Beauty Treatment Claims on the Rise: Myths and Truths About Laser Hair Removal

Much has been talked about laser hair removal, both to praise its benefits and to criticize it. Yet there is still much disinformation that surrounds this sector, and some horror stories of laser hair removal gone wrong – ending up in serious burn injuries and legal action such as beauty treatment claims against the practitioner.

So, here we talk about the myths and truths that surround this system of hair removal, as well as the various types of treatment available.

Myths and truths about laser hair removal

  • It can cause some disease in the skin. This statement is totally false since this type of hair removal is totally safe, however, it must always be supervised by medical personnel to avoid any type of adverse effect and guarantee its safety and effectiveness.

  • It’s very painful. Nor is this true, since professionals adapt the power setting of the laser depending on the skin. This means that while you might feel some heat, it should not be very painful either since in that case, its power would be too high. In specific cases of extreme sensitivity, there is the possibility of combining it with an anesthetic cream.

  • It damages the lymph nodes of the armpits. The laser has no action on them since its wavelength penetrates very little into the skin without reaching the ganglion chains. Also, since they are not pigmented, the laser will have no effect on them, because it acts on melanin (present in the hair).

  • It’s responsible for the appearance of cysts. This is another of the myths surrounding laser hair removal since its wavelength is absorbed by hair melanin. One of the possible side effects, very rare, is the appearance of a pseudo-folliculitis that produces an inflammation of the follicle, but which in no case would be considered a cyst.

  • It’s the same in all beauty centres. No, this is not true since a quality beauty centre will have different systems, managed by medical personnel and within the necessary regulations to guarantee its effectiveness. Others may use machines that have lost effectiveness or have less-qualified personnel.

There are different types of hair removal systems which can be more or less effective according to skin phototype. These encompass both pulsed light and different types of lasers focused on hair removal:

  • Pulsed light

Transforms the light of a high energy lamp, such as xenon; it contains different wavelengths in the same machine and, in addition to hair removal, can be used for rejuvenation or vascular treatments.

  • Laser

It has one or two wavelengths, but there are different types of lasers. It is a medical device and must be supervised by a qualified professional.


 – Ruby: ideal for light skin with dark hair.

 – Alexandrite: recommended for light and medium skin with brown and dark hair

 – Diode: from clear to tanned, in addition to different applications. Advised for skin a little browner than that ideal for the Alexandrite.

 – Intense pulsed light: a non-invasive mixed light that can treat a wide range of skin and hair.

In general terms, depending on the area to be treated, the most advisable lasers would be:

  • Face: Alexandrite and pulsed light.

  • Arms: Alexandrite and pulsed light.

  • Whole legs: Alexandrite and pulsed light.

  • Armpits: Alexandrite, diode and pulsed light.

  • Linea alba: Alexandrite and pulsed light.

Whilst most hair removal procedures are undertaken without any issues, should you experience adverse effects, burns or another injury as a result of undergoing treatment, first seek medical attention, and then legal help from experts in beauty treatment claims such as

With the right evidence, you may be eligible for compensation for any injuries sustained.

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