A Primer on Permanent Hair Removal

You've probably heard the phrase uttered a thousand times, from radio ads to magazines, infomercials, and all over the internet: "permanent hair removal." The concept is appealing to just about everyone. Who wouldn't want to save themselves the hassles of shaving and waxing from here to eternity? The problem is, the term permanent hair removal is often used a bit loosely in advertising circles, leaving a considerable gray area around its actual definition.

The goal of this month's newsletter is to bring this issue into focus, and explain what permanent hair removal means to hair removal service providers, the Food and Drug Administration, and you, the consumer.

One of the most obvious and important questions is, "Is permanent hair removal really possible?" The simple answer is, "Yes!" Both electrolysis and laser hair removal can permanently eliminate hair, especially when the procedure is administered by a well trained professional. However, it's important to remember that laser hair removal, as determined by the FDA, cannot be marketed as a "permanent hair removal" solution. Reason being, laser hair removal treatments don't function on a follicle by follicle basis like electrolysis treatments. So, while some hair may never regrow, other hairs in the treatment zone may return in another part of the growth cycle, which could occur in a matter of weeks or years. With this in mind, laser hair removal procedures are referred to as a form of permanent hair reduction, rather than removal.

According to the Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal, lasers that are FDA approved for permanent hair reduction can be excellent complements to an approved permanent hair removal procedure like electrolysis. Plus, laser hair removal is generally acknowledged as a far more practical option for the treatment of large areas like the back or legs, where the painstaking process of electrolysis would simply be too painful, pricey, and time consuming for most people to endure.

Even if laser hair removal can't guarantee permanent results just yet, many clinics that offer the procedure do guarantee two years of customer satisfaction for patients who complete their minimum number of required sessions (usually in the ballpark of 3-6). When hair does regrow, it'll be thinner and in less quantity, regardless if it was a chest hair treatment or a bikini line treatment. When you consider all the time, money, and pain you'll save yourself over the course of two full years without shaving or waxing, permanent hair "reduction" starts to sound all the more appealing.

So, is everything starting to come into focus? We know that electrolysis is the only treatment currently FDA approved for permanent hair removal, but that laser hair removal is a much more effective and affordable treatment for larger parts of the body. For now, laser results fall into the "permanent hair reduction" category, but as the technology continues to advance in the years ahead, it's pretty safe to assume that lasers will continue to revolutionize the way we think about personal grooming.

Thanks For Reading!

We hope you enjoyed this edition of SignatureForum's Hair Removal Newsletter. For more info, feel free to contact us or check out are resources at Hair Removal Forum. And keep an eye out for next month's newsletter, as we explore more big news and advances in the hair removal industry.

Until Next Time,
The SignatureForum Staff

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