As more people get vaccinated and we eventually look forward to Coronavirus restrictions relaxing, worrying about our appearance is becoming more common. It may have been a while since we’ve been able to confidently book any type of beauty appointment, but that doesn’t mean we don’t look forward to it. Removing unwanted hair on your own can seem like a never-ending task. This may make you wonder about laser treatments. Is laser hair removal permanent? Not necessarily, but it will massively increase the time between hair removal sessions.
How Long Will Laser Hair Removal Last?
If it’s not permanent, but lasts longer than shaving, how long will laser hair removal last? The technology has advanced to the point where some people may end up permanently hairless after a few treatments. For others, a series of eight sessions spread out four weeks apart will be needed to be left hairless. After that, occasional follow-up treatments might be necessary. It’s found that around half of all clients end up hairless after four sessions. Another result of laser hair removal is that if the hair does grow back, it’s typically finer, lighter, and in smaller quantities.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal uses concentrated pulses of light to target and damage the hair follicles. This is in contrast to shaving or plucking, where the hair is shortened or removed, but the follicle remains intact and productive. However, with time, most hair follicles that are damaged by laser treatment will heal and regain their hair growing abilities.
What Is The Point Of Follow-Up Sessions?
The number of hairs in the area treated typically declines by 10 to 25% after each treatment. As mentioned, any hairs that do regrow will be fewer, finer, and lighter. Follow-up treatments eventually prevent most of the hair from growing back, while those that do will be far less noticeable.
How Much Recovery Time Will I Need?
Again, advances in technology have made this less of an issue than it was in the past. Minor swelling and redness may be experienced for about 24 hours. That said, you should be able to carry on as normal with very few limitations. Work and most other activities shouldn’t be affected.