Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

hair removalYou may be wondering if laser hair removal really works, and the answer is a loud and resounding YES!

When it was first introduced, poor technology and inexperienced technicians gave laser hair removal a bad reputation, particularly among those who have an ethnic background with darker skin tones. But this simply isn’t the case anymore.

There are several factors that lead to the best results when undergoing laser hair removal treatments, however. The technology works by targeting the pigments in the hair follicles. As the skin absorbs the laser, the heat singes the hair, destroying it and the surrounding root. This prevents any future hair growth, which is why laser hair removal is the only permanent hair removal solution. So, what factors determine the best results?

Hair Color

Since laser hair removal technology works by targeting hair pigment, the lasers work best on dark hair. Those with blond and red hairs shouldn’t be discouraged though because they may just require more treatments. If you’re concerned that your hair is too light, it’s best to schedule a consultation with a laser hair removal specialist to get the best advice on how to proceed.

Hair Growth Cycle

For the most part, each part of your body follows a similar hair growth cycle. There are three stages to hair growth: the anagen stage, catagen stage, and the telogen stage. Laser hair removal is only ideal during the anagen stage because this is when the hair begins to appear above the skin. This can take 6-12 weeks depending on your cycle, so treatments are typically scheduled within that time period. This is why it is so important not to miss a treatment session. Once your hair leaves the anagen stage, it is no longer an ideal candidate for laser hair removal. At the telogen stage, laser hair removal can’t be performed.


Where you undergo treatment will also determine best results. Certain areas of the body hold thicker, darker hair, which will absorb the laser better than areas with lighter hairs. This might mean you’ll require a different treatment plan on some parts of your body than on others.

Skin Color

When laser hair removal was first introduced, poor technology and untrained technicians developed a bad reputation among those with darker skin. Since then, however, technology has become more advanced and the Fitzpatrick Scale was developed. This scale, numbered 1 through 6, determines the setting the technician will use and is based on the client’s answers in response to questions about sun sensitivity level and natural skin color. This ability to adjust the laser level has drastically improved laser hair removal for those with darker skin tones.

Ready to schedule a free consultation? Our expert team is ready to answer your questions about laser hair removal and what to expect. At Body Details True Laser Hair and Tattoo Removal, we provide a free lifetime guarantee for all of our clients. Located in South Florida, our convenient night and weekend hours make it easy to book an appointment. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 866-708-8645 or submit the form on this page.

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