You are finally ready to throw away your razor, break up with your waxing specialist and give laser hair removal a fair shot. Upon your first consultation at a medical spa in Brickell Miami you are promised permanent laser hair removal results. This statement however may be slightly stretched. Currently, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that permanent laser hair removal can be achieved.
There are some “chosen” ones who have reported permanent laser hair removal reduction and the not so lucky ones who’s hair completely grew back. These are the outliers as no human body is exactly the same. The average patient will achieve anywhere from 80-90% reduction after a series of treatments. Depending on personal biological factors maintenance treatments are usually required to maintain the results. After all, you can not expect to maintain a perfect six pack once you cancel your gym membership and eat pizza for dessert.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has classified laser hair removal procedure as a permanent form of hair reduction. The official definition of permanent hair reduction is “the long term, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime, which may include a series of treatments” The FDA also states that the period of hair free skin and the rate of regrowth must be stable over time greater than the duration of the complete growth cycle of the hair follicles. This period of time can range anywhere from 4 to 12 months depending on the body area. Making the “permanency” a variable term.
A more thorough explanation of the hair growth cycle can be found on our laser hair removal page, it is important to remember that the laser is only able to target the hair in the actively growing cycle. Even though large areas can be treated in a short amount of time, only the hair that is actively growing will be affected. The chart below illustrates growth cycles by body part. For example, when getting laser hair removal on the underarms, the growth cycle is much shorter then then the one on the legs and the chin. In accordance with the FDA statement and to qualify as a form of permanent hair removal the reduction on the legs needs to be stable for at least 12 months. Whereas the the reduction on the underarms only requires a period of 5 months.
The American Society of Dermatologic Surgery states that it impossible to predict exactly how many treatments are needed and the duration of the hair free period before a touchup. Any reputable medical spa will never be able to guarantee success of the procedures or exactly how many treatments would be needed for the desired result as every patient responds differently.
To find out more about laser hair removal in Brickell Miami contact the hair removal experts at Avalon Medical Spa today.