22 Skin Treatment Myths Debunked

22 Skin Treatment Myths Debunked

You’ve heard it all before, horror stories of treatments going wrong, or scaremongering about what could go wrong. From ideas that treatments will work wonders overnight, don’t work at all, or might even give you cancer, the internet today is a wild assortment of loosely backed-up claims and misinformation. And few topics suffer from as much myth-making as that of skin and laser treatment.

Almost all of us are concerned with how we look and how it can be improved, and that desire means we go online to learn how, where we can be easily misled. We’ve decided to set the record straight and de-bunk all the myths surrounding laser tattoo removal, hair removal, mole removal, acne treatment and even Botox and fillers.

Whether you’re worried about what could happen if you get that regrettable tattoo lasered off, if hair removal is too expensive, or if Botox will freeze your facial expressions, we’re here to cure your fears so you can finally get it done.


Laser Tattoo Removal

  • It’s too painful

It’s often described as a little bit more painful than having a tattoo done – it’s really nothing to worry about, especially if you’ve already been able to put up with getting it done in the first place! On the bright side, most places also offer a numbing cream which can help with soreness, and it’s a much quicker process than getting the tattoo done – most removals are done in less than five minutes.

  • It causes scarring

When used properly, laser technology has a very minimal risk of scarring. Since lasers are such precise tools, if you’re in the right hands the only damage done will be done to the tattoo and not to your skin

  • It doesn’t always work

Highly detailed and colourful tattoos can be difficult to completely remove, but almost all can be fully removed leaving no trace or scarring. As long as you haven’t got a huge detailed oil painting on your back, you should be fine.

  • It exposes the skin to infections

Laser treatment doesn’t actually break the surface of your skin, so the risk of infection is incredibly low. When it does happen, it’s usually because of a blister bursting or scabs being picked around the area of the tattoo. As long as you listen to and follow the advice of the practitioner regarding aftercare, there will be no need to worry about it getting infected.

Laser Hair Removal

  • It’s too painful

OK, it’s not as comfortable as being stroked by kittens, but the kind of pain you’ll feel is nothing you can’t handle – otherwise you wouldn’t get people having hour-long sessions!

  • It’s not permanent

Completely permanent hair removal doesn’t exist, and many times laser hair removal has been proven to provide the best long-term clearance. This is because the laser penetrates the top layers of the skin to target the hair follicle at its base.

  • I’ve tried it before and it didn’t work

If this is the case, more often than not it’s because you’ve had IPL instead of a laser treatment. IPL stands for intense pulsed light, and fires light of different wavelengths into your skin to target the hair cells. Because of its low power, this is not often fully effective, and works better for fairer skinned people with darker hair. Laser, on the other hand, can be specifically calibrated for your own skin and hair type, meaning anyone can get effective treatment.

  • It damages internal organs and health

The average depth of laser penetration is between 1 and 4mm under the skin, so there’s no chance for it to pass through to your internal organs. The laser only hits hair follicles and then dissipates, leaving the surrounding skin free from any damage.

  • I can’t go in the sun afterwards

You should be a little more careful with sun exposure, avoiding strong and direct sun for any extended period of time, for about a month after your treatment. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Use common sense, and always listen to the advice of your technician.

  • It’s too expensive

Countless studies have shown that over the course of your lifetime it’s much more cost effective to opt for laser hair removal instead of waxing. Though the cost of a one-off laser treatment might be more than waxing, the treatment result lasts much longer, so you don’t need anywhere near as many treatments. This means over the course of 10 years, for example, you’ll spend less if you go for laser.

Mole Removal

  • It causes scarring

In almost all cases, a clinically benign mole can be removed by shave excision, leaving just a slightly paler mark that gradually fades away and disappears – the risk of leaving a scar is minimal. Some brown marks can also be removed using a laser or liquid nitrogen treatment, which also has minimal risk of scarring. Always ensure you get a clinical diagnosis before opting for treatment.

  • It’s too expensive

Actually, including lab analysis to confirm the diagnosis, it usually costs less than £500. Removal of multiple skin tags can also usually be done for around £150.

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  • It’s a toxin and I don’t want to put poison inside me

This is one of the most common myths and is really no reason for alarm. In the same way that the revolutionary medicine Penicillin is derived from a fungus, Botox is a purified molecule derived from a bacterium: Clostridium Botulinum. In medicine, anything that affects nerve function is called a toxin – this doesn’t mean it will harm the body at all.

  • It will freeze my facial expressions

Treatments can be tailored to your requirements, so you can opt for a more softened look instead of a more frozen look. Those frozen facial expressions you see on TV are from people going for a tighter look.

  • I’m worried about my eyelids drooping

When this happens it’s almost always dependent on the position of the B. Toxin injections – the more experienced the practitioner, the less risk there is of this happening. As long as you go with a reputed and experienced practitioner, this should be nothing to put you off, as it is very effective with wrinkles and frown lines.

  • Am I getting the real thing?

On the subject of botox, please take extra care when purchasing treatments or products online, as many can be counterfeits which are often unapproved by state drug administrations. Since the product itself is very potent, impure or mislabelled concentrations can be potentially dangerous. This also applies when choosing a practitioner, as an inexperienced or unqualified practitioner may have unknowingly purchased fraudulent and unsafe versions of Botox.


  • I don’t want a trout pout for lips

This is completely dependent on the amount used in treatment. Based on your requirements, a small amount can be used to create a natural enhancement, without having any exaggerated effects.

Acne Treatment

  • I should see results overnight

Laser treatment for acne does work faster than most other treatments, but it’s still impossible to see overnight results. You should give around 8-10 weeks to see noticeable improvement when treating acne and scarring, as it takes time for the skin to heal and renew. The best results often aren’t enjoyed until around six months after the last session.

  • The GP said I’d grow out of it

Whilst this is true for some people, many suffer from acne well into adult life, and some even manage to escape it until later on in life. Either way, there’s no need to just put up with it, as there are many proven, effective treatments, such as prescribed medication, clinical treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser treatments.

  • It shouldn’t be combined with any other treatments

Unless your doctor or practitioner has clearly said so, there’s no reason not to combine laser treatment with other acne treatment, especially things like oral medicines. Always consult a professional if you’re unsure!

  • One session is all I need

Nowadays, to be most effective and safe, acne laser treatment is done as a gradual process. This means you’ll need multiple sessions to complete your treatment,which may be combined with medical microdermabrasion, dermaroller treatments or chemical peels for best results.

…and finally:

  • Anyone can do this treatment

Whilst there are thousands of places that offer these kinds of acne treatments, we always recommend going to experienced and appropriately qualified medical professionals, to ensure you get safe and effective treatment.

Hopefully these pointers have helped conquer some of your fears of getting treatment done. If you have any other worries or concerns don’t hesitate to get in touch!