Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Yes. Laser hair removal definitely works, but it works best on dark hairs on a light background and very little on white or red hairs. The laser needs the pigmentation on dark hair as a target, and the lighter the surrounding skin is, the easier it is for the laser to treat without damaging the area around. So dark hair on dark skin may require additional treatments for an absolute best results.
The most effective treatments happen when the hair has pigmentation (colEffective r) and the hair is in active growth state. Multiple treatments are required and are usually spaced anywhere from 4-8 weeks apart. Each body part has a different growth rate; therefore, if you are treating multiple areas you many need to stagger appointments to capture that optimum growth state.
Hair can only be treated if it is actively growing and somewhere close to the surface of the skin. If the full shaft of the hair is removed prior to treatment by waxing, tweezing or plucking there is no conduit for the laser light to reach the hair root. Shaving or trimming is the best way to maintain active hair growth. As we age different hair follicles will mature and produce hair. Hormonal changes will also aggravate this process to some extend. If your hormones are fluctuating and change on a regular basis just be aware that you may need touch up treatments throughout your life time.
Additionally, not all lasers and facilities are created equally. There is not a one size fits all method of treatment. Lasers come in all different wave lengths. Depending on your skin type and hair color one may be better for you than another. Lasers are very powerful and potent and can cause damage. Be sure that your technician has experience and knows the capabilities of the laser that they are using.