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Does laser hair removal really work?

By November 28, 2008 - 12:54pm
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I had several treatments of laser hair removal (for underarms) done several years ago. It didn't work, even though I was told I was a good candidate based on my skin color etc. I know that different methods are used based on hair and skin color. I wasted about $500.

Now I am seeing ads calling it "laser hair reduction" rather than removal although I still hear it called "removal" a lot too.

Has this procedure actually worked for anyone?

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EmpowHER Guest

Hi, my name is Adriana. I have the same experience. Wasted money £630 and time on 9 sessions in 2014/2015 for underarms hair. Two different centres. Apparently using the latest lasers. The hair reduction was only temporary - after 6 weeks it grew back and now I have more hair than ever before. A huge disappointment. But I know that it worked for my friend. So it is probably individual.

July 23, 2015 - 1:47am
EmpowHER Guest

I received 5 laser treatments on my back spread out by 6-8 weeks on average (each was followed by a brief touch up session). Despite my light skin and dark hair, there has been no improvement in the quantity or thickness of my hair. The procedures would remove hair for 6 weeks before they grew back. I signed up for 6 treatments, but didn't bother with the last one because my back would be red and inflamed for 2 days after each session and didn't want to put myself through additional pain.

November 13, 2014 - 9:47am
EmpowHER Guest

I have read nothing but good things about laser hair removal. It seems to work well for everyone.

May 5, 2014 - 10:14pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

It doesn't work. Period! I spent almost $1000, and had 8 treatments! It leaves your hair free for about 4-6 weeks and then they grow back!!!! Ridiculous!!!

March 19, 2015 - 10:17am
EmpowHER Guest

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May 3, 2014 - 3:09am
EmpowHER Guest

Laser vs. Electrolysis
The FDA categorizes laser as permanent hair reduction because laser cannot completely destroy the follicle. Lasers detect the hair by scanning for pigmentation therefore the hair needs to be dark and thick for the laser to work and even then it is not permanent and the hair will eventually grow back.

Electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal and the electrolysis works on any type of hair and/or skin (so the whole light skin dark hair doesn't apply). The American Medical Association & the Federal Drug Administration states that electrolysis is safe & permanent.

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January 12, 2012 - 2:52pm
EmpowHER Guest

I had 25 treatments from 4 different laser places on my face . Spent over $3000 . I have light skin and dark hair . My facial hair is even worse now than it use to be . The growth is massive . So , Laser didn't work for me . I feel like a hairy freak and i don't know what to do .

December 1, 2011 - 2:23pm
EmpowHER Guest

I was told I was perfect for the procedure. Dark hair light skin. 4 treatments in 2010 (and about a year later now)I still have to shave underarms everyday and no reduction. It is really heartbreaking for me because I deal with ingrown hairs and well, thick black hair that looks gross. Oh and still shaving every day. I just wanted to go 2 days atleast! The technology they were using for it was new and improved and a nice well known place so I guess its my body's fault.

August 9, 2011 - 7:56pm

I have had 7 laser treatments for my china area. I have been taking the treatment sessions for more than a year now but still hair keeps coming back. I also had dark hair,light skin so thought myself to be an ideal candidate. But I am losing my patience with the treatment now. :(

My friend who recommended me the treatment ,has undergone 12 treatments and still her hair keeps coming back.She has really light skin and dark hair too.

May 19, 2010 - 4:54am
EmpowHER Guest

personally, i did not get good results with laser hair removal. about two years ago i got my face lasered (i went to about 5 treatments). The hair temporarly stopped growing but after a few months it started growning back SUPER thick and fast (ITS really emberssing, and annoying!). now i have to wax my face once aweek where as prior to lasering i only had to wax it once a month. the hair is significantly thick and dark.

before i started my lasering i had dark hair with really light skin, so i was a good candidate.

i guess it doesnt always work. i also have some friends who have done it and they seem to be happy with it, where as others have the same problem as me. I had one friend who had lasered her underarms and she went for 10 sessions, but it did not seem to make adifference, only for a few months and thats it!

December 13, 2009 - 4:44am
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