Are you one of the many people who shave today and find that the hair is back tomorrow? This is a time-consuming nuisance, and laser hair removal may be something you are considering. However, does laser hair removal last for a long time, or will you be heading out in a week to get it done it again. Following we will discuss the truth about laser hair removal and what really happens to your hair.
It depends on how the hair follicle reacts to the treatment, but yes, the hair that is destroyed from the laser treatment will never grow back. What happens during a treatment is that the laser light is absorbed into the hair follicle. That light will either damage the root or destroy it. If it destroys the root, then that particular hair will not grow back. However, if it just damages it, then that hair will grow back again in the future.
Since the body has millions of hair follicles, you will not kill all of them in one treatment. This is why multiple treatments are recommended for more permanent hair removal. However, it has been pointed out by honest professionals that no matter how many times you go, you will still be left with some hair. Nevertheless, this hair will be fine and barely noticeable, and shaving will only be required about once a month at that point.
If there is always some hair that doesn't get destroyed, then you will need to get more than one treatment to eliminate more hair. This is a fact, and one treatment will never be enough to permanently remove hair.
You need to let your hair grow back before you can get another treatment so that some of your hair follicles are in the anagen stage of growth. The anagen stage is when your hair is actively experiencing growth, and this is also when the laser treatment has the best chance of permanently stopping any more hair growth. Because only 60% of your entire body hair is in the anagen stage at any point in time, you will need to get anywhere from 3-7 treatments to permanently remove most of the hair.
The length of time between visits depends on the area of hair that you are targeting. The hair on your body goes through different cycles. For instance, your head is in the anagen stage for up to 8 years! However, chances are you want to keep your head hair!
Hair on the rest of your body can have a growth cycle of 4-12 weeks. If you are getting multiple areas treated then it is best to wait about 7-9 weeks in between treatments to ensure the best chance of catching hair in the anagen stage and eliminating unwanted hair. Any shorter than that and you may just be wasting treatments because the hair that has been previous damaged has not returned yet.
It doesn't matter whether your go in and get your laser hair removal done professionally, or whether you use an at home system, the hair removal results will be the same in either case. This means at home, you have to wait the appropriate amount of time in between sessions, and set the laser to the appropriate strength to receive the same benefits as a professional would give you.
If you want to save money, then you will definitely want to get your laser hair removal done at home. One session at a professional's office can cost as much as a whole laser hair removal system for your home.
While a professional will have more experience with laser hair removal, you can quickly learn how to use your machine properly. Ensuring that you follow the instructions included will help you to avoid any burns that can occur from laser settings that are too high.
In conclusion, if you are asking, "Does laser hair removal last?" you now know that yes, it does. However, it has to destroy the hair follicle during the anagen stage of growth first, and since your body is going through many different stages, you will require a few treatments for effective hair elimination. Even then, you can expect about 10% of your hair to stick with you for life. However, that hair will be very fine and easily shaved off once a month.