Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Are you considering laser hair removal?  If so, you’re not alone.  Many people are now choosing to have laser hair removal done because they are interested in a more permanent alternative to waxing, shaving, and tweezing.  But is laser hair removal permanent?

What Happens During Laser Hair Removal?

During laser hair removal, the concentrated laser energy targets the melanin at the base of the hair follicle.  The melanin absorbs the laser energy and generates heat that damages the root of the hair follicle.  This prevents future hair growth.   The treated hairs fall out  a few days or weeks after treatment.

A laser hair removal session takes 15-60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. 

Laser hair removal is commonly performed on the face, legs, underarms, bikini area, and back.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

The laser energy damages the hair-producing center of the hair follicle, so it cannot produce new hair after treatment. This reduces the number of hairs and leads to long term hair reduction, but the results are not permanent.  Hair may grow back in the treated areas, but it is usually finer and lighter than before.  Therefore, follow-up treatments are recommended to maintain optimal results.

Laser hair removal reduces hair growth by 85-90%.  However, it typically requires a series of 8 treatments to achieve the desired hair reduction, due to thehair growth cycle.  The hair growth cycle involves 3 phases – active, transition, and resting, but the laser energy only affects hair in the active phase.  Since hair grows at varying rates all the hair in the treatment area won’t be addressed in a single session, so multiple hair removal sessions are required.

Would you like to learn more about laser hair removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, or Santa Fe areas, Flawless Med Spa Albuquerque, NM is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (505) 317-2702.

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