Does Laser Hair Removal Work permanently
Does it work? Absolutely! Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the US. It is also one of the cheapest, least invasive, and safest permanent cosmetic procedures available, and has been available commercially since the mid 1990s. This procedure is offered by thousands of plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and even day spas. There are even FDA approved home use devices which can be purchased for a few hundred dollars online.
How Does it Work?
Laser hair removal works by shooting a beam of light at the roots of the hair. The dark pigment of the hair absorbs the heat, much like dark colored clothing on a hot summer day. The heat travels down the shaft of the hair follicle, damaging the root. After an average of three to six different treatments, with an average wait time of three to eight weeks in between sessions, this damage can cause a permanent cessation of growth. The more pigment in the hair follicle, the more effective this will be. This means that dark, coarse hair on light colored skin is the most quickly eliminated, but a high quality laser hair removal facility will have a variety of different lasers which can effectively remove hair from many different textures and skin tones. For example, darker skinned patients a long pulsed laser with a cooling tip can be safely used to reduce and eliminate body hair.
Is the Hair Completely Eliminated Permanently?
No, not entirely. The coarseness and the color of your body hair will vary all over your body. Different hair follicles will also be in different stages of growth, which will also affect the laser's ability to damage the root. Laser hair removal will target dark, pigmented hair much more efficiently than it will fine, dewey hair. Dark brown or black hair which is in an active growth stage will be targeted the most effectively. This is why it takes multiple appointments to cause noticeable, permanent hair reduction. It takes between six and nine sessions to reduce hair by approximately 90 percent. Different stages in life also promote different patterns of hair growth. You may find that as you age, you will grow hair in areas outside of the treatment areas that you never had before. In this case, it is easy to return and repeat treatments.
There is currently no laser technology which can permanently remove 100 percent of unwanted body hair, a full laser hair treatment can turn your daily shaving routine into a monthly job. Not only are number of hairs reduced significantly, coarseness is reduced, as is the time it takes to regrow. Laser Hair Removal has gained a popular following because of their speed and efficiency.