What is the laser hair removal process, and is it permanent?
To some extent, it is debatable whether the laser hair removal method is permanent or not. Unfortunately, the answer is no; laser hair removal is not permanent. But laser hair removal should be considered semi-permanent.
As much as many people like to think it is permanent, IPL laser hair removal is not permanent but more seen as the longest-lasting hair removal method you can use to prevent hair growth.
It serves as an excellent option for those who want to try out new methods of removing body hair for a very long period, making it seem permanent.
What is the Laser hair removal process?
Laser hair removal works by merely exposing the hair follicles to heat. This way, new hair is prevented from growing. The hair follicles then go dormant and fall out.
This hair removal method is seen as one of the longest-lasting methods to prevent hair growth.
Instead of permanently removing your hair, the laser process helps to reduce unwanted and abnormal hair growth. And this takes the hair months to grow back and become thick again. So, in essence, the laser is not permanent, but it almost seems indefinite as you only have to use the laser device maybe once a month.
In addition, studies have shown that this method works best on persons with a lighter skin tone and darker hair.
How does this work?
The laser hair removal process works primarily with high heat laser beams used in the form of gentle non-harmful light radiation. Something similar to sunshine.
When the process starts, the beams of IPL laser light hits the hair follicle. As a result, the hair follicle heats up and destroys the hair follicle.
Follicles are responsible for producing new hair strands in different parts of the body. When these follicles are damaged or destroyed, new hair growth stops.
Other known methods of removing hair such as shaving, waxing and tweezing only remove hair temporarily because they do not deal with the follicles.
The hair development cycle stops once the IPL light hits the follicles. According to the ADD, laser hair removal can be used for the following areas, including the chest, back, neck, shoulders, legs, bikini line, and the face (except for the eye area). So basically, the whole body except your head and near the eyes.
Some people experience a bit of pain; we suggest that you apply a local anaesthetic before the procedure. Even though laser hair removal will work for most people, you need to note that your hair follicles will ultimately heal.
To get the most satisfactory results, you will need to have numerous treatment sessions. So if you do experience a bit of discomfort, it's simple logic to prepare for a laser hair treatment and a treatment session simultaneously.
On a side note, our own experience with clients. 99% of our clients do not experience any pain. And those that do experience pain, the Bareskin device has five power settings. So if you experience pain, use a lower power setting.
Why is the laser treatment process necessary?
To get the most satisfactory results from your laser hair removal, you must also follow through with your treatment sessions. Of course, everybody is different, but we suggest doing at least 12 sessions.
According to the Mayo Clinic, people might need about 8 to 12 treatment sessions to get back in shape. This period will also need to be spaced out by four to six weeks each. It can take you over six months to get your treatment therapy wholly done.
You also need to have maintenance sessions at intervals apart from the treatment sessions. After the first six months, you might need a maintenance session once or twice a year. You should also note that the timeline is dependent on the area of the treatment. You will not necessarily have to do it every month if you treat a small space.
The laser hair removal treatment is not permanent, but it is still one of the most reliable ways to stop hair growth for a long time. There are many other options to remove hair, including depilatories, shaving, and hair removal cream, but as you know, they have significant side effects and can be highly time-consuming.
Medically reviewed by: Jennifer Taylor (Somatology)