Laser hair treatments have been around for a couple decades now, and there really isn’t anybody contesting how effective they are these days, which is part of the reason they’re so expensive. It’s for precisely this reason that people are always wondering, “But is home laser hair removal permanent?” After all, it’s a pretty new thing to the consumer market, and it’s literally a fraction of the cost of the professional treatments.
A Little Bit About How It Works
The really good news is that even though the lasers they sell for home use aren’t quite as powerful as the professional ones, they work on the same principles and are just as effective. Meaning, in simple terms, that their effects absolutely are permanent!
When a hair removal laser hits the skin, whether it’s in a salon or at home, the darker pigmentation of the hair against the skin causes the hair follicle to absorb all or almost all of the light. It is converted to heat as it travels down the shaft into the root of the hair, the papilla and the bulge.
The root is the real target here- you kill the root, you kill the hair. There’s a big difference between treating it like this and just dealing with the hair on the surface. Over the course of a number of treatments, the hair is systematically beaten down until it ultimately perishes, leaving you hair-free for life!
It Worked For Me
When I did laser treatments, I used The Tria, though there are a number of products on the market that work the same way. I chose the Tria because it is one of only two of these gadgets approved by the FDA, the other being the Silk’n SensEpil, and I liked the cordless, handheld design and compact, powerful laser.
Over the course of just about 6 months, I eventually gained baby smooth legs that I never need to shave!
I want to stress that you should follow the recommended schedule that comes with your laser hair removal. The schedules are designed to target your hair when it is in its growth stage, because that’s the only time the treatments are effective. At any given moment, only about a third of your hair is in the stage, so doing treatments too often is simply a waste of time.
If you follow the instructions, most people see serious, noticeable results within 2-3 months, with 50-80 percent hair reduction in about 5-8 months, depending on the thickness of the hair.
What? Only Eighty Percent?
Sometimes when I mention that it’s not 100 percent, people freak out a little, but it’s important to realize that you actually have two types of hair: androgenic hair, which you know as body hair, and vellus hair, which is the very fine, almost imperceptible hair that covers literally almost your entire body from the time you’re a baby. Laser systems target the former, but not the latter.
If you look at my legs at any time now, it always looks like I have a fresh shave, but that’s just the permanent result of my laser treatments. You have to look very, very closely, you almost need a magnifying glass, to see those vellus hairs.
So, if you’ve been asking, “Is home laser hair removal permanent?”, there’s your answer! It’s definitely permanent, and something to write home about! The lasers work just like the ones the pros use, except they’re much more affordable and convenient. Personally, I’ll never look back!