Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Shaving, plucking, or waxing is tedious, time consuming, and painful. Laser hair removal is a popular treatment because it saves many people time and energy while also ridding them of their unwanted body hair. But is the treatment truly permanent? To answer this question, it’s best to first understand how the treatment works.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal works by using a concentrated beam of light to remove the unwanted hair. The light is absorbed by the melanin in the hair (meaning that laser removal is most effective for dark hair.) The light damages the hair follicles, which delays or inhibits hair regrowth. The treatment isn’t painful, but most patients describe the feeling as comparable to a rubber band snap. Treatment sessions are short, but removal usually includes six to nine sessions every four to six weeks.

So, are results permanent?

The results of laser hair removal are long-lasting, but not considered completely permanent. It’s unlikely that you’ll have to shave, pluck, or wax nearly as frequently as before receiving the treatment at all, but some delayed regrowth is possible. It’s common to receive maintenance treatments in the years following your laser hair removal.

Essentially, think of laser hair removal as reducing unwanted hair, rather than eliminating it. However, any regrowth that occurs will be much lighter, finer, and sparser. You may not feel the need to remove the regrown hair at all.

Will laser hair removal work for me?

Laser hair removal is a popular treatment with continuous technological advancements, but it’s not the best option for everyone. The best way to decide whether laser hair removal is for you is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Rachel Ness at Fargo Dermatology. To get started, contact our Fargo office by filling out our online form or call (701) 380-8493.