Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent? The Myth of Permanent Hair Removal

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

For many of you, removing unwanted body hair has been an incessant fight since puberty. So what you’re looking for is a permanent solution to unyielding body hair.

You’ve read about laser hair removal and you wonder, “Is laser hair removal permanent?” The simple answer is laser hair removal provides permanent hair reduction.

We can permanently reduce the number of hair follicles that produce hair by about 75%-90%. We are mammals and therefore naturally produce body hair. We aren’t meant to be 100% hair free and WIFH will never guarantee 100% hair reduction as this is not medically possible.

We know from years of experience that you should achieve about an 80% reduction in hair, leaving you with a few slow growing fine hairs in the treated area. The one exception to this is the face and neck.

For a more detailed description of this please refer to our section on laser hair removal for facial hair. Dr Kulkin suggests you be very wary of ANYONE who tells you that you will have no hair left.

While you won’t be 100% hairless you will have substantially less hair, which means you will spend far less time maintaining it. Additionally, if you suffered from razor burn or ingrown hairs, those issues will be a thing of the past.

Our gold standard is for you not to whisk away a few slow growing fine hairs no more than once each week. Laser hair removal will save you both time and money over the long term

Laser Hair Removal Permanent

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Just like your black shirt absorbs the suns heat in the summer, the color of your hair absorbs heat from the laser. Through this absorption, the heat enters the hair follicle either damaging it, or destroying it. Once damaged, the follicle can only produce a slow growing, finer hair.

So, while it is called laser hair removal, you can see, we aren’t removing hair, we are permanently reducing the number of hair follicles and their ability to make hair.

Laser hair removal is a process and you will need to return for multiple treatments for best results. Since 2002, all of our laser hair removal packages have included 8-sessions with treatments done at 6 week intervals.

How Permanent Laser Hair Removal Works

A single laser pulse treats hundreds of hair follicles in a fraction of a second, which means that a visit to our office for laser hair removal takes just a few minutes out of your busy day.

As mentioned above, after completing 8-sessions our patients typically see anywhere from a 75% to a 90% permanent hair reductions in the area that is treated. Permanent meaning those hairs will never grow back.

The 10% to 25% of hair that could possibly remain is much different from the hair that you began with. Those hair follicles while not completely destroyed are damaged, and by damaged we mean the follicle has reduced in size, so the hair that it can produce is much finer. They appear lighter in color and grow back very slowly, making maintenance very easy.

Lasers We Use in Permanent Hair Reduction

Permanent Laser Hair Removal AtlantaLasers are not one size fits all, which means not all lasers are safe for every skin type. This is where our expertise comes into play. There are two important factors when choosing where to have laser hair removal. One is the laser you are being treated with and the other is the person holding the laser.

For light skin types, we use the strongest laser in the industry called the Alexandrite laser. Fondly referred to as “Alex”, this laser can help eliminate even the lightest brown to almost blond hairs from all parts of the body. Of course, black and dark brown hairs respond best.

For darker skin types the “YAG” laser is hands down the safest in the industry. We have performed over 300,000 procedures on dark skin without one serious complication. It is Dr. Kulkin’s opinion, that using any laser other than the YAG on dark skin increases the risk of serious complication significantly. We encourage everyone to do their research, because a laser in the wrong hands can be very dangerous.

Dr. Kulkin is a recognized laser expert. He has been using lasers for over 30 years and trains other physicians from around the world in laser science and technique. Our staff is made up of a Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Medical Aestheticians who are licensed by the Georgia Medical Board to operate a laser and have all been personally trained by Dr Kulkin.

Dr. Kulkin is directly involved in the care of every patient, reviewing progress and suggesting different approaches to each patient’s unique needs. In fact, every patient has direct access to him by cell phone any time or if he is needed after hours. Your safety is always our top priority. We invite you to come and experience the WIFH difference.

*If you’re wondering what skin type you are. We use the Fitzpatrick scale to determine your skin type and the best laser to use.

The Fitzpatrick Scale

Skin Type

Description

Type I Always burns in the sun, never tans, light color hair and eyes
Type II Usually burns in the sun, tans with difficulty, light skin, light colored hair
Type III Sometimes burns in the sun, but usually tans, darker eyes, slight coloring of the skin
Type IV Rarely burns in the sun, tans easily, dark eye color, definitive darkening skin color
Type V Very rarely  burns in the sun, dark hair and eye color
Type VI Very dark skin color, dark course hair, dark eyes

Below is a chart highlighting the different lasers and wavelengths that are available and what skin types they can safely treat.  Highlighted are the lasers used in our office for Laser Hair Removal:

Laser

What Skin Types it Can Safely Treat

Alexandrite: 755nm wavelength Best used on pale skin, skin types I-III. This laser is not safe for dark skin types at any setting.
Ruby: 694nm wavelength Very few use this laser for hair removal. It can only be used on very pales skin. Skin types I, maybe II
Pulsed Diode: 810nm wavelength Treats skin types I-V
Nd: YAG: 1064nm wavelength Safe for all skin types, but most effective on IV-VI