Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Laser Hair Removal

That feeling that you have the moment you leave the salon after a waxing can be yours everyday and all the time. Well, that’s what hair removal clinics want you to believe. But, if there weren’t any downsides to purported permanent laser hair removal, wouldn’t everyone be conveniently hair free where they want to be?

The truth is that permanent laser hair removal is a myth, which you’re unlikely to hear in a clinic office. There is no such thing as guaranteed and permanent laser hair removal. In fact, electrolysis is considered the only method to remove all hair from an area, but there is still no guarantee that there will be no regrowth and as such, not even one touch electrolysis cannot be considered “permanent.”

So how do people claim that lasers can be used on everything from lady stashes to male pubic hair removal without regrowth? Well, it’s simple. Under IDEAL circumstances, patients see up to 80% hair reduction. That’s no small number to shake a finger at, but it’s not a complete annihilation either. Some people only see a 40% reduction in hair count, which may or may not be considered a success to the bearer of the bush.

Permanent laser hair removal might be nothing more than a figment of your imagination, but it’s not the only thing that you should consider before taking the plunge. You could spend between $1500 – $4000 for “semi-permenent” hair loss. Cost aside, consider the side effects of laser hair removal, such as pain during the procedure, irritation and swelling, and even a change in skin color.

If you aren’t jumping under a laser anytime soon, consider at home options instead. There are hair removal creams that work well on most areas (including bikini lines) and you can easily find pubic hair removal tips for women online to help you decrease irritation and regrowth. For legs, at home kits are available and less expensive than clinics and end up with about the same effectiveness rate. In fact, sugaring, waxing, and tweezing all can reduce the regrowth rate of hair by causing long term damage to the follicle.

No matter which method you decide on, don’t be fooled by claims of permanent laser hair removal. It doesn’t exist; but, that doesn’t keep clinics from telling you it does, only to detail in the fine print that they can’t offer a guarantee.