Even though laser hair removal has technically been in existence since the 1970′s you may still be asking the question, does laser hair removal work? This is probably because you haven’t heard a whole lot of information about it, as razors are still the main focus of advertisers for removing unwanted hair. But laser hair removal is becoming more popular every day.
Yes, but not with just one treatment.
Here is what happens. The laser delivers pulses of light that can be absorbed into the hair follicles below the skin. When absorbed, the heat from the light will either completely destroy the root of the hair follicle or damage it. If you end up with a destroyed root then your hair will not grow back.
1. The Anagen stage is where your hair is experiencing growth. The time that hair spends in this phase depends on the length of the hair, but at this moment about 90% of your scalp hairs are in the Anagen stage and can stay there for anywhere between 2-8 years!
2. The Catagen stage, which lasts between 2-3 weeks, occurs after the Anagen stage, and it is when your hair is finished actively growing. Essentially, the hair is cut off from its blood supply and from any cells that would produce new hair.
3. The Telogen stage is when the nothing much is going on with your hair follicle – or in other words it rests. This stage can last for well over 2 months. After the hair rests it leaves the body and is replaced by a new hair in the Anagen stage.
The Anagen stage is when the laser treatment has the best chance of permanently stopping any more hair growth. Because only 60% of your entire body hair is in the Anagen stage at any point in time, you will need to get anywhere from 3-7 treatments to permanently remove the hair.
In the beginning, hair laser removal worked best with dark hair and light skin. This is because the melanin pigment, found in darker skin, absorbs light. The darker the skin, the more concentration of melanin pigment there is. So, in the beginning the laser light would be soaked into the skin rather than the hair follicle. This caused burns and no results.
But now, new lasers have been produced that have made it possible to remove hair on people with darker skin. And this has also made laser hair removal safer for patients with darker skin. But word of mouth says that these new lasers still don’t work that great for dark skin. Ultimately you would be taking a chance that it’s going to work – but without the guarantee that it will.
Yes. Laser hair removal can be done on every part of your body. Females are more likely to get the face, underarms, neck, nipples, stomach, bikini line, and the butt done. While men are more likely to get the face, neck, back, feet, and chest done.
This is probably the biggest concern when it comes to the question, does laser hair removal work…and the answer is, probably not.
While there is no guarantee one way or the other, a lady who works at a laser hair removal clinic was quick to point out that there are many false claims and expectations about laser hair removal, and the biggest is that you will be completely hairless.
She explained that you will never really be able to remove all of your unwanted hair, but you should be able to remove close to 90% of it. The leftover hair will be fine and barely noticeable, and will only have to be shaven once a month. For many people this is a still a highly desirable option to having unwanted hair.
An ingrown hair is what happens when your hair grows in the wrong direction. It’s painful and annoying, and your ingrown hairs can become infected – especially if you continue with your regular routine of shaving that caused them in the first place.
Ingrown hairs will commonly affect you on your most frequently shaved areas. This is usually the bikini and leg area for women and the face for men. Both which are very annoying places to have them.
Laser hair removal can get rid of your ingrown hair, and stop it from returning by killing your hair follicle at the base of it. Essentially you end up damaging the life support to your hair follicle, and once that happens your hair can no longer grow back.
So, to answer the question “Does laser hair removal work?” – Yes it does. If you are a little darker skinned then you may experience results different than your lighter skinned peers. And even if you are lighter skinned it may take several treatments to catch all of your hair in the Anagen stage and produce the desired results.