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Permanent Hair Removal: Is It Really ‘Permanent?’

Permanent Hair Removal: Is It Really ‘Permanent?’

Whether you opt for IPL or Laser Hair Removal treatment, the question that may pop in your head is that if they are really a permanent solution. 

The truth is, you will never lose every single hair in your body, nor will it be permanently removed. Both IPL and Laser hair removal treatments cannot promise you a lifetime of smooth and hair-free body. However, you can enjoy its effects for several years. You won’t even notice that hairs are growing back because hairs will become thinner and smoother. 

But results may still vary individually. Certain conditions are linked to our body hair growth. Some people may still experience excessive body hair growth even after light-based treatments because of the following factors described below.

What causes excessive body hair growth?

The hairs that are removed in the previous treatments may not grow back, but it doesn’t mean that new hairs won’t crop up. Body hairs aren’t bad at all as it serves a particular purpose in the body. However, if you have too much of them in unlikely areas, you might get a little frustrated in getting rid of them. This can be associated with:

  1.   Genetics

Having a hairy body can be inherited through genetics. Your genes decide when and where your hair will occur, and how sensitive your hair follicles are with the substances that trigger hair growth. For instance, if your father grows an excessive amount of hair in a particular area, you may also grow a similar quantity in a similar area as your father.

  1.   Androgens

Androgens are hormones that activate body hair growth. Every one of us has these hormones, but it is more common and dominant among men. For women, having a hormonal imbalance or overproduction of androgens may lead to excessive hair growth. This may appear on their face, arms, legs, and etc. Most often, it happens during pregnancy or menopausal stage.

  1.   Ovarian diseases

Diseases that affect the ovaries also trigger excessive body hair growth in women. This is because ovaries have a unique role in regulating the hormone levels in the body. This means that any complications that involve the ovary can cause hormonal imbalance. The most common ovarian disease is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is one of the leading causes of abnormal body hair growth in women.

  1.   Adrenal diseases

Our adrenal glands produce androgens. If we have adrenal disorders, there can be a tendency for adrenal glands to produce a higher quantity of androgens. This leads to an increase in body hair growth for both men and women. Some of the common adrenal diseases include adrenal hyperplasia, Cushing’s syndrome, and adrenal tumors.

  1.   Steroid medications

Steroid medications may disturb the levels of natural hormones in your body. This is because these kinds of medications establish synthetic hormones into your body. In this case, there can be an imbalance towards androgen that can lead to the increase of body hair growth. Examples of steroid medications: danazol, anabolic steroids, metyrapone, and corticosteroids.

How Many Treatments You Will Need

The number of sessions you need will depend on your case. However, it may take you 6-10 treatments to see visible hair reduction results. So, you may need extra patience for the procedure.

If you are looking for much quicker sessions, you can opt for IPL hair removal. The use of broad-spectrum light source at multiple wavelengths enables larger areas to be treated at once. Also, you can expect IPL hair removal treatments to be significantly cheaper compared to Laser treatments. 

The Answer

No, permanent hair removal is not really permanent. IPL and Laser hair removal treatments should not be literally referred to as permanent hair removal. It is more appropriate to describe these treatments as long-term solutions for unwanted body hair growth.

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