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When done correctly, laser hair removal lasts forever. Permanent hair removal is the end goal, and in our practice, permanent removal of 75% – 95% of the hair with color and coarseness is typically achieved in 6-8 visits.
There are several factors that help determines how long laser hair removal lasts and whether or not it is permanent.
1) The type of hair matters – the type of hair is important as permanent hair removal only lasts forever when the hair we are treating has color (blond, white and red hair do not respond well). Black and brown hair work well and the thicker the hair is, the easier it is to get permanent results. On the spectrum of hair types, laser hair removal of blond fine hair (such as peach fuzz) does not work and permanent removal of thick, dark hair is fairly straightforward. The thicker and darker the hair, the more permanent the laser hair removal results you will achieve.
2) Laser technology matters – Different skin and hair types are better suited for different types of lasers, so if you want your laser hair removal to last forever, make sure to do a bit of research on which lasers would work well with your skin type. Generally speaking, for skin types I-IV (Scandinavian up to Asian, Middle Eastern and Hispanic) the Diode and Alexandrite lasers are typically used. For darker skin types V and VI (African-American and African), the Yag laser is the best choice.
3) Experience matters – The more procedures your laser hair removal practitioner has done, the higher chance you will have at getting lasting results for your treatments. Many consumers believe that laser hair removal is the same at every practice. Nothing could be further from the truth. The way the procedures are performed (energy level used, areas covered, etc.) will affect your results.
When choosing a laser hair removal practice, make sure they have experienced physicians, nurses or technicians, and laser technology that is appropriate for your skin type. Know yourself that if you have thick dark hair you are an excellent candidate and if you have blond, fine hair, you will be disappointed with the results. If you are a good candidate and find a great practice, your laser hair removal results can last forever.