Are you tired of shaving and booking hassle waxing appointments to get rid of your unwanted body hair? 

Are you looking for a permanent solution for your unwanted hair growth?

A nonsurgical treatment called laser hair removal may be the solution for you.

Many people turn to this procedure as a solution to take care of unwanted facial and body hair. It’s proven to get rid of unwanted hair follicles and produce long-term results.

However, many are still doubting its results. Is it permanent? Is it effective?

We’ll answer all these questions about laser hair removal. Read on.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is an aesthetic procedure that uses a laser to remove unwanted hair.

The treatment specifically targets the hair follicle with light energy. When the pigment (melanin) from hair absorbs this heat, it damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs, preventing or delaying future growth.

Most patients need to undergo multiple laser hair removal sessions for 2-3 months. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), the lasers used in this procedure can be used on most parts of the body, especially in large areas. Laser hair removal can treat the:

  • Back
  • Bikini area
  • Chest
  • Face, especially the upper lip and chin
  • Neck
  • Shoulders

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

So, how long does laser hair removal last? Is it really permanent?

The short answer is not exactly. Undergoing laser hair reduction treatment does not mean you’ll never have to shave again. 

Laser hair removal treatments are permanent when the hair follicles are destroyed. However, if the hair follicles are only damaged, the hair will eventually regrow.

Although you’ll never get rid of 100% of all hair follicles, you’ll be able to reduce them by about 75%-90%. 

Multiple sessions are needed for initial hair removal, and maintenance treatments might be needed as well. 

The procedure is recommended on all skin types but is most effective for those with light skin and dark hair.

Does hair come back after? 

The hair has a unique growth cycle, from resting and shedding to growing. Hair under the resting phase is not visible to the laser, so the patient may have to wait until it grows before removing it.

When the hair follicle is only damaged, the hair will eventually regrow. Your aesthetician will recommend another hair removal session.

Once your course of laser treatment is complete, you may not see regrowth for many months or years.

Take note that hormonal fluctuations and hair follicle reactivation by androgens (dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and testosterone) can also affect hair growth. Over time, any hair that grows back should be very sparse and fine.

5 Key Factors in a Successful Procedure

underarm hair laser removal

Like other procedures, the outcome of this laser treatment depends on several factors, including:

1. Skin type & color

Your skin pigment plays a key role in the laser’s overall effectiveness in removing unwanted hairs.

2. Treatment area

Some areas of the body grow hair faster than others.

3. Density of hair

The thickness and concentration of your hair follicles are key factors.

4. Overall health

Since hormonal imbalance affects hair growth, your diet and lifestyle can affect the treated areas. Consult with your doctor regarding your health information and if you’re a good candidate for the hair reduction treatment.

5. Aftercare commitment

While recovery is quick, the proper care of your skin should be ongoing. Avoid sunlight and don’t use a tanning bed for about six weeks, as directed by your doctor. 

Always use sunscreen with SPF30 daily if you’ll go outdoors.

Are You A Good Candidate? 

Laser hair removal is ideal for those with dark and coarse types of hair. 

The treatment is less effective for hair colors that don’t absorb light well such as gray, red, blond, and white. However, there are ongoing product developments for laser treatment options for light-colored hair.

Although the procedure works best for large treatment areas like the legs, underarms, arms, and back, it will still work on small areas with lighter hair types like the upper lip, chin, and bikini area.

Book Your Appointment Now!

Since hair reduction laser treatments are noninvasive, you can get your desired results without the need for a surgical knife. 

After and in between treatments, make sure to follow a good skincare and self-care routine for best results.

To make sure the procedure is safe and effective, only trust a board-certified medical aesthetician

If you’re in Arizona, Prescott Medical Aesthetics in Prescott, AZ is here to take care of your hair problems. 

Contact and schedule a consultation with us to experience the best and safest laser treatments in Prescott!

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