Laser hair removal is used to get rid of unsightly hair on the face, neck, chest, and other areas of the body. Each appointment takes about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. A laser is used to target each hair, damaging the follicle and causing the hair to fall out. Unlike when a person shaves and the hair continues to grow back, laser hair removal targets hair at the root.
Repeated treatments on fine hair may result in permanent hair loss. When thicker, coarser hair is targeted, it may take several sessions to slow down the growth of the hair or prevent it from returning altogether. The more often laser hair removal techniques are used, the harder it is for the follicle to continue to produce new hair, resulting in finer, lighter-colored hair, or in some cases, permanent hair loss.
The laser targets hair follicles beneath the surface of the skin, so it’s safe for most skin types and produces few side effects. Some patients experience minor swelling and a sunburn-like feeling in the targeted area. Most people can resume normal activities right after the procedure.
Laser hair removal treatment may be permanent if the targeted hair is extremely fine and light in color. If permanent hair loss is the desired result, success will depend on the thickness and color of the hair. Thick, dark hair may begin to grow back more slowly and lighter in color than before, but the results may not be permanent. Thicker hair that’s dark and coarse may also require numerous treatments to produce effective results. If treatments are continued long enough, however, the damage to the follicle may make it unsuitable for new hair growth.
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