DOES HAIR GROW BACK AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

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DOES HAIR GROW BACK AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

DOES HAIR GROW BACK AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Are you sick and tired of having to shave or wax constantly? Do you wish your skin was silky and hair-free instead of dry and irritated? Are you someone who constantly deals with razor burn from shaving or ingrown hairs from waxing? Are you just OVER IT?

 

How does laser hair removal work?

 

During laser hair removal, concentrated pulses of light are emitted from the laser and converted into heat. The heat is absorbed by the melanin or hair pigment, damaging the hair follicles. Although laser does reduce fine hair, the best results are seen on treatment areas with coarser hair.

 

What kind of results should I expect from laser hair removal?

 

After a full treatment round of laser hair removal, you can enjoy smooth skin for years. Laser hair removal, however, isn’t a permanent solution for unwanted hair, rather a semi-permanent solution. This is because while LHR forces the hair follicles into prolonged dormancy, it does not remove the follicle from the skin completely.

 

So, will my hair grow back after laser hair removal?

 

Laser hair removal is not a one size fits all treatment. For some recipients, they never have hair growth again in the treatment area. Others have very mild regrowth where an occasional touch-up treatment is all they need. Individuals with denser hair may need to come back for multiple sessions every 2 – 4 years.

 

The goal of laser hair removal is to damage the follicles so that they are unable to grow any hair. It is possible, however, that some survive treatment. Over time, treated follicles can still recover from the initial damage and grow hair again.

 

Observing some hair growth after treatment does not mean that the LHR was ineffective. It can target about 80 – 90% of your hair and the hair left behind should grow back finer and slower.

 

What factors can cause new hair growth after laser hair removal?

 

There are multiple factors that can lead to hair regrowth. They include hormone levels or changes, various medications, genetics, pregnancy, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and the type and density of the individual’s hair. Another factor that affects the longevity of the results is the location of the treatment. You will experience results for longer if you are removing hair from your arms, legs, or pubic region versus thinner hair from your face, neck, or chest. Skin health also plays a vital role in regrowth.

 

Why do you need multiple sessions?  

 

First, the total number of treatments varies by individual skin tone and density of hair above and below the surface of the skin.

 

Multiple sessions are imperative because hair does not just grow continuously, rather our hair has four different stages and the laser technology can only target the hairs in the active growth stage.

 

Anagen is a cycle of follicle regeneration where hair follicles undergo periods of regrowth.

 

Catagen is a cycle of preliminary regression. Lasting approximately 10 – 14 days, the catagen cycle is known as the transition phase where the hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the dermal papilla.

 

Telogen, known as the resting phase, is when the follicle remains quiescent in its shortened state and awakens to regenerate with the onset of new hair growth.

 

Exogen is the process of hair shedding and takes place as old hair sheds and new hair grows in.

 

Every hair can be at a different stage of growth at any time, and our goal in LHR is to get as many hairs in the anagen cycle as possible so we are maximizing each laser session.

 

Scheduling occasional touch up treatments can be helpful in mitigating the risk of future hair regeneration. These sessions are typically much shorter than your initial sessions because there is much less hair to target.

 

How many sessions will I need?

 

It can take anywhere from 6 to 12 sessions to achieve the desired results. Optimal results are achieved when you schedule these sessions 4 to 6 weeks apart.

 

Is laser hair removal safe?

 

You may be relieved to know that laser hair removal is FDA-approved.

 

You should NOT base your decision on which practitioner offers the cheapest laser hair removal. Oftentimes, these are older lasers with less advanced technology and the technicians administering the treatment may lack the knowledge, experience, or skillset required to ensure a safe and efficacious treatment.

 

You should only get laser hair removal from a certified laser technician who can recommend, to the best of their ability, how many sessions you will likely need based on your skin type and amount of hair. By choosing the proper clinic and laser technician, you will also avoid unwanted side effects such as pigmentation, burns, and even scarring.

 

Why does laser hair removal beat other methods?

 

Although we cannot ascertain that laser hair removal will permanently get rid of all your unwanted hair, it can permanently and substantially reduce its number. This method is better for the environment and does not produce unnecessary waste. In the long-term, laser hair removal is more cost-effective that other methods as it prevents you from spending money on razors, razor refills, wax appointments, and at-home waxing kits.

THE BEST LASER TREATMENTS FOR DARK SKIN TONES

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THE BEST LASER TREATMENTS FOR DARK SKIN TONES

Unwanted hair is an inconvenience that has long plagued people of all ages, races, and genders. While laser hair removal has been an accessible and longstanding solution for those with lighter skin, that has not always been the case for those with brown and black skin tones.

 

But, thanks to growing efforts focused on inclusivity as well as tremendous technological advancements, we can now safely administer effective laser hair removal on dark-skinned patients.

 

So why has LHR been considered precarious for persons of color before the launch of this new generation of devices? First, we need to understand the basics of how laser hair removal works.

 

The word LASER stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.  

 

Lasers emit a beam of intense light. That light converts to heat, which then damages the pigmented tissue or hair follicle along with the hair bulb. Only hairs in the active growth stage are targeted by laser, one of the many reasons why multiple sessions are required and why other methods of hair removal – waxing, tweezing, plucking, depilatories, epilating, etc. – are strongly discouraged throughout the course of treatment.

 

The contrast between the color of the skin and the color of the pigment in the hair follicle is what the laser targets as its bullseye, known as a chromophore.

 

Historically, LHR has been a gamble on darker skin types because devices have lacked the sophistication to distinguish between the pigment of the hair and the pigment of the skin. The skin’s surface is much shallower than the hair follicle and bulb, posing the risk of discoloration, blisters, severe burns, and permanent scarring.

 

What advancements have laser devices undergone to make hair removal safer and more precise for a wider range of skin tones? The launch of two newer types of lasers: the Nd:YAG and the diode.

 

The Nd:YAG, or, as those of us in the industry call it, the YAG, continues to grow in popularity. The wavelength, or distance between one peak or crest of a wave of light and the next corresponding peak or crest, is longer and goes deeper into the skin. In doing so, it bypasses the epidermis or melanin of the skin altogether and goes straight to the hair follicle, making it an ideal treatment for darker skin tones.

 

The diode is the second type of laser that is a safer option for dark skin. Along with a longer wavelength, the energy of the laser is delivered more slowly with each pulse, so the skin has more time to cool in between the output beam from the laser. A diode laser also has an instant cooling mechanism that protects the surface of the skin from overheating and incurring thermal damage. One of the biggest benefits of a diode laser is that it is known for being the least painful laser hair removal device overall.

 

As you are researching LHR to determine if it is a safe and viable option for your skin tone, one of the most important factors is knowing the training and skillset of your laser technician. An experienced technician should know and understand:

 

  • Characteristics of the laser including wavelength, power settings, duration of each energy pulse, amount of time between pulses, and number of pulses per treatment.
 

Although lasers for darker skin complexions have been around since the early 2000s, many facilities have not invested in the right equipment because of the high cost of these devices. It is imperative that you take the proper precautions and find business owners and practitioners who understand the intricacies of treating clients with darker skin tones. Just like with skincare and estheticians, the laser hair removal industry is saturated with a very high turnover rate among technicians. This is not the time to go looking for the best deal on Groupon or a seasonal close out sale.

 

Invest in your skin, ALWAYS. After all, it’s going to represent you for a very long time!

How to Survive Bikini and Brazilian Laser Hair Removal

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How to Survive Bikini and Brazilian Laser Hair Removal

Is bikini or Brazilian laser hair removal embarrassing for you?

We continue to see trends in shaving and grooming intimate areas. In the 70s and 80s, having hair down there was quite often celebrated. Today, the current trend is to limit the amount of hair by keeping it tightly trimmed, leaving only a landing strip, or removing the hair altogether.

 

For many women, this requires frequent shaving. Not only is this time-consuming, but also results in razor burn, ingrown hairs, and even painful cuts. The physical pain from waxing is even worse.

 

Not only is LHR less painful, but if done correctly it can be permanent. Through a consistent series of 6 – 8 treatments, about 90% of your hair follicles should be effectively destroyed and will not grow hair again.

 

In addition, did you know that single use razors are one of the biggest landfill wastes produced by America? LHR eliminates unnecessary materials and packaging. It is eco-friendly in that it’s a service that produces far less waste and therefore less damage to our planet.

 

With the arrival of summer, I have booked more bikini and Brazilian treatments than any other area. Despite this being my profession of choice, many women are still visibly uncomfortable or even embarrassed about the treatment and that is completely normal.

 

Some helpful information and simple measures we can take to make you more comfortable:

 

-I’m the sole owner and operator at my business. I’m the only technician you will be seeing throughout the course of treatment and by the second session, the majority of my clients already feel much more at ease.

-For the most efficacious treatment, its advised that you shave the day before or day of your treatment so remember you will be as clean shaven as possible.

-I always leave a larger towel or two out so we can cover sections we aren’t actively lasering.

-I encourage clients to do something to distract themselves. Scroll through your phone or bring headphones and listen to music. Once they have gotten to know me at the first session, most of my repeat clients and I spend the following sessions chatting which makes the process go by much quicker.

-Plus, remember that I chose to go into this line of business. If it can be lasered, I’ve had it done by a technician myself!

 

Many women assume they have more hair than usual and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The truth is most women have pretty average/normal hair growth patterns that are pretty much the same across the board.

 

Also, as soon as you start to see results, you will begin to feel less self-conscious. I administer these treatments every day…it’s just another day at the office for me as an experienced laser practitioner.