One of the most common questions asked about laser hair removal is if laser hair removal permanently removes unwanted hair. There are areas on the body that both men and women want removed permanently and often seek out laser hair removal treatments. However, does it really remove unwanted hair forever? Open Door Med Spa would like to shine the light on laser hair removal and how it works to remove unwanted body hair.
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?
There are many men and women who want to remove unwanted body hair and will put all their hopes on laser hair removal. However, the truth about laser hair removal is that it will not permanently remove body hair. When getting laser hair removal, it will kill and remove the hair. The follicles will then go into a state of dormancy for a long period of time. However, the hair follicle will at some point wake up and hair will begin to grow. How long the hair follicle remains dormant is different for each person. However, when hair does grow back, it is finer and lighter than it was before and fewer hairs will grow back. When this occurs you can receive laser hair removal treatment again, which often takes fewer sessions and takes even longer to grow back than it did before. To understand why hair will come back it is important to know how laser hair removal treatment works.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser therapy uses a high heat laser beam which creates a mild form of radiation. During laser hair removal treatments, the laser heats up the hair follicles. The hair follicle that lays just underneath the skin is heated up and destroyed. Once the hair follicle is destroyed, hair production is temporarily disabled. Laser hair removal is the more effective and longer lasting method of hair removal. Many people will tweeze, shave, or wax the body for only a few days of no hair. Laser hair removal on average can last between 6 to 12 months after which touch-up treatments will be needed.
Laser Hair Removal Areas of Body
Laser hair treatments can be done all over the body. Some of the more common areas are the face, neck, underarms, chest, back, legs, and bikini line. Laser hair removal is most effective with darker colored hair with lighter skin tones. This is because the laser targets the follicle’s melanin which produces the hair color. When it does grow back, the darker hair becomes much more lighter and less noticeable.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Does it Take?
After laser hair treatment, you will notice that hair will shed off for a few days after the first session. However, it often takes between 4 to 6 sessions for the first round of laser hair treatment to be successful. Each treatment, depending on the location and size, lasts as long as 15 minutes or slightly longer. Each treatment secession is schedule on average six weeks apart as the skin and follicle need time to heal. After the completion of all laser hair removal treatments, you can be hair free for 6 months to a full year before maintenance treatments are needed.