How Permanent Is Laser Hair Removal?

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Laser hair removal is a highly recommended solution for permanently getting rid of unwanted hair. The treatment can eliminate up to 90% of hair in the target areas, with multiple sessions leading to long-term hair loss. At Perfect Skin Laser Center in Tempe, AZ we give you the most effective and powerful hair removal treatments. With our permanent cosmetic solutions, you can get smooth and flawless skin. More about laser hair removal cost.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

After all of your treatments are done within two to three months, the effects of a laser hair removal session can last for at least two years. Hair removal is considered permanent from a damaged hair follicle. However, people who have undergone hair removal may expect some hair to grow back in the targeted areas because not all hair follicles can be completely eradicated.

Over time, the area can be treated again to minimize the volume of hairs that grow back. In some instances, all hair can be permanently removed after regular treatments.

Why Does Hair Still Grow After the Treatment?

Whether hair comes back depends on many aspects, including the hair type that regenerates and your commitment to manual hair removal methods. After laser treatment, new hair growth becomes thinner and less noticeable. The laser will damage the hair follicle even though it doesn’t kill it. The hair will gradually recover if a follicle is damaged but not completely lost. Every hair follicle can be challenging to eradicate. For this reason, most people who undergo the treatment still notice regrowth.

Hair grows in stages. Your hair produces the pigment in the active cycle, which gives it its color, and the laser targets this pigment. Laser treatments for follicles in the active stage are most successful. The energy of the laser won’t harm follicles that are inactive or dormant. Waiting a few weeks between each treatment will enable more hair to shift from dormant into the active stage of development. Thus, repeat treatments will allow more follicles to be eradicated.

Can Laser Hair Removal Results Be Permanent?

Maintenance sessions help keep the treated areas almost permanently hairless. While you usually won’t need a touch-up for at least two years after you have finished your treatment, you may get repeat treatments at least once up to four times a year. Although some hair will eventually grow back, it will grow back smoother and less coarse than before.

Besides the frequency of treatment, the permanence of your treatment results may also depend on where the hair removal is being performed on the body. Areas like the lower legs, bikini, and arms typically show the best results. At the same time, thinner facial hair is less responsive to the treatment. Other factors that can affect your treatment’s efficacy include the level of energy used in the treatment, your specialist’s expertise, and your skin’s underlying condition.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser therapy for hair removal makes use of high-heat laser beams that heat the hair follicles and eventually destroy them. Your hair follicles are the ones in charge of producing new hair strands. When they become damaged or eradicated, your hair development becomes temporarily disabled. Manual hair removal methods only strip the hair from the surface. These approaches do not target follicles that grow hair.

Laser treatment sessions don’t take much time. Smaller areas, like the upper lip, can only take minutes. Larger hair removal areas, such as the back or chest, can take an hour or more. Don’t forget that although laser treatments have a high success rate, hair follicles eventually regenerate. You will require several sessions to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Why Are Repeat Treatments Needed?

Follow-up treatments are required so you can enjoy the full benefits of laser hair removal. The exact number of laser maintenance treatments varies per person. Most people require up to six laser therapy sessions. You will need to break this into a few weeks each. Therefore it may take up to a year to complete the treatment course.

You will most likely find fewer hairs growing back after each session. Any hair that remains or regenerates will become lighter in both texture and color.

How to Ensure That Follicles Don’t Regenerate

You will need periodic maintenance sessions to prevent hair follicles from regenerating. You will need a repeat treatment once or twice a year after your complete initial laser treatment, depending on your expectations for the treatment and personal goals.

Each session has the same schedule as your first laser treatment. The timing may also depend on the treatment area. If only a few small areas are touched up during your maintenance sessions, your appointment can become shorter.

What if You Wait Too Long Between Treatments?

If you want too long between treatments, your hair follicles may not be damaged enough to stop new hair from developing. You will see an initial decrease in hair regrowth, but you may also lose your progress. Not before long, your hair growth might return to average speeds. On the other hand, you can expect to see a permanent improvement if you complete your treatment sequence and follow your treatment schedule.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?

Most people should wait between four and eight weeks between each treatment. Several treatments are usually recommended for optimal results. During your consultation, we can prepare for you a customized treatment plan. Different factors will dictate your schedule, including your average hair growth rate, the regions for treatment, and your skin and hair color.

What Can You Expect From a Laser Treatment Session?

There are so many different choices when it comes to achieving smooth, hair-free skin. Laser treatment is the most exceptional way to remove hair from the body permanently. Treatments are quick, straightforward, and deliver lasting results.

Before Your Session

We will ask you to have a consultation with us first. We will assess your skin type during your appointment, review any prescriptions you have taken, and ask you about your general health background. Some forms of medication that can cause photosensitivity may result in less than desirable results. In case you are prescribed such medicines, we will either conduct a spot test or postpone your treatment until you have finished your medication,

If we decide that you are a good candidate, we may start the treatment with a test site first. Usually, this spot is within the arm. While we are waiting for a few moments to see how the test affects your skin, we ask that you tell us precisely what hair you want to remove.

Personal Care

We may also ask you to shave whatever you can. Some can find it hard to shave the whole bikini area, for example, but we will encourage you to try it out. Many people usually groom themselves much more quickly than when another person needs to shave their body for them. We also suggest that you shower or bathe before coming in and avoid using any lotions, creams, or fragrances.

Lifestyle Changes

Excessive sunlight exposure, either before or after laser treatments, is not recommended. We may also not conduct laser treatment on those who have recently been tanned after sun exposure. We impose these limits to ensure your safety and the health of your skin.

For the best results, you may schedule your treatment once your skin has healed and returned to a “fresh” state. The best way to prepare for laser hair removal is to maintain good physical health and avoid any skin damage.

During the Session

Everyone who undergoes laser therapy must wear protective eyewear. During the treatment, you may see a burst of light coming from the equipment, even when your eyes are closed completely. Our specialists often use a type of eyewear for safety reasons.

Areas of your body that are not to be treated with laser must be protected by clothing. Only the areas for hair removal should be exposed. We use clean, comfortable towels to cover every area near the treatment site. Your safety, security, and comfort are our top priorities. We will set your expectations and address all your concerns even before the treatment.

After the Session

After receiving the laser treatment, you may shave new hair growth or remove them through manual methods. You will not need to go to your next appointment with some evidence of hair regrowth. However, before manually removing new hair, you may need to wait for about a week after the treatment to ensure that your skin won’t suffer any irritation.

We suggest that you refrain from some manual hair removal methods such as waxing, tweezing, and plucking in between treatments. After a wax, body hair requires up to six weeks to fully develop. Waxing between sessions can also interfere with the treatment and decrease its efficacy. It’s preferable to shave if you want to remove body hair before our next session.

Activities to Avoid

We do not recommend you to engage in any heavy exercise after treatment. Excessive sweating may induce bacteria growth and harm your skin. Chafing is another form of irritation that can occur after your treatment if you participate in heavy physical activities.

Laser treatment can also make the skin more sensitive. We will advise you to avoid hot showers to avoid irritating the skin. Prolonged sun exposure, tanning, or using sunbeds after the treatment is not recommended. They can cause pigmentation changes in the treated areas.

Personal Care Adjustments

After laser treatment, hair follicles are vulnerable to irritants. Blocking the pores with too much makeup or cosmetics may cause skin reactions or acne growth. Following your treatment session, it is advisable to wait at least a day or two before using cosmetics. Every night before going to sleep, it’s also best to keep your skin clean using a mild cleanser.

We’ll also advise you not to use any form of lotion at least two days after the laser treatment. When it comes to moisturizing your skin, it’s best to choose natural and organic substances, such as aloe vera gel.

Get the Smooth, Hair-Free Skin You Desire

Although laser hair removal is not exactly permanent, it is still one of the best ways to reduce hair growth over a long period. Are you looking for an effective hair removal solution that gives you the flexibility and comfort you desire? Contact Perfect Skin Laser Center, to schedule your hair removal session! Our friendly, talented staff is here to help you get closer to your beauty goals.


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