Does Laser Hair Removal Not Work for Everyone? - A Comprehensive Guide

Women with excessive body or facial hair may consider laser hair removal as their preferred hair removal treatment. However, there are several reasons why this may not work for everyone - from hormonal imbalances to poor preparation protocols.

Does Laser Hair Removal Not Work for Everyone? - A Comprehensive Guide

Women with excessive body or facial hair may consider laser hair removal as their preferred hair removal treatment. However, if you have too much hair, it could be a hormonal imbalance that could negate the results of laser hair removal. If hair growth is the result of a hormonal imbalance, laser hair removal may not work at all for excess facial and body hair. As an expert in laser hair removal, I often see clients who have undergone unsuccessful treatments before coming to my office.

There are a number of reasons why a laser hair removal treatment might not be effective for you. Here are 10 of the most common reasons why laser hair removal might not work.

1.The laser won't see gray, blond, or red hair.

If you were treating your chin, for example, and your chin had some gray hair and some black hair, the black hair should have been successfully treated, but the gray hair will remain. If the treatment site only had dark, colored hair, then you should have seen a result.

2.The thicker the hair, the better.

If the hair in the treatment area is OK, it won't heal well, if at all. I see a lot of clients who said that when they started their laser treatment the hair was fine, but now all the hair remains and now it's clear.

The treatment site must be shaved, so if you shave fine hair, the texture of that hair will change.

3.Leave fine hairs as they are.

If the hair is very fine, you should leave it that way. Don't shave it and don't do laser hair removal on that hair.

4.Too much skin color.

There is a limit to the amount of skin color I will treat, simply because I will NEVER risk damaging the skin and even if a client with a lot of color gets any improvement, it will be very slow and expensive because they will need a lot more treatments than the average person.

5.Unqualified technicians.

In Canada, the laser hair removal industry is not regulated. If you receive laser hair removal treatment with an unqualified technician, the results may not be good.

6.Poorly performed treatments.

Often inexperienced technicians will treat you “poorly”. They'll set the laser at very low energy levels to prevent you from getting burned but you won't get a good result either.

7.Hair removal methods other than shaving.

When performing laser hair removal, the only way to remove hair, at the treatment site, is to shave.

You cannot remove hair from the follicle. While doing laser hair removal, if you epilate with tweezers, wax or thread in the treatment area, you won't get the best results.

8.Not covering every inch of treatment site.

When performing your laser treatment sessions it's essential that your technician covers every inch of your treatment site with meticulous attention to detail.

9.Hormonal imbalances.

Some predictors of excess body or facial due to hormonal imbalance include sudden growth in body or facial hairs; obesity or acne problems; or a family history of hirsutism (excess body or facial hairs). If you think excess body or facial hairs could be related to a hormonal imbalance consider getting a medical evaluation before undergoing any type of laser treatment.

10. Poor preparation protocol.

For best results it's essential that patients follow an appropriate preparation protocol before undergoing any type of laser treatment - this includes ensuring that pigmentation in follicles is dark enough relative to skin so that lasers can locate them and burn them.

Laser technology has made several advances in recent years so there are still some clinics and medical spas that are not equipped with latest devices on market - this can also affect outcomes from treatments. The hard truth most clinics and medical spas don't tell patients is that some people simply aren't good candidates for laser treatments - no matter how advanced technology may be.