The question is laser hair removal permanent has one simple answer. And I think you’ve guessed where I’m heading with this. The answer is no.
Laser hair removal works by sending a beam of light into the skin, attacking the hair follicle. Unfortunately, instead of permanently destroying it, it just makes it inactive. The intense beam of light is put to sleep for an extended period of time.
Electrolysis destroys the hair follicle by sending electrical impulses into each follicle.
It Reduces Hair Growth Rate
Laser hair removal is a method that reduces hair growth rate.
That means that it offers patients the possibility to be a certain percentage hair-free for a limited number of years, the average being 2 years.
That percentage differs. Some people can achieve even 90% hair growth reduction. That means that 90% of the hairs won’t grow anymore for a period of time.
If that person undergoes some maintenance sessions throughout the years, once every 6 months or a year, the follicles will remain inactive for a very very long time so, it will give the impression that it’s permanent.
However, patients that aren’t so lucky can get a lower percentage.
The truth is that no one can guarantee 100% success rate. Technology is not there yet but I’m sure things will get better.
What More You Need to Know
This method can also be painful. For some, it’s like the pain caused by rubber band snaps. For others, it’s more intense.
Between sessions you are allowed only to shave. The follicle must be intact that’s why you can only shave because waxing and epilation removes hairs from the root.
The perfect candidates for the procedure are people with dark hair and light skin. The good news is that treatment options for those with darker skin tones or lighter hair continues to be researched.
The side effects include irritations, burns, and pigment changes. By pigment changes I mean that the treated area might become darker for two weeks or even more.
The idea is that I believe that it’s best to have the treatments in the winter. A tan also increases the risk of side effects so, definitely it’s so much better in the winter or the autumn. Also, after each treatment you should avoid sun exposure.
Let me know in a comment if you have any experience with laser hair removal, that would be really great.