Laser Hair Removal | 28 May 2018

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Laser hair removal is an amazing treatment for many people. It gives lasting results and a permanent reduction in unwanted body hair.

Laser removal can be used to successfully treat hair on any part of the body with only a few short treatments and can give results that may for many months or even years.

It’s a better investment than all that shaving and home waxing and gives better results. Which begs the question… is laser hair removal permanent?

All of this depends upon a number of factors, including things like genetics, hair colour, skin colour and maybe underlying medical issues such as polycystic ovaries or maybe an internal hormone imbalance within the body…

Permanent reduction in unwanted body hair

Although laser hair removal is an amazing treatment and gives excellent results with a permanent reduction in unwanted body hair, the results do need to be maintained from time to time. Many people experience results that are way beyond their expectations, and see 80% to 90% reduction in the hair even after just 6 to 8 sessions of laser treatment.

The number of maintenance treatments people may require after 6 to 8 sessions depends upon a number of factors such as the area of the body where the hair is being treated (facial hair often takes more maintenance sessions than other areas of the body) but on average most people require between 2 to 4 maintenance sessions per year. Still better than all that shaving and home waxing though, right?

What results to expect from laser hair removal

It really depends upon the person’s expectations in relation to how permanent laser hair removal is.

The benefits of the treatment are amazing and for some people actually life-changing, giving them increased confidence and a smile that they may not have had in many many years due to excess body hair.

If you can imagine somebody who has been suffering from excess facial hair for many years… for this person, a lasting reduction that could be maintained by treatments maybe 3 or 4 times per year is an excellent outcome.

How does laser hair removal work?

It is probably best to explain how hair grows and it’ll put into context as to why laser hair removal in many cases is not a permanent solution but can be a lasting solution in the reduction of unwanted body hair.

As we are all different, some people have very little hair while others have excessive hair growth. It is impossible therefore to say laser hair removal has a one-size-fits-all because some people may need as little as between 4 to 6 treatments others may need 12 to 15 treatments to achieve the same level of results.

Should there be an underlying medical issue such as a hormone imbalance or for example polycystic ovaries, it is often the case that more treatments are required and laser hair removal is performed on a permanent maintenance basis.

It would not be correct to say that for somebody who suffers from polycystic ovaries or hormone imbalance you could permanently remove the hair forever. This is due to the underlying factors within the body that are making the hair grow repeatedly no matter how many times you treat.

Although the laser will give an excellent treatment and will reduce this hair significantly, it really is hard to say that the hair will go away forever in cases where people may suffer from excessive facial hair.

A good reduction in this hair is often sufficient to change their life for the better and so long as people are aware from the beginning that laser hair removal may not be the ultimate solution it will definitely give them respite from their condition and allow them to carry on their normal everyday lives with increased confidence and a smile.

A lasting result

For the general population however that do not have any underlying medical issues of hormonal imbalances, laser hair removal does give a lasting result and although it does need to be maintained on average one to two sessions per year this is a really excellent result when compared to other forms of hair removal such as shaving or waxing.

If you would like any further information on laser hair removal then please feel free to drop into any of our clinics or contact us here and our friendly team will be happy to assist you with your inquiry.