Permanent Hair Removal. Is It Possible?

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We would all love to get rid of hair one place or another and say good-bye for all eternity, never wanting to think about it again. I know I can think of a couple of zones. But, is permanent hair removal something you can have guaranteed with a certain method or machine?

Here's the fact: There is no 100% guaranteed permanent hair removal method.

With that being said, there are hair removal options that are better than others for permanency.

Electrolysis is approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal because it has the best overall results of any method. This means electrolysis can get rid of hair for long periods of time, or even a lifetime. 

However, studies have shown it doesn't give everyone these permanent results forever. You won't know exactly how it will work for you in a specific zone until you try it. If you're okay with never seeing hair in your target area ever again, this is the way to go.

Electrolysis does require multiple sessions, which can get pricey depending on the electrologist's prices and the size of the zone. On the bright side, it doesn't require a certain hair color for effectiveness or skin tone for safety like laser hair removal. 

Also See: Can I Get Genital Electrolysis?

We've All Heard the Claims

Yes, there are plenty of gadgets, machines, and treatments promising permanent hair removal. These companies are outright lying or twisting the term "permanent" when you read their fine print.

You not only have to watch out for products you see on the Internet, but also professional treatments guaranteeing you'll be hair free forever.

Isn't Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Some laser centers make it sound that you'll never have to be reunited with your hair again, just by getting the right amount of visits with their machine.

As to date, there is no laser hair removal equipment that has been approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal.

However, the FDA has approved laser hair removal machines with permanent hair reduction because they can get rid of hair on many people for long periods of time with multiple treatments. Generally, the ideal candidates are considered those with light to medium skin tones and dark hair. Advancement is continually being made so that more people outside of those limits can also receive laser or other light-based treatments, like IPL (intense pulsed light). This includes hybrid devices that combine light-based hair removal with other technologies.

Hair growing back at some point is still possible, whether it's a reduced amount, finer version, or combination of both. According to The Mayo Clinic, lasers can reduce hair counts 40% to 80%.

The color of hair being treated, genetics, age, gender, hormones and season all can play a factor in how well the hair responds to laser hair removal initially, as well as how long treated hair stays away. As this method continues to progress and we gain more information we're learning more about the specifics on why it works differently on people, even if they have the same hair color being treated.

Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal at Home

Unfortunately, there are no real electrolysis machines for home use. However, there are genuine light-based laser and IPL systems made to give yourself treatments. Some of the systems can also be used for hair removal on the face, as well as the body. Be sure to fully read all instructions and safety information before zapping away.

Other Ways to Get Rid of Hair

Some hair removal methods may also reduce the amount of hair over time when done repeatedly. Tweezing, waxing, sugaring, and threading can damage the hair follicle over time when done often to the point where the area no longer grows hair.