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Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 0 0

You may be wondering if laser hair removal is considered a permanent solution. Of all of the many available hair removal techniques, electrolysis is the only method that the FDA has certified as permanent. This does not mean, however, that laser removal results are short-lived. On the contrary, most recipients find that their unwanted hair remains dormant for years. The follicle becomes disabled, not destroyed, during the laser treatment and therefore the possibility for possible future regrowth exists.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Long-lasting, hair free results depend on many important factors. The thickness of the treated area of skin greatly effects the outcome of the laser removal. Although the bikini line and armpit, traditionally areas with thinner skin, enjoy the best results, it is possible with the right equipment to successfully remove the hair from the thicker skinned areas like the back and chin. As this technique requires specific precision and updated machinery it is vital that a qualified and reputable dermatologist is performing the procedure.

Although, after time, some hair may regrow following laser hair removal treatment, the hairs that reappear are finer and lighter than those targeted in the original sessions. In many instances, if the lasers used aren't properly calibrated or are not of the newest variety, regrowth becomes a distinct possibility, especially when the treated follicles are blonde. Many of the lasers used today should not be used on lighter, softer hair as they will not bring about the best results and no lasers presently exist that can fully remove fine "peach fuzz" hairs.

Hair growth follows a cyclical pattern and enter growth phases at different times. This makes it impossible for all follicles to be treated in the same removal session. Spacing appointments about 30 days apart provides the doctor the opportunity to target all actively growing hairs. It is also important to note that the best and longest-lasting results will be enjoyed when 6-8 visits are scheduled, allowing for all areas to be tended to.

Some individuals will experience better or less optimal results than others. This, of course, is usually the case with all cosmetic or beauty treatments and should not deter possible patients from seeking treatment. Predicting results is not possible but expecting to re-visit the clinic for touch-ups and modifications will undoubtedly improve the final outcome of the experience. Because laser hair removal is an ongoing process, the need for repeat visits decreases as time goes on.

It is important to communicate with your dermatologist during all stages of the laser hair removal process. Discussions before, during and also after your treatments are all vital to achieving personal hair removal goals. If the desired results aren't happening, there may be an as-yet undetected medical condition that causes unusually excessive hair growth. If this happens to be the case laser treatments could prove unsuccessful as the body produces hairs more rapidly than the dermatologist can remove them. If the proper type of laser is used to target these areas and the practitioner possesses the proper skill set, your results will improve even if unusual circumstances exist. Covering these topics prior to the treatment is an invaluable part of successful laser treatment.


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