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Is Laser Hair Removal Truly Permanent?

Do you have unwanted facial or body hair that you’re tired of shaving?  Laser hair removal is a quick, precise alternative that delivers consistent results.  In the last few years, laser hair removal has become the preferred option for people wanting to be hair free forever.  But is laser hair removal truly permanent?

How Laser Hair Removal Works

The light from the laser directly targets the pigment at the base of the hair follicle.  The pigment absorbs the laser light and this generates heat within the follicle and damages the growth center that produces hair.  This damage may delay or prevent the growth of new hair.  The treated hair will eventually fall out in the weeks following treatment.

Is Laser Hair Removal Truly Permanent?

Laser hair removal is not permanent, but it can reduce hair for very long periods. 

Laser hair removal does not remove every hair follicle, because hair grows in phases and only absorbs laser energy efficiently during the growth phase.   During the resting and transition phases, the hair is unable to absorb sufficient laser light to damage the hair growth center.  Therefore, patients will experience hair growth after treatment.  It typically takes about 6 laser hair removal cycles to achieve the desired hair reduction. 

Patients should expect indefinite or long-term hair reduction rather than permanent results with laser hair removal.

Choosing an experienced medical provider with the necessary training and skill is the key to getting the best results with laser hair removal.

Would you like to learn more about laser hair removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Duluth, MN area, Twin Ports Dermatology, Duluth MN is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.twinportsderm.com, or by calling (218) 216-7754.

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