Laser hair removal has gained immense popularity as a semi-permanent hair removal method. Many people have experienced successful results with this procedure, enjoying smooth and hair-free skin. However, like any other treatment, laser hair removal may not work for everyone. In this blog, we will explore the possible reasons why laser hair removal may not deliver the desired outcome.
1.Hair Colour and Skin Tone:
One of the main factors affecting the efficacy of laser hair removal is the combination of hair colour and skin tone. Laser hair removal works best on individuals with light skin tones and dark hair. The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, so individuals with blonde, Gray, or white hair lack the necessary pigment for the laser to effectively remove the hair. Similarly, people with darker skin tones may have trouble due to the higher melanin content in their skin, which can absorb the laser’s energy and cause discomfort or skin damage.
2. Hair Growth Cycle:
Hair growth occurs in cycles, including the anagen (active growth phase), catagen (transition phase), and telogen (resting phase). Laser hair removal is most effective during the anagen phase when the hair is actively growing. However, not all hair follicles are in the anagen phase simultaneously, meaning multiple sessions are usually required to target all follicles. Additionally, some individuals may have dormant hair follicles that the laser cannot effectively treat unless they enter the active growth phase.
3. Undiagnosed hormonal imbalance
Hormonal imbalances can affect hair growth patterns and interfere with the effectiveness of laser hair removal. Conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often cause excessive hair growth, requiring additional treatments to manage the hair growth. In such cases, it is advised to address the underlying hormonal imbalance alongside laser hair removal treatments for a more successful outcome.
Women with excessive body hair or facial hair might see laser hair removal as their go-to hair removal treatment. However, if you have too much hair, it might be a case of a hormonal imbalance that could cancel out laser hair removal results. If your hair growth is a result of hormonal imbalance, laser hair removal might not work at all for your excess facial and body hair.
If you believe that your excess hair might be related to hormonal imbalance, consider having a medical evaluation prior to your laser treatment. Some predictors of excess hair due to hormonal imbalance include sudden hair growth, obesity or acne problems, or a family history of hirsutism.
Some causes of excessive hair growth that can overcome laser hair removal results include:
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: PCOS is the most common condition related to excessive hair growth in women. Women experiencing PCOS also may have diabetes, weight loss difficulty, irregular menstruation, and acne.
Post menopause: Women in the post-menopausal stage have less estrogen and more testosterone, resulting in increased facial hair.
Family history: Women with a family history of hirsutism are likelier to experience excessive hair growth.
Laser Hair Removal requires a certain level of expertise and experience to achieve optimal results
An experienced therapist will have a deep understanding of the different hair types,
Skin types and hair growth patterns, enabling them to customize the treatment to your specific needs. This can specifically targets the hair follicles and reduce hair growth.
5.The wrong equipment
One of the big factors of the success of laser hair removal, is the quality of the equipment used. The results from IPL hair removal is not long lasting and IPL is not suitable for all skin types. The most effective laser hair removal technology is a Diode Laser. At Durban Laser Clinic we use the Gold Standard in laser hair removal technology. The Lumenis Lightsheer Duet is a Grade 4 medical diode laser with a precision focused laser beam, resulting in minimal risk of damage to the surrounding skin.
6. Certain Medication
Medication can potentially interfere with the effectiveness of laser hair removal. Some medications can make you skin more photo sensitive (like retinol). This can increase the risk of adverse reactions. Therefore, the laser settings need to be much lower which can affect results.
Other medications like Minoxidil and steroids can stimulate new follicles to grow hair and promote hair growth, which could potentially counteract the effect of laser hair removal.
While laser hair removal has proven to be effective for many individuals, it’s important to understand that several factors can influence its success. Hair color and skin tone, hair growth cycles, hormonal imbalances, medications, medical conditions, and the expertise of the practitioner all play a role in determining the outcome of laser hair removal. Before opting for this treatment, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified practitioner who can assess your individual needs and provide an accurate assessment of its potential effectiveness.