I’m considering laser and have heard a lot of mixed things.
I’m male, early 20s, light skin, dark hair (type II I think) and I’m not necessarily after permanent removal. The more removed the better, but I’d take permanent reduction at this point, as I can’t afford to have years and years of treatments. From the info I’ve pieced together from this site and elsewhere it seems like if laser works at all, I should go about as far as I can with it after about 8 treatments or so.
So here’s my question: What is the difference between permenent removal and permanent reduction? I know laser doesn’t necessarily work on fine hair. So say I remove the hair with laser and it works. Does this mean that hair won’t ever come back? Would it be accurate to say that laser can’t remove all types of hair but the hair it does remove will be removed permanently? Or will this hair continue to grow but just come in finer and lighter?
Thanks for the feedback. I just want to make sure I get the most for my money.
PS- there is this place called “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” in certain parts of the US. Has anyone heard of this place? Any good? I’ve only heard their ad on the radio.
Laser works best on dark, coarse hair and light skin. It does not work well on light and fine hairs. You should see results after 2 treatments. The Lightsheer has sufficient power to treat finer hair as long as the skin is light. The alexandrite laser does not work as well on fine hair.
My experience has been that the hair removed by laser will be removed permanently. Due to growth cycles, some hair will not be removed but will come back finer. To treat that hair, higher fluences must be used but. Eventually some hairs will get so fine that laser will not work on them. After the laser has done all it can, then you can finish with electrolysis.
My motto is start with laser finish with electrolysis. The first laser treatment on my chest permanently removed (reduced, or whatever they want to call it) 50% of the hair. And it did not come back, and it is not going to come back, period. Any regrowth that I saw occurred within two months and was stable after that. I have not had any laser treatments on my abs for two years and they have maintained 90% hair removal (reduction, or whatever they want to call it).
When people do not get good results from laser, it is usually because they have the wrong skin/hair type, they were undertreated, or an ineffective device was used.