Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

is laser hair removal permanent?
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We cannot categorically state that laser hair removal is permanent. The laser gets rid of hair by damaging the hair follicle, which is responsible for hair growth. The hair removal process only becomes permanent when the hair follicle is destroyed. When it is only damaged, the hair will grow back, however, it may take a long while and this time, it will be fewer, lighter and thinner.

Removing unwanted hair from the body is a common procedure every human has to go through. This is usually done in various ways, however, some of the methods to remove hair can be unsatisfying, harsh, or stressful. If you have tried these other methods and still want to explore other options to get your desired result, then you should continue reading this.

Laser hair removal is a cosmetics process of removing or reducing excess hair by exposing the body to the heat of laser lights, which damages the hair follicles. Did it start recently? No, laser hair removal had begun many years ago, even before it was commercialized in 1995/1996. It is one of the minimally invasive cosmetics treatments done in the united states. Not just the united states, laser hair removal is practiced in many clinics all over the world.

Laser Hair Removal: The procedure

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
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Before the treatment begins, the area where you want the treatment will be trimmed to a low millimeter and cleaned. In some cases, the numbing gel will be applied to the skin surface, 20- 30 minutes before the procedure. Everyone in the room is required to wear protective eyewear to secure the eyes from the laser.

The laser equipment will be placed to match the color, thickness, and position of the hair you want to remove. Then a patch test will be conducted, the medical specialist places the laser on a part of the skin and pay attention to that for a while, this is to be sure the equipment is placed at its best settings. The process may take a while, depending on how big the place you want to be treated is.

When the treatment is done, you may be given anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, ice packs, etc., you may also be required to schedule another appointment3- 6 weeks later, or more, until the hair stops growing

What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

  1. Lasers can target dark and strong hair without causing harm to the skin.
  2. You can get your hair removed in less time with lasers. For smaller areas, you won’t be spending more than 20 minutes and an hour for bigger areas. You do not have to worry about spending the whole day at the spa.
  3. Getting your hair removed with a laser, assures you that you will not have to deal with the hair, for a long time.
  4. When you get laser removal, it saves you the money for buying shaving creams, razors, waxing appointments, etc., for months. Laser removal treatment is less expensive to all of these things in the long run.

While there are so many good reasons to get unwanted hair removed this way, there are also important questions people ask concerning this treatment. One such question is; Is laser hair removal permanent? After getting it done, does it mean I don’t have to bother about getting my hair removed ever?

No, Laser hair removal is not entirely permanent but continuous use may result in permanent hair loss.

The hair growth of each person is unique and dependent on the person’s hair growth cycle. If your hair grows faster, then you may experience regrowth in a short time (still longer than other methods), however, most people grow back hair after few months.

Once the hair grows back, you can go for more appointments, to get rid of the hair once again. After some time of getting the treatment, it may become permanent.

Laser Hair Removal Permanent? FAQ

How many sessions do I need for laser hair removal?

The number of sessions you need will be told to you by your beauty consultant or medical specialist. However, on average, most people require 4 – 6 sessions, these sessions will be spaced out by 5-6 weeks each. It will take a long time to fully complete the treatment.
However, as you go for each session, you will notice a reduction in the hair that grows back the next time. at the end of the full session, you may also experience permanent hair loss.

Do I shave before laser hair removal?

Yes! You should shave before you go for your laser treatment. However, it is best if you do this 24 hours before your appointment. This is because the laser has to identify the root of the hair to get rid of it. also, try not to get a cut as it can make the treatment painful.

Can you laser hair removal every day?

This may not be necessary, this is because once the hair is removed once, it will take a while to grow back. Applying it every day is the same as killing what is already dead.

How painful is laser hair removal?

The pain from laser hair removal is minimal, it is designed to target hair follicles with tiny high laser beams hence you are sure to feel the heat. Laser hair removal feels like your skin is being snapped with a rubber band.

Does hair grow thicker after laser?

Yes, laser hair removal can cause thicker and darker to grow or regrow in the adjacent areas to the one being treated but in very rare cases. When hair grows back after laser hair removal, it’s typically sparse and very fine.

Can I shave in between laser treatments?

Yes! you can shave in between each section of laser hair removal. You can shave any hair that regrows during your course of treatment. Some hair will regrow after each treatment and it’s okay to shave them.

What hurts more laser or waxing?

Laser hair removal tends to be more painful but mainly along the bikini line. The pain is said to be similar to waxing but the only difference is that laser hair removal takes longer and it is claimed to be more uncomfortable.

Final thoughts 

Laser hair removal is presently known as the most effective of all the methods of removing hair. However, you should expect that your hair will not permanently leave the first time you get this treatment done. You may need to complete the full treatment before you get this result.