Laser hair removal is now a very popular solution for hair removal. People are lured by promises of never having to shave, wax or pluck again. But with laser hair removal only gaining popularity in recent years, there is little information available on what can be expected years on, long after the final treatment is finished.
When you first start your laser hair removal, you can expect to see results of a hair reduction of up to fifty percent following your first treatment. After that, you’ll be required to undertake between 6-10 treatments at eight week intervals depending on your skin and hair type. After your final treatment you can expect to see permanent hair reduction of up to 90% – some people completely remove their hair permanently.
Years on from your final laser treatment – what can you expect? Again, the expectations from laser hair removal differ a great deal between clients. Ideal candidates (dark hair on light skin) may experience no hair growth at all. Those with darker skin may experience some slight, sparse regrowth a couple of years on. Maintenance laser hair removal treatments approximately once a year can keep this regrowth at bay, otherwise the hairs can be tweezed as required.
Wondering why results differ between skin tones so much? It’s all based on the laser hair removal process. Laser hair removal works through the laser’s attraction to the melanin (colour) within the hair follicle. Darker skin tones can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment as the laser may become attracted to the colour in the skin, rather than the hair follicle. However, Yag lasers have are now available for specific use on darker skin.
There are some instances when hair regrowth can be quite significant following laser hair removal. Hormonal Growth is a term used to describe hair growth as a result of women’s hormones fluctuating at times such as pregnancy or menopause. Even following laser hair removal, hormonal growth can occur as hair that grows is new hair, not the hair that has been killed during the laser hair removal process.
In addition to long term hair reduction, laser hair removal is said to have incidental benefits. Following laser hair removal many people see a reduction in the number and severity of ingrown hairs, even bringing long term ingrown hairs to the surface of the skin for easy removal. Others say that laser hair removal can be a contributing factor in skin rejuvenation. Firming and smoothing the skin, improving skin tone and texture, treating unsightly veins, shrinking large or blocked pores, fading skin spots and pigmentation and reversing sun damage are all benefits said to be associated with laser hair removal.
Most people start their laser hair removal treatment with one particular problem area. However after experiencing the effectiveness, ease and minimal ongoing costs from their first treatment often continue with more and more treatment areas. Many people can’t help themselves and end up going hair free all over thanks to laser hair removal.