Is Laser Hair Removal Really Permanent?

Danielle Lowe
By Danielle Lowe

Danielle Lowe is the Marketing Manager for, the UK’s largest aesthetic information website. 

Are you tired of constantly shaving, waxing, or plucking unwanted body hair?
Laser hair removal has become a popular option for those seeking a more permanent solution to get rid of unwanted hair. Is laser hair removal really permanent?
Let's dive into the facts...
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses concentrated beams of light to target and destroy hair follicles. The heat from the laser damages the follicles, inhibiting their ability to regrow hair. It is commonly used to remove hair from areas such as the face, underarms, bikini line, and legs.
The question of whether laser hair removal is permanent is often debated. While laser hair removal can significantly reduce hair growth and provide long-lasting results, it is not always completely permanent for everyone.
The effectiveness of the treatment depends on several factors, including:
  1. Hair colour and thickness: Laser hair removal works best on dark, coarse hair as the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle. Lighter hair colours, such as blonde or grey, may not respond as effectively to the treatment.
  2. Skin colour: The colour of your skin can also affect the success of laser hair removal. The ideal candidate for laser hair removal has lighter skin with darker hair, as the laser can better differentiate between the pigment in the hair and the skin.
  3. Treatment sessions: Laser hair removal typically requires multiple treatment sessions to achieve desired results. The number of sessions needed can vary depending on the individual and the treatment area.
  4. Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes in the body, such as pregnancy or menopause, can sometimes affect hair growth and potentially require touch-up treatments even after achieving initial results.
It's also important to note that "permanent" in the context of laser hair removal does not necessarily mean "forever." It typically refers to a significant reduction in hair growth that can last for a prolonged period of time, requiring occasional maintenance treatments.
In the UK, laser hair removal is considered a safe and regulated procedure when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner. It's crucial to choose a reputable clinic or salon that uses CE-approved lasers and employs trained technicians to ensure the best results and minimise the risk of adverse effects.
In conclusion, while laser hair removal can provide a long-lasting and significant reduction in hair growth, it may not be entirely permanent for everyone. Factors such as hair colour, skin colour, hormonal changes, and the number of treatment sessions can all affect the results. It's important to have realistic expectations and consult with a qualified professional to determine if laser hair removal is the right option for you.

If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together some Laser hair removal FAQs just for you. 

If you have more questions, you can use the Laser hair removal questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts. 

If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited Laser hair removal clinics in your area.

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