Lisa Mason, Director of Medical Standards at sk:n

"Hair removal is big business. In fact, in 2017, the hair removal industry was estimated to be worth around $880.2 million. 

For anyone who struggles with removing excess hair on a daily basis, finding a permanent solution to this problem is like the holy grail of body hair maintenance. But does “permanent” hair removal actually exist? And if so, how does it work?"


Methods Of Hair Removal

There are so many methods for removing hairs on the market today: waxing, sugaring, hair removal creams, IPL (intense pulsed light), electrolysis and laser hair removal - all claiming to be the best solution. But which actually provides the longest lasting results and is worth parting with our hard-earned cash?

Permanent Hair Reduction At sk:n

  • Permanently reduce unwanted body and facial hair by up to 90%
    Our state-of-the-art lasers offer results that last, leaving you with smooth, comfortable skin and a permanent reduction in hair. 
  • Target hairs all over the body and face
    Achieve smooth skin from top to toe, even on sensitive and hard-to-reach areas such as the bikini line and face. 
  • Say goodbye to ingrown hairs and shaving rash
    Discover the pain-free solution to unwanted body and facial hair. No mess, no fuss: just visible results from experts you can trust. 

Waxing offers instantaneous results and lasts a bit longer than shaving - but only a couple of weeks or so. Hair removal creams also provide quick results and have the added benefit of soft hair regrowth, so you don’t get that prickly effect you do with shaving and you’ll notice fewer ingrown hairs. 

IPL can offer long-lasting results, but uses a broad spectrum light and therefore is less precise than some other methods, so isn’t always suitable for hard-to-reach areas or darker skin tones.   

Electrolysis uses heat energy to destroy the individual hair follicles permanently. A very fine heated probe is inserted into the root and then the hair is plucked out with tweezers. This too offers long-lasting results, but tends to be used on smaller areas of skin. 

Laser hair removal: a long-lasting, versatile solution:
This form of hair removal can provide a permanent hair reduction of up to 90% after a course of approximately six to eight treatment sessions. There is no known solution that can provide absolute permanent hair removal, i.e., where all hairs are removed indefinitely. But laser hair removal comes pretty close and will permanently remove the hairs it successfully targets during treatment. 

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal treatment works by permanently damaging or destroying the individual hair follicles (i.e., the root of each hair beneath the surface of the skin.) This prevents the hair from regrowing in the treated area. 

In order to be effective, the hairs must be treated when they are in the growth part of their life cycle, known as the anagen phase. Unfortunately, not all of your hairs will be at this exact stage during treatment, so a number of treatments are required to target as many hairs as possible. 

What Happens During Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

  • Laser hair removal is a pain free treatment, so there’s no need to feel nervous beforehand. 
  • You’ll be asked to shave the area before your appointment so that the laser can target the hairs at the root.
  • Your practitioner will ensure you are comfortable and relaxed, before cleansing your skin thoroughly. 
  • The treatment will then begin. The practitioner will direct the laser light at the area being treated. This will feel a bit like an elastic band being twanged against the skin and will create a warming sensation. 
  • After treatment, your skin may be a little red and uncomfortable, but this should subside within 24 hours or so. You should begin to see a reduction in hair growth from the very first treatment, but you will need to have from six to eight treatments in order to achieve permanent results. 


Can laser hair removal offer a permanent reduction in hair for men and women?

Yes. The same long-lasting results can be achieved for both men and women. 

Why isn’t laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal does permanently reduce hair growth, but some factors such as hormones can cause hair to regrow in areas that have been successfully treated. People who suffer from conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome for example, might be required to have a few occasional top-up treatments to maintain their results. This is because hormonal imbalances can cause new hair follicles to develop.   

Is permanent hair removal possible?

In short, no. But methods such as laser hair removal and electrolysis offer very long lasting results and can permanently reduce unwanted body and facial hair.

Does sun exposure affect how permanent the results will be?

Sun exposure can have an impact on laser hair removal treatment. This is because the laser works by being attracted to the pigment in the hair follicle and any pigment in the surrounding skin can interfere with this process. This doesn’t mean the treatment is unsuitable for people who have a sun tan or those with darker skin colours; it just means the laser has to be adjusted to accommodate this - so be sure to inform your practitioner beforehand. 

Further Reading On Laser Hair Removal

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
Read our article on laser hair removal safety from Lisa Mason, Director of Medical Standards at sk:n clinics

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