– artificial hair removal by pulling or affecting the hair follicle. There is electroepilation, thermochemical (enzymatic) epilation, bioepilation, shugaring … It’s no wonder that with such a variety of methods and substances used in the hair removal process, many myths are composed about epilation. But, perhaps, most of all the misunderstanding and unreasonable fears is caused by laser and photoepilation. We will try to understand which of the representations correspond to reality, and which are completely incorrect.
The effects of laser and photoepilation can be stains on the skin, and sometimes quite noticeable scars.
No, scars are not formed after a hardware epilation. After all, during this procedure, the light beam acts solely on the hair follicle, without affecting surrounding tissues, and, therefore, without damaging them. The reasons for the appearance of hyper- or hypopigmentation can be the following:
1. You have come to an insufficiently experienced specialist who did not take into account the features of your skin and, accordingly, not quite correctly chose the mode of action.
2. You violated the recommendations of the doctor who performed the operation (for example, decided to visit the solarium the next day after the epilation).
The most universal method of hair removal is photoepilation. It can help get rid of hair of any type, and their thickness, length, color does not matter.
This is an erroneous opinion. After all, photoepilation is by no means a panacea for all ills. For example, using this method, you can not remove gray or light (including discolored peroxide) hair, since they are devoid of melanin, which is the “target” for the laser beam.
And ELOS-epilation, combining the advantages of several methods of hardware hair removal, can really help to remove hair of any type. In addition, ELOS-epilation is the safest (the probability of burns is reduced to almost zero), and most importantly – it does not lead to the appearance of pigmentation, so in two to three days you can safely go to the beach or to the solarium.
ELOS-epilation has no contraindications and limitations, in contrast, for example, from laser hair removal.
This is not true – contraindications for ELOS epilation are the same as for any thermal procedures. This type of hair removal can not be used for cancer, the presence of a pacemaker, an allergic reaction to light, the active form of herpes in the area of procedure, pregnancy, skin diseases in the acute stage. Therefore, before you do hair removal, you should definitely get proper advice from your doctor.
Photoepilation and laser hair removal are one and the same.
This is not quite true. Indeed, the principle of the apparatus for the above types of hair removal is one: a destructive effect by means of light waves on the structure of hair containing melanin. However, the technical characteristics (wavelength, depth of penetration, processing speed, width of the light spot) for laser and photosystems are different.
Some devices allow you to get rid of unwanted hair for life only in one procedure.
In fact, to remove hair once and for all, you need to use X-ray irradiation, affecting not only the already existing hairs, but also those that are in the embryonic stage. Unfortunately, this method leads to complete baldness and can provoke oncological diseases. Far more safe laser, photo and ELOS-epilation, but they affect only the hairs that are in the active, growing phase (anagen). On the hair, which are in inactive phases (catagen, telogen), exposure is possible only when they sprout. Because people with a normal hormonal background need to go from six to eight procedures. Those who have too high a level of androgens (male sex hormones) will have to undergo one or two hair removal sessions per year.
After the hardware hair removal after some time, the hair will become more rigid, their number and speed of growth will increase.
Stimulate hair growth mainly by home depilation methods (especially shaving). And after professional hardware hair removal, hair growth speed decreases, they become soft, their amount decreases from procedure to procedure.
When the laser hair removal is very dehydrated skin.
No, the skin does not lose moisture during this procedure, since neither water, nor collagen, nor other structures of the skin on laser radiation react. The only effect that can take place is a slight reddening of the skin, which after several hours passes by itself.
Laser hair removal is an extremely painful procedure, it is carried out using injections of anesthetics.
Wrong opinion. No painful sensations do not cause laser hair removal, because during the procedure the surface to be treated cools the air stream from the apparatus. Even for epilation of sensitive areas (bikini area), an anesthetic ointment is enough, no injections are needed.
On tanned skin, hair removal is best not done.
This is not quite true. Indeed, melanin is formed in the tanned skin, which is a “target” for the laser. But some types of equipment for laser hair removal can correctly choose the program and protect the tanned skin from damage.
Laser hair removal can damage my health, the laser can have a negative effect on internal organs.
Actually, the laser beam has a specific wavelength, affecting only the cells containing melanin, located in the upper layers of the skin. In addition, it should be noted that the penetrating power of the laser beam is very low, it dissipates in the upper layers of the skin, and therefore can not affect the blood cells, blood and lymphatic vessels, deep layers of the skin, subcutaneous fat and muscle, and Especially the internal organs.
Photoepilation can not be performed during pregnancy, as it can adversely affect the development of the child, and sometimes provoke premature birth.
No, photoepilation does not influence the development of the fetus, and certainly can not provoke premature birth. Cosmetologists do not recommend doing photoepilation during this period for another reason: hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can provoke increased hair growth and increased sensitivity of the skin. Therefore it is more expedient to start a course of epilation after childbirth and end of breastfeeding, i.e. after stabilizing the hormonal background.
Laser exposure to the skin can lead to oncological diseases.
No, the appearance of tumors on the skin can provoke ultraviolet waves in the range of 320-400 nm, which the laser beam does not contain. However, if malignant formations already take place – from photoepilation and laser hair removal (as well as from any kinds of physical procedures) it is better to refuse.