When you first start laser hair removal you’re eager and excited to remove all your unwanted hair at once. But what if it doesn’t work? What if you’ve a course of treatments like you were recommended but your hair is still growing? Well, there could be a number of factors that impact your treatment, some of which you have control over; and some that are genetic and there is little you can do. But only because your first round of treatment didn’t deliver the results, you should definitely not give up there. You should investigate the reasons; and decide after considering every possibility whether to continue with your treatment. In order to make you see it a bit clearer let’s talk about what happens if you stop laser hair removal early?
How laser hair removal works?
Laser works by emitting heat, which the pigment in your hair will transport right to the root of the hair. During this process the light energy turns into heat, that destroys the hair root preventing future growth.
Effective laser hair removal
For effective laser hair removal your hair growth has to be at a specific growth stage. However not all your hair is growing at the same speed. Which means the treatment would have to be repeated to capture these different growth cycles. For best results you’re requested to attend your facial laser treatments at every 4 weeks and your body treatments at every 5-6 weeks.
If the weeks between treatments are extended, most likely you won’t get the desired results from your course of treatments; as opposed to someone that attended at the recommended intervals.
Remember laser hair removal is different from waxing. You aren’t waiting for a full regrowth, you’re targeting hair growth cycles. So always go by your practitioner recommendation to get the best results.
How many treatment should you have?
Although it is recommended that you do a minimum of 8 treatments if you never done laser before, it doesn’t mean you need only 8 treatments and will be hair free for life. Laser hair removal is a process that can be impacted by a number of things, including but limited to hair skin type, hair colour, hair density, underlaying medical conditions, hormonal imbalance etc. You may find that you friend completed 8 sessions and has no hair left, but you are still seeing significant growth. You may even see that on some areas of your body the reduction is instant, where as on other parts seems like you’ll need double amount of session. This is all normal.
Everyone responds different to the treatment and even different parts of you body can respond differently too. It’s super important however to understand this concept right from the beginning so your expectations are set and you aren’t being over promised.
What happens if you stop laser hair removal early.
Having said all the above, I can also understand your frustration when the treatment doesn’t work and all you want is just a hair free face/body. And to be rid of all the inconvenience that comes with unwanted hair.
If you stop laser hair removal too early, you’ll likely be left with something around the percentage that is there now. Once the particular follicle is dead it won’t regrow, but new ones can be triggered by hormonal changes.
It’s very important that your practitioner sets clear goals and expectations at the beginning of your laser hair removal course. Having said that of course no one will be able to predict the exact outcome, but if you know you are being treated with the right laser for your skin type and you are doing your bit by following your practitioners advise about treatment intervals, shaving in between, sun exposure etc, you are on the path to get the desired results much faster; so don’t give up. Trust the process and trust your practitioner.
To find out if laser hair removal is suitable for you, why not book a consultation with my Expert team, who will take care of you every step of the way.
How to book your consultation and what happens during your first visit?
As the first step of your hair removal journey at Skin Perfection London, we request that you attend a no obligations consultation and skin test. Firstly, this gives you the opportunity to learn more about the process. How does laser hair removal work? Why is it effective?
How many treatments you need? What’s the best laser for your skin type? How to prepare your skin for the treatment? And what to be aware of before undergoing laser hair removal. Finally to confirm suitability we’ll carry out a quick patch test.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at SP. Our highly trained and skilled aesthetic practitioners have many years of experience, so you can be confident you’re in the best hands. And, you can be sure, you’ll always have a stress-free relaxing experience.
Contact our team today to book an appointment.