There is no doubt that cosmetic lasers have made getting rid of unwanted hair a lot easier, particularly for people who once used tedious hair removal methods. Some of the lasers being used to perform the procedure promise a hair-free life, but is laser hair removal really permanent?
How laser hair removal works
The beam of light the laser emits penetrates deep into the skin, targeting the dark pigment at the base of the hair follicle. The light energy destroys the follicle, without harming the surrounding skin.
Is laser hair removal Permanent?
Laser hair removal can get rid of unwanted hair for the long term, but it is not a permanent solution. The procedure destroys the hair follicle and prevents hair from re-growing. However, it does not get rid of all the hair in one go. It’s been estimated that as much as 70% of hair is eliminated by laser hair removal.
The laser targets many hairs at once, but only some of them will be removed, as it only impacts actively growing hair. The hair growth cycle consists of 3 phases – active, transition, and resting – but the laser energy can only damage hair in the active phase. Hence, it typically takes 4 to 6 sessions to achieve optimal hair removal.
After initial laser hair removal treatments the skin will be free of hair for several months in most cases. However, new hair follicles develop over time, so maintenance laser treatments are recommended, in order to target the new growth.
If you’re interested in learning more about whether or not laser hair removal is permanent, call the Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery in Lanham, MD. You can book an appointment with Dr. Nia Banks by calling 301-880-7022.