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Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent, and Is It Safe?

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent, and Is It Safe?

Laser hair removal is a popular cosmetic procedure that targets hair follicles with focused beams of light to remove unwanted hair. While results may differ depending on factors such as hair color, skin type, and hormonal impacts, people find it to be a convenient and effective solution. Always consult with a professional, like Dr. Vishal Patel, MD, to ensure a secure and effective laser hair removal experience, as well as thorough pre- and post-treatment care, and have realistic expectations about the durability of results. Contact us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We are conveniently located at 235 Old River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent, and Is It Safe? | Bergen Premier Aesthetics
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent, and Is It Safe? | Bergen Premier Aesthetics

Table of Contents:

Is permanent laser hair removal safe?
What happens if you only get the laser once?
How long does laser hair removal last?
Does skin or hair color make a difference?

Is permanent laser hair removal safe?


Laser hair removal is considered a cosmetic treatment that uses a beam of light, or laser, to get rid of unwanted hair from the body. The treatment is considered to be pretty safe and effective, with few serious side effects.
 
With all medical treatments, we have some risks we should consider, and potential complications associated with laser hair removal. These can include short-term side effects like redness, swelling, and itching, as well as more serious issues such as skin discoloration, scarring, and burns.
 
To limit any risks or possible side effects it is important to pick a well-known office with experienced practitioners who are properly trained to use lasers for hair removal. It is also important to let us know about any medical issues or medications you are on that may increase your risk of complications.
 
Before undergoing laser hair removal, your provider will provide you with tips about preparing for the procedure. This may include avoiding sun exposure, stopping certain medications, or shaving the treatment area. After the procedure, you will also be given instructions on how to take care of your skin and handle any side effects.

What happens if you only get the laser once?


If you only get laser hair removal once, you won’t experience permanent hair removal. Laser hair removal works by getting to the hair follicles in the treatment area with a concentrated beam of light causes damage and hinders future growth. Hair grows in cycles, so many treatments are required to get long-lasting results.
 
Most people need 6 to 8 laser hair removal appointments that are several weeks apart to receive the desired level of hair removal. After the initial series of treatments, follow-up appointments may be required every 6 to 12 months to keep the results.
 
If you only receive one laser hair removal treatment, you may see some temporary hair reduction, but it is unlikely to be permanent. Additionally, receiving just one treatment increases the risk of side effects and complications, as the practitioner will not have the opportunity to adjust the treatment parameters based on your skin type, the color of your hair, and other factors.

How long does laser hair removal last?


The results of getting laser hair removal will be very different from person to person, but in general, most people experience a significant reduction in hair growth that lasts for several months to several years. Some individuals may even end up having permanent hair removal.
 
Just remember that laser hair removal is not a one-time treatment. Most people require several treatments, spaced several weeks apart, to get the desired level of hair removed. After the initial set of treatments, you might need follow-up sessions every 6 to 12 months to keep the results.
 
Also remember that factors such as hormonal changes, medications, and underlying medical conditions can all affect hair growth and may require additional treatments or touch-ups. Your doctor can give you a once-over about how long your laser hair removal results are likely to last based on your situation.

Does skin or hair color make a difference?


Yes, skin and hair color can make a difference in the effectiveness and safety of laser hair removal. The laser pinpoints the pigment, or melanin, in the hair follicles to kill them and stop hair growth in the future. High levels of melanin, such as in darker skin tones, the laser can also go after the melanin and cause burns or discoloration.
 
Similarly, if the hair has little to no melanin, such as in blonde, gray, or white hair, the laser may not be able to fully get to the hair follicles. Due to this, laser hair removal usually works best on those who have lighter skin tones and darker hair.
 
However, advancements in laser technology have allowed for safer and more effective treatment of darker skin tones, and some lasers are now designed specifically for use on individuals with darker skin. It is imperative to choose a doctor with experience in treating a diverse range of skin tones and to go over any concerns or potential risks with your doctor before undergoing laser hair removal.

For safe and efficient hair removal from the face and body, visit Bergen Premier Aesthetics. Contact us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We are conveniently located at 235 Old River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020. We serve clients from Edgewater NJ, Fort Lee NJ, North Bergen NJ, Cliffside Park NJ, Weehawken NJ, Englewood NJ, and Ridgefield Park NJ.