I did hear about the methods being combined. I’ve also attended a presentation of a 90,000 laser appratus, where the salesperson actually recommended it (the combination). He was responding to the question about “permanent hair reduction” which some laser manufacturers are allowed to claim. The question asked was about the difference between “permanent hair removal” associated with electrolysis and “permanent hair reduction”, which the FDA permitted some lasers to claim.
He responded that lasers destroy about 80% of the hair, hence the reduction. And he suggested that the rest can be removed with electrolysis, hence the removal.
Whether or not you believe into his percentages, I think there is more to it than what it looks like.
First off, the laser treatment is faster for a bigger area. But it costs ten-fold, AND you never know how many times you need to come back for the same area to achieve the promised result. I had the misfortune to deal with laser techs. They tell you that you will need 4 treatments. After 10 treatments, they still spread their hands and tell you that you have to keep on coming. Now multiply the cost…
I believe I saw the REAL FDA definition for “reduction” rather than “removal”. You can probably find it on the web without much effort. They tell you what they classify as permanent reduction. According to the FDA it means that some of the hair will not regrow during a normal hair growth cycle (in 4 to 12 months).
I would not exppect the hair to continue its normal cycle because the follicle was damaged by the laser. It’s possible that it coul take longer for the follicle to generate new hair. In this case, what will happen in 18 months? In 24 months? The FDA does not test it.
I know that lasers got very popular lately for a few reasons, including massive ad compains. But I want to meet an ex-laser patient who is smooth 5 years or more after stopping all treatment. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but I just want to see it. Is there someone?