Is it true that IPL laser hair removal isn't permanent?

Is it true that IPL laser hair removal isn't permanent?

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) laser hair removal is often described as a semi-permanent hair reduction method rather than a permanent one. The reason for this is that while IPL can significantly reduce hair growth in the treated area, it may not lead to the complete and permanent removal of all hair. Here's why:

  1. Hair Growth Cycles: Hair grows in different phases or cycles, including the active growth phase (anagen), the transitional phase (catagen), and the resting phase (telogen). IPL and laser hair removal are most effective when targeting hair in the anagen phase because the hair is actively connected to the hair follicle. Not all hair is in this phase at the same time.

  2. Number of Sessions: To effectively target hair in various growth phases, multiple treatment sessions are typically required. It's essential to complete the recommended series of sessions for the best results.

  3. Maintenance Sessions: After the initial series of sessions, some individuals may require periodic maintenance sessions to address any hair regrowth over time.

  4. Hormonal Factors: Hormonal changes due to factors like pregnancy, menopause, or medical conditions can influence hair growth patterns. If such changes occur after IPL treatment, they may lead to new hair growth.

  5. Individual Variability: Each person's response to IPL can be unique. While many individuals achieve long-lasting hair reduction, others may experience varying degrees of regrowth.

Despite these factors, IPL hair removal can offer significant and long-lasting hair reduction, with many people experiencing extended periods of minimal hair regrowth. The effectiveness can vary depending on individual factors, such as skin and hair type, and the practitioner's expertise. Consulting with our qualified dermatologist at SKINFUDGE for a personalised assessment can help you understand what results you can expect from IPL hair removal.

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