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Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
In recent years, laser clinics, medical spas, and plastic surgeons’ offices have been somewhat loose with their use of the term “permanent hair removal.” While lasers have been widely approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the removal of unwanted hair, the FDA has also been strict about the marketing of these treatments as permanent hair removal solutions. The reason for this restriction isn't so much a statement on quality as much as it is about quantity. Scientific studies on Laser Hair Removal success rates have proven that the treatments can, in fact, permanently remove hair, with hair regrowth reduced by 80% or more with many patients. However, because some hair will typically grow back, the procedure must be identified as “permanent hair reduction,” rather than “permanent hair removal.”
Permanent Hair Removal Today: Knowing Your Options
The simplicity and appeal of smooth, hairless skin leads millions of people to explore their options in permanent body hair removal every year. Today, there are numerous choices of products and treatments that promise minimal to substantial levels of permanent hair reduction. Choosing the right one can depend on everything from the area of the body being treated to a person's tolerance for pain.
Laser Hair Removal Alternatives
If you're not convinced that laser hair removal is right for you at the moment, there are other hair removal options out there. Unlike laser treatments and the aforementioned Electrolysis, however, none of these alternatives can accomplish permanent hair reduction, let alone permanent hair removal. Nonetheless, many people still stand by traditional techniques like hair waxing. There are countless salons that offer waxing, and many waxing products allow people to remove hair at home. The problems with this method, however, are obvious: it's extremely painful, the results don't last, and there are plenty of regions that are impossible to treat on your own. To avoid the pain, some people turn to hair removal depilatories like Nair or Veet, which are chemical creams that basically melt hair off. Again, this only gets rid of hair for a matter of days, and it's rarely effective on particularly coarse hair. Another popular product, Vaniqa®, is also a cream treatment, but is not a depilatory. Instead, using Vaniqa® for hair removal involves the chemical reaction of an enzyme inhibitor, which is applied to the skin to slow down the regrowth of hair. It's approved by the FDA, but is not considered a viable replacement for procedures like Electrolysis or laser hair removal.
New Permanent Hair Removal Product
Another one of the hair removal products getting a lot of attention lately is the new at home hair laser hair removal system, TRIA. Developed by SpectraGenics, the TRIA hair removal system is the first diode laser to get FDA approval for at-home use. Many experts believe the TRIA is just the first in what could be a series of home-based laser hair removal systems likely to enter the market in the next few years. While approved by the FDA, the long term success of the TRIA and other at-home hair lasers remains in question. The idea of an easy, DIY permanent hair removal treatment is a great one that is certainly plausible in the future, but for now, the better option is still to put your laser hair removal treatment in the hands of an experienced laser technician.
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