Does Laser Hair Removal Last Forever?

Does Laser Hair Removal Last Forever

If you are like most people, constantly getting rid of unwanted body hair is a serious hassle. Waxing, plucking, threading, or shaving every few days is time-consuming and often painful. Traditional forms of hair removal can cause you to break out or leave behind razor bumps and ingrown hair. For those who are tired of the day to day hassle that comes with hair removal, the laser removal may be right for you. Ava Laser Clinic offers a range of laser hair removal options for unwanted hair on any part of the body.

How Long Do Laser Treatments Last?

Laser hair removal is one of the most effective ways to get rid of unwanted body hair. The removal is long lasting, and in many cases permanent. Following laser hair removal treatment, most of the hair in the treatment areas will never grow back. While 100% elimination is not possible, any hair that does grow back will be extremely light in color and ultra fine in texture.

Overall, most patients can expect to see a permanent removal of 70-90% of the hair in the treated areas. Compared with more traditional methods, this result is much more effective. A typical laser hair removal treatment plan will consist of 5-12 sessions. These sessions will be scheduled 6-8 weeks apart and final results can be seen after near a year.

What Affects Permanent Laser Hair Removal?

Every patient is unique as are the laser hair removal treatment results they receive. The amount of hair permanently eliminated can vary greatly from person to person. Some factors that may have an impact on the amount of hair eliminated are;

  • Color of the hair
  • Skin Tone
  • The thickness of the hair
  • Location of laser treatments
  • The area of the body being treated

Patients that have dark hair and pale skin respond better to treatment than others. The reason is that the laser targets the hair and darker hair is better able to absorb laser energy.

Why Does Hair Grow Back Following Laser Hair Removal?

Although laser hair removal is an effective way to get rid of unwanted hair, some may grow back. Hair has a specific growth cycle, and all of the singular hairs on your body grow according to their own schedule. The three phases of growth are:

  1. Anagen – the growth phase
  2. Catagen – the shriveling phase
  3. Telogen – the resting phase

Laser hair treatments destroy the hair follicle, and the laser can only target those that are in the anagen phase of their cycle. At any moment in time, 3/4th’s of your hair is in this phase. The remaining 25% of the hair on your body will be in one of the other two phases. Hair follicles in the telogen or catagen phase are unresponsive to laser treatments. This is why several sessions over a period of several months are required for the best results.

Each follow-up session will target hairs that were still in other phases during prior sessions. Over time, you will notice the laser hair removal treatments will effectively remove the vast majority of unwanted hair in the treatment area.

How We Can Help

The medical estheticians here at Ava Laser Clinic are certified and have years of experience with laser hair removal in Richmond Hill. To best asses your treatment needs, give our office a call at (905) 237-2360 to schedule an appointment.