some of the claims are correct, but most are exaggerated and some straight out wrong.
–Ineffective on lighter colored hair, or hair that has turned grey-- laser doesn’t work on red, blond, white hair
– Likelihood of inexperienced operators - there are lots of techs out there performing laser who don’t know what they’re doing (and should be avoided as with any other medical or cosmetic procedure). Same goes for electrologists. there are tons that are causing scars and infections etc as well. that’s why you need to look for an experienced one, whichever one you go with.
–laser doesn’t work on some people (this claim is exaggerated again. usually when it doesn’t work, there is a REASON like being treated by a tech described above at too low settings, treating light colored hair, underlying medical issues causing hair growth that are not addressed before laser etc). there is also maybe 10% of ppl who don’t respond for some reason. that’s why it’s advisable not to sign up for a package, but try out a test spot or one treatment first before you commit time and money.
–advertised in excess of outcomes (yes, unfortunately many consumers are overpromised the results because some ppl are out there just to gain profit in whichever way possible and lots of ppl go into laser with too high of expectations. if you know what to expect, you won’t be disappointed)
—FDA will not allow the use of the term “permanent” in describing its effect on hair – yes, but because it doesn’t kill ALL hair for most and not enough studies done yet. but in the same way, the only reason electrolysis is approved is because it was grandfathered in after being around for 100 yrs. there is no real proof there either.
–Earliest modalities of this device have been discontinued – yes, but those were usually IPL machines, like Epilase etc that didn’t work well. Current devices, true lasers, are powerful enough for sufficient removal.
Straight out WRONG:
–Significant possibility of deep tissue scarring and premature aging == HAIR REMOVAL laser doesn’t penetrate deep enough or heat the skin high enough to cause any damage. there are various types of lasers out there. HAIR REMOVAL lasers only penetrate deep enough to kill the follicle, they don’t damage any skin surface. I would even say it’s the other way around, the skin feels smoother and nicer after laser. Think about it. They use these machines for skin procedures as well to get rid of spots, wrinkles etc.
High tendency for re-growth – this is a ridiculous statement. regrowth with proper treatment is not any different from “regrowth” with electrolysis. hair is killed in the same way, in the first stage of growth. so if treatments are done correctly, it’s not “regrowth”. it’s hair that was dormant that is coming out. Same as with electrolysis.
Finally, a note of advice. Laser is taking away a lot of electrologists’ business because it can remove dark coarse hair much faster and more efficiently. Unfortunately, some electrologists use exaggerated claims to bash laser to steer people towards electrolysis. The smart ones, actually get a laser machine so they can work more efficiently on patients overall. Meaning, it’s most efficient to start with laser if you have light skin and lots of dark coarse hair and then finish off the sparse hairs with electrolysis. It’s never a good idea to take someone who has a personal interest and benefits from their statements to take them as a fact. That’s why these forums exist as well so you can determine the truth for yourself. None of us has any personal interest in where you decide to spend your money.
Also, in some cases, electrolysis IS a better way. Those include people with light hair, very dark skin and ligher hair, sparse hair, very fine hair, places where there is only a small amount of hair, some facial hair, etc.
In addition, if you search in the same way for electrolysis, there are tons of horror stories as well. Once again, as with any procedure, it depends on the skill of the practitioner.