Laser Hair Removal: Is it really permanent?
These days, hair removal is generally viewed as a cosmetic issue -- getting rid of those hairy legs or the embarrassing girl (mus)“stache”.
Traditional hair removal methods have evolved over time but they can only provide temporary results - some even fewer than 24 hours. You can shave everything away quickly or use depilatory creams that dissolve hair in minutes but oftentimes, within hours or possibly days, you are back at it again running a razor over tender skin or tweezing out hair that has immediately grown back.
If you want a more thorough hair removal, you might consider waxing or sugaring, which snatches the hair at the root. Hair doesn’t grow back for weeks, but it’s a painful process. To make it worse, these methods can often stimulate hair growth!
Laser hair removal is one of the fastest-growing methods of ridding the body of unwanted hair. The appeal of laser hair removal stems from its effectiveness, efficiency and convenience. It can be performed virtually anywhere on the body where you experience unwanted hair growth.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser and IPL systems use energy in the form of light to denature the blood supply to the hair follicle - without damaging the surrounding skin. The energy from the light source is absorbed by the pigment, called melanin, which gives hair its color. The light is converted to heat energy, which in turn disables the hair follicle so that it will not produce another hair.
Why are multiple treatments needed?
If you have struggled with excessive facial or body hair, then you know how difficult it is to remove those tough hair. Although laser hair removal is designed to permanently eliminate the hair, that doesn’t
mean it has the strength to get the most difficult hairs all at once.
Hairs do not fall out immediately, but you will shed them over a period of days to weeks. This may look like continued hair growth. The repeated treatments are usually necessary because hair growth and loss naturally occur in a cycle, typically every 4-6 weeks depending on the part of the body. Laser treatment works best with hair follicles in the new-growth stage. That is why it usually takes 5-10 sessions to effectively treat an area. Results vary significantly per person and are difficult to predict.
Is Laser Hair Removal really permanent?
Another thing to keep in mind is that your body, as long as you are well and alive, will produce new hair. This process will continue despite laser hair removal and the growth of new hair is actually why you need
touch-up or booster sessions once or twice a year to keep them from growing back.
Why consider Laser Hair Removal?
Think of it as a beauty investment! Choosing this treatment over other techniques has its advantages.
You can now stop buying razors and cancel your waxing appointments. Imagine all the money you can save in the long run!
A session of laser hair removal on the underarms takes about 20 minutes, every 2 weeks or every month, with you comfortably lying down on a bed waiting for your hair to be zapped away. No need to spend time and effort in the shower shaving or waxing!
This treatment can actually help smooth out and lighten the body area you’re getting treated.
The way we see it, your body is something you will have the rest of your life, it's definitely worth investing in! If you can give up shaving and still have smooth, hairless skin, maybe it’s time to ditch the razor for the laser?