All about permanent hair removal
Permanent hair removal involves use of professional treatments which limits the body’s production of hair in selected areas.
Among the most popular areas for permanent hair removal in women include the bikini line, between the buttocks, upper lip, chin, eyebrows, underarms and arms. For men: the back, neck, shoulders and chest.
The debate about body hair may lead anywhere but for most people it means control over their body hair and a feeling of freshness and well-being.
For other removal means an opportunity to eliminate a constant insecurity and embarrassment. Whatever it is, for those who are looking for permanent hair removal its good news – technology has come far and the results of the treatment can be successful.
On this page you will get the help you need.
If you understand hair, you will understand hair removal
All body hair are produced in a hair follicle that is in the skin’s middle layer known as the dermis. Each hair follicle has a program that controls how much and what type of hair it produces.
All hair follicles produce hair in cycles of growth and inactivity, or production phase and resting phase. The aim with hair removal is to destroy the hair follicles that produce unwanted hair.
How modern hair removal is performed
However, with the right equipment and technology, it is now possible to perform permanent hair removal so that the follicle never produces new hair.
Under optimal conditions, you can reduce hair growth by 80-90%. The hair that remains in treated area also becomes lighter and thinner.
In some areas, the body produces no new hair over the years. Examples include underarms and the bikini line. In others, such as the upper lip, new hair is produces as we age. In such areas is therefore a maintenance treatment is recommended.
Only active hair follicles can be eliminated
As mentioned earlier, the hair follicles have a growth phase and a resting phase. For one hair removal treatment to be effective, it must be performed on hair follicles while they are in a growth phase.
Since hair grows in cycles where some hair follicles rest while other produce, 5-10 regular treatments is needed with 4-8 weeks apart in order to access all hair follicles in the area. For each treatment, the hair follicles get fewer, lighter and thinner.
Your four options
There are many different methods for hair removal. Shaving and waxing is perhaps the most known, but for those who are looking for a professional treatment with a permanent result, there are in fact four options:
- Laser Treatment – different types of laser light is sent into the skin to heat up the hair follicles to about 70 degrees to “extinguish” them.
- Light treatment – Intense Pulseed Light (IPL) or other light treatments are used with the same aim as a laser treatment, but is often less effective.
- Diathermy – a needle is inserted down a few millimeters to the hair follicle where it is heated so that it ”turns off” the hair follicle on the same basis as a laser or light treatment.
- Electrolysis – a chemical reaction that destroys the follicle inside activates by a needle which leads weak current that is passed into the follicles a few millimeters under the skin. An effective but time-consuming treatment.
Laser is the most popular method
The optimal method for hair removal would be an effective single treatment that suited all skin and hair types, went quickly, and were painless with no risks and inexpensive.
Unfortunately, this method is not invented yet. Until the “optimal” hair removal method is found, laser, light, diathermy and electrolysis treatments are the only options and they all have their advantages and disadvantages.
The challenge for all hair removal treatments is to heat up or in other ways to destroy the hair follicles without damaging the skin. Ideally, it should be quick and painless.
Generally, you can say that laser treatment performed with optimal equipment and technology is the method for hair removal which currently has the most similarities with the “optimal” method.
However, with the above said, there should be added that there are times where light, diathermy, electrolysis treatment is a better alternative, or a good addition to laser hair removal.
With right information, you will make the right decision
To find out which method suits your requirements, preferences and economy, please visit the respective method’s information page. It will give you more information and you will know more about the different technologies, possibilities and limitations.
By informing yourself, you can choose the right method for your hair, therefore successful treatment results that suit your budget.
Additional information and options for hair removal
- Search clinics that perform professional hair removal in our Clinic Directory
- Read more about permanent hair removal with laser
- Read more about hair removal with light treatments (IPL, etc)
- Read more about permanent hair removal with diathermy
- Read more about hair removal with electrolysis
- Ask questions and read answers about hair removal in “ Ask the Expert”
- Discuss permanent hair removal in our forum
The information about hair removal has been examined by Dr. Tore Nilsen from Vaxsjo Medical Center. It provides a basic guide to hair removal and cannot replace a consultation with a specialist.