Does Laser Hair Removal Actually Work?

Written and Reviewed by Dr. Uzma Qureshi
Published on: 07/05/2020

Does Laser Hair Removal Actually Work?

Does laser hair removal actually work? We will explore some real facts on why so many laser treatments don’t achieve long term results.

We decided to address the issue of failed laser treatments because a vast majority of new clients visiting our Bradford laser clinic have asked us to explain why, after a course of treatments in the past using a range of different lasers, their hair has returned.

This is particularly a problem on the face, whilst others have asked why it hasn’t worked at all on fine velus/ baby hair as well as body hair.

Quanta Thunder MT Technology Device at MySkyn Clinic in Bradford

How does hair grown back after laser hair removal?

There are many reasons that can cause hair to return, such as:

  • Medication
  • Underlying thyroid issue
  • Hormones,?e.g. pregnancy
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome etc.

Other factors include missing sessions – therefore, missing a hair growth cycle will mean hairs won’t have been fully treated.

Laser hair removal, VS, IPL

In other cases, our Bradford laser clinic has discovered that clients thought they were having laser hair removal when in fact it was IPL.

IPL or Intense Pulse Light is a diffused light and it is not as powerful as laser. Hair may be dormant for a while but tend to return. IPL and some lasers also heat the surrounding tissue of the hair which can cause new hair growth, therefore you are in a cycle of removing hair but triggering more growth.

Unfortunately, this results is an area having far more hair than was originally present.

Bradford’s laser clinic, My Skyn recommends…

Lasers are complex machines, but not all lasers deliver the correct wavelength to target thick hair on the body and fine hair on the face. They also vary in the amount of energy they deliver to the hair to destroy it, hence preventing regrowth.

Thunder MT Mixed Technology Permanent Hair Reduction Treatment at MySkyn Clinic in Bradford
The Mixed Technology combines two different laser wavelengths in a single emission for the treatment of permanent hair reduction

Our Bradford laser clinic recommends:

  • No laser hair removal treatment is 100% permanent. The aim is to provide hair reduction by 70-90% and manage its re-growth. We recommended having top up sessions after finishing a course of treatments. This can be anywhere from 6 months to 2 years after the end of your initial sessions.
    As soon as you notice any hair returning book a top up session to avoid having to have another course.
  • There are many lasers out there for example Nd:Yag, Ruby, Alexandrite and Diodethat are marketed under different brand names. Finding the right laser to treat your skin type, hair colour and texture is key to effective long lasting results. Research the technology behind the laser you are going to invest your money in!
  • Choose a clinic that will support your journey throughout the treatment plan. It is essential that the aesthetician is able to analyse your hair growth as you progress through your treatments.
    Laser treatments are complex and require adjustments in machine settings which only an experienced aesthetician/therapist will be able to do successfully and safely.

Want to know more? Please get in touch with our Bradford laser clinic for a consultation.

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