Hair grows on all parts of the body, including the face, arms, and legs. Although hair growth is normal for both men and women, some people want to completely remove it for cosmetic reasons.
Areas of the body where people often undergo long-term hair removal procedures include:
Although some hair removal methods provide results that last for months or years, few methods are truly permanent.
In this article, we will discuss the treatments and home hair removal methods that people can use to achieve long-lasting results.
Can you remove hair permanently?
There are several long-term hair removal options for those looking to get rid of unwanted hair. Electrolysis is the only treatment described as permanent by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-credentialed source.
Another hair removal method that offers long-term results is laser hair removal. However, some people need touch-up sessions to maintain results. They are necessary for women who, for example, have laser hair removal on their face.
The technician uses short-wave radio frequency electrolysis needles to destroy hair follicles. Then they remove the hair with tweezers.
A technician can perform electrolysis on almost any part of the body. Electrolysis is suitable for any type of hair, including light-colored hair.
Due to the hair growth cycle, it usually requires multiple electrolysis sessions to achieve desired results. The number of sessions may vary depending on body area, human sensitivity, and hair size.
However, once the technician has removed all the hair from the designated area, the person will not need an additional appointment.
After an electrolysis session, a person may experience tingling, redness, and irritation at the site of hair removal. They can also cause infection or excessive scarring around the site, but this is rare.
Some home electrolysis kits are available. However, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends electrolysis by an experienced technician for best results.
The cost of electrolysis varies depending on the number of sessions, as well as other factors such as the skill of the technician and how much hair needs to be removed.
Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal uses a high heat laser to destroy the hair follicle. The technician can use laser hair removal anywhere on the body except around the eyes.
According to the AAD, a person can expect to see a 10-25% reduction in hair after the first session. When the hair grows back, they become lighter in color and less thick. Once the hair stops growing, it may not return for months or years.
Laser hair removal works best on dark, coarse hair. It is not effective for light, gray or red hair.
Laser hair removal usually requires several sessions to remove all the hair on a certain area of the body. These sessions are held 4-6 weeks apart.