Permanent means forever. When we refer to permanent hair removal here, we mean no regrowth ever again. Not in one year, not in ten years; not even a single hair to compromise your sun-dappled beach silhouette.
Note that this rate of effectiveness does not refer to results after a single session. This success rate can only be achieved after the required number of laser hair treatment sessions.
The 10% to 30% regrowth rate is due to those hair follicles that have not been completely destroyed during your laser sessions, meaning that they might eventually grow back. Even so, these surviving hair follicles will usually take some time to recover and you will therefore benefit from a longer period of hairlessness than you would using other treatment methods.
The majority of people who use it find that laser hair removal is safe and well-
Some normal side effects may occur after laser hair removal treatments, including itching, pink skin, redness, and swelling around the treatment area or swelling of the follicles (follicular edema). These side effects rarely last more than two or three days. Any side effects should be reported to your practitioner.
The effectiveness of Laser Hair Removal is dependent on the growth phase of your hair during treatment. During its lifetime, the hair on your body goes through three different phases:
Laser treatment works by destroying hair follicles; something which can only be done when the hair is in its Anagen (growth) phase. Fortunately, around 75% of the hairs on your body will be in their Anagen phase at any one time.
This is why the effectiveness of Laser Hair Removal can only be measured after a number of sessions. Your laser technician will require you to return for additional laser sessions to target those 25% of hairs that weren’t in the correct phase of growth during your first laser session. Technically, the more sessions you get, the more permanent Laser Hair Removal will be for you.
However, as with everything in life, there is room for error. In the case of Laser Hair Removal, this refers to the small number of hairs that will eventually grow back after you have completed your sessions; those hairs that remained in either their ‘shrivelling’ or ‘resting’ phases for the duration of your treatment.
There do not appear to be any long-term health risks. Some patients may show side effects from an allergy to either the hair removal gel used with certain laser types or to a numbing cream, or to simply shaving the area too soon in relation to the treatment. While there is absolutely no arguing that Laser Hair Removal is a more permanent, more effective method of hair removal than tweezing, shaving and waxing, it does not result in 100% permanent hair removal. Usually, Laser Hair Removal will offer 70% to 90% permanent hair reduction.
The effectiveness of Laser Hair Removal depends upon certain bodily traits that cannot be changed. Your skin tone, hair colour and hair thickness will all influence how effective Laser Hair Removal is for you. However, even if these personal characteristics are conspiring against you, fear not: Laser Hair Removal can still produce superior results.
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