Laser Hair Removal – Should I Consider Doing It?

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Your hair follicles become dormant for much longer than they would with other methods such as waxing and shaving, although the procedure is only temporary. However, you won’t have as much hair, and what there is will be lighter and finer, once it grows back.

Laser hair treatment doesn’t get rid of all your unwanted hair completely and permanently. However, it can noticeably reduce the number of unwanted hairs in a specific area.

If you have darker hair and lighter colored skin, you may find that this hair treatment works best for you, according to the Mayo Clinic. And the procedure should be carried out by a board certified, and experienced dermatologist recommends the AAD (American Association of Dermatology)

How Does it Work?

Your hair follicles are heated and damaged when exposed to the mild and harmless radiation emitted by the high heat laser beam used in laser hair removal. Once these follicles, which are located just under the skin, are destroyed they are temporarily unable to produce new hair. Shaving, tweezing and waxing isn’t as effective, as these methods all remove any hair above the surface, rather than destroying the actual hair follicles.

Laser hair removal can be used on the back, chest, neck, and shoulders safely, according to the AAD. The treatment is also effective on the bikini line and the face, away from the eyes.

Because the lasers focus on melanin or color, the procedure is most effective on a lighter tone of skin with darker hair. The appearance of hair can be dramatically reduced even if all the hair itself isn’t removed. After just a few days following your first session, you may notice some hairs have been shed.

It can potentially take an hour or more to remove hair from a large body area, such as the chest or back, although in general, the treatment is fast and easy, as the upper lip and other smaller areas only take a few minutes to treat. Expect to spend another hour at the facility if you have a pain relieving anesthetic gel applied to the targeted area first.

You should expect to have several laser hair treatment sessions scheduled, as any hair follicles that are removed will heal eventually and begin to produce new hair. However, if your focus is on removing unwanted hair as effectively as possible, laser hair removal is one of the most effective options available. Needle epilators and electrolysis are also effective, and your dermatologist may recommend these methods to you.

Some options for removing unwanted hair at home yourself are available and can be ideal for anyone who doesn’t want the expense of laser hair removal, especially as it’s not 100 percent permanent. Your dermatologist can advise on:

  • Tweezer epilators
  • Sugaring or waxing
  • Threading
  • Shaving more effectively

Remember to have an expert dermatologist carry out any laser hair removal as at home treatments have not been evaluated for safety or effectiveness by the Food and Drug Administration. However, for removing hair in the comfort of your home, there are various miniature versions on the market.