Beliefs & Perceptions about Laser Hair Removal Amongst
Students of a Private Medical College in Islamabad
REHMAN F.U., NIAZI N.A.K.
Correspondence: Dr Farid-ur-Rehman, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology
Foundation University Medical College, Rawalpindi. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: It was hypothesized that misconceptions prevail amongst undergraduate medical students about laser hair
Objectives: To determine the extent of misconceptions about laser hair removal amongst undergraduate medical students.
Methods: The students of Foundation University Medical College of the first four year classes were included in the study.
These students completed a specially designed questionnaire.
Results: A total of three hundred and forty five students participated in the study. The age range was from 17-21 years. The
male to female ratio was 1:1.75. With respect to the side effects of laser hair removal, 72% believed that laser treatment is
harmful to skin, 68% believed that laser treatment causes skin cancers, 64% believed that laser treatment causes eye damage
and 10% believed that laser treatment is extremely painful. On the issue of laser hair removal, 19% believed that laser
treatment involves the use of a fine needle, 84% believed that laser hair removal is more effective than waxing of hair, 48%
suggested that white hair can also be treated by laser, 11% suggested that laser hair removal involves a single treatment
session and 9% suggested that laser hair removal alone is sufficient in a female with irregular menstrual cycle.
Conclusions: Misconceptions about laser hair removal prevail amongst our undergraduate medical students. An education
program on laser hair removal is needed to improve their knowledge about this therapeutic option.
Key Words: laser, misconceptions, laser hair removal.
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