MD (805) 988-2638 • www.lanouvellespa.com


Laser Hair Removal - Myth 7: Many people seem to think that it is too expensive. Well, initially it is. Meaning that is cost more to have the procedure done, however, overall it is less expensive then the amount of money spent on other methods of hair removal. Many of the other techniques used in hair removal have to be repeated over and over again in order to maintain the desired results. However, with non-surgical laser hair removal procedures, after 4-5 visits unwanted hair is removed permanently. The laser hair removal method has proven to be the fastest, most effective way to remove hair permanently with no known side effects. If you are thinking about hair removal procedures, knowing what is a myth and what is truth in laser hair removal techniques will hopefully, make your decision easier.

La Nouvelle Medical Spa • Medical Director – Dr. Antoinne Hanna, MD (805) 988-2638 • www.lanouvellespa.com


Dispelling the Myths about Laser Hair Removal