Most modern women have contemplated hair removal beyond the usual methods, i.e, shaving, plucking, and waxing. And it’s only natural that they’d come to laser hair removal and want to try it out. After all, laser is the most effective and long-lasting hair removal treatment available today.
But laser hair removal isn’t a 100% certified removal method. Its effectiveness is contingent on a few things, like skin tone, hormones, and hair cycles. In short – laser doesn’t always work the way you expect it to, and it certainly doesn’t work in the same way for everyone.
So here are the primary factors that affect the success of the laser hair removal process, so you can figure out if it’s going to work for you or not.
Skin Tone And Hair
The contrast between skin tone and hair color is the biggest factor that can inhibit the success of this treatment. Laser hair removal devices seek out the melanin (natural pigment) of hair follicles. Using light and heat, they begin to damage the follicles enough that it eventually restricts hair growth.
The laser needs to be able to single out the hair follicle from the skin to work most effectively. Because of this, the ideal candidates for this treatment are those who have pale skin and dark hair. The pigment of the hair follicles has little skin pigment to compete with.
Candidates with light hair and Mediterranean/middle-eastern skin tones are trickier. In the latter case, some treatments can even stimulate growth rather than inhibit it. Candidates with active tans should avoid this treatment until their tan has faded.
For a long time candidates with dark skin tones had no option – laser hair removal simply wouldn’t work for them. Thanks to technology this has changed, and there are now effective options for darker skin tones. However, there is still some risk of hyperpigmentation or dark spots.
If you have light hair or brown or darker skin tones, laser hair removal will be trickier but possible. Treatments can still work for you as long as you are being treated by a knowledgeable and experienced practitioner with up-to-date equipment.
Unusually high hormone levels can also affect laser hair removal treatment. Medical conditions such as PCOS (Polycystic-Ovarian Syndrome) or hirsutism can cause hormone imbalances that promote excess hair growth.
While laser treatment is effective for current hair growth, it cannot treat future hair growth that is likely to be caused by hormone imbalance. Candidates with hormone disorders can be treated, but they will likely need more sessions to maintain results.
If you are affected by hormone disorders consider contacting your doctor for treatment. Some hormone medication can slow or stop excess hair growth which should improve the success of your laser hair sessions.
Hair growth cycles also affect treatment. Hair moves in different phases of growth – the anagen, the catagen, and the telogen. But laser hair removal treatment is most effective on hairs that are still in the active growth phase. Because hairs don’t grow at the same time, laser removal can’t target all hair in one session. This is why any effective treatment will take place over multiple sessions.
Number Of Treatments
Treatments will vary between individuals, but most people need between 6 to 8 treatments to achieve maximum results. The number of treatments will depend on all of the factors mentioned above, and most sessions will take place 4 to 8 weeks apart so hair can be treated in the anagen or active growth phase.
If you’re considering laser removal treatment, our cosmetic specialists at Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal are here to help. Contact us to discuss laser hair removal costs with one of our specialists and arrange your free consultation today. Furthermore, you can book your appointments based on your location.