For those of us who are tired of dealing with unwanted hair, laser hair removal seems like a godsend. But how does it work? Is it permanent? How much does it cost? Today, we’re answering all of your most pressing questions about laser hair removal so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not this treatment is right for you.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair follicle with a concentrated beam of light. The heat from the laser damages the follicle and prevents future hair growth. It usually takes several sessions to achieve the desired results.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
While laser hair removal is not technically permanent, it can provide long-lasting results. Most people see a significant reduction in hair growth after just a few sessions. And, for those who do experience regrowth, the hair is usually lighter and thinner than it was before treatment.
There are a few different factors that can affect how long your results last. Those factors include:
- Your Skin Tone – If you have lighter skin, you’re more likely to see longer-lasting results from laser hair removal than someone with darker skin. That’s because the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, and it can be more difficult to target that pigment in dark skin.
- The Color of Your Hair – Similarly, the color of your hair can also affect how long your results last. The best results are usually seen in people with dark hair and light skin. If you have lighter hair, it may be more difficult to get rid of all the unwanted hair. Some people with very light-colored hair may need to undergo multiple treatment sessions to see the desired results.
- Your Hormone Levels – Hormonal changes can cause new hair growth, which means that you may need touch-up treatments after you’ve completed your initial round of laser hair removal treatments. That’s why it’s important to keep track of your hormone levels and talk to your dermatologist about any changes you experience. If you’re going through menopause or puberty, for example, you may need more frequent touch-ups. Pregnant women should not undergo laser hair removal treatments because of the potential risks involved.
- Your Treatment Plan – The number of treatment sessions you undergo will also affect how long your results last. Usually, it takes multiple treatment sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart to achieve the desired results. Once you’ve completed your initial series of treatments, you may only need occasional touch-ups once or twice a year to maintain your results.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, there’s no need to wait any longer! This treatment is safe, effective, and affordable when performed by a professional. Contact us at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology today and say goodbye to unwanted hair for good.