Recently I decided to undergo laser hair removal to remove my facial hair (full beard). I’m a male who has just turned 26 and I very much hate shaving. My facial hair is dark, coarse, and prevalent.
After undergoing one laser treatment I decided it wasn’t for me. I think my experience was pretty typical: it took about 20 minutes, hurt like hell, my face was sore for a week, and I had the ‘burnt’ hair look on my face for about 2 weeks before the hair fell out. I believe they used the Nd: Yag laser, although I don’t know the settings.
For about 4 weeks after the treatment, a lot of the hair stopped growing, about 80%. After 4 weeks it has slowly returned however, and I would say 65-70% of the hair has regrown, with 2 or so quarter sized patches underneath my chin and patches near my sideburns as well.
My question is, can I expect full regrowth and facial hair recovery? I’ve had just one treatment, 7 weeks ago, and experienced 70% regrowth. I’ve read in some places that I could maybe expect to see the beard come in full again anywhere from 4 to 6 months after treatment (due to new hairs coming in). Is that a realistic expectation? I’ve done things like cut back on alchohol, get proper sleep, and exercise which I know increases testosterone levels in men, which contriubutes to facial hair growth. I’m not on any medications or steroids. Would be interested to hear about my chances from the experts here, including LAGirl and others.