Why Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Work

A. Have You Had Laser Hair Removal With Little To No Results?

Every day I see clients for laser hair removal consultations who have received unsuccessful laser hair removal treatments before arriving at Medispa Jouvence. Sometimes it is obvious why they did not get results, for example, their hair is gray. In other cases, there is no good reason why they have not been treated well.

There are numerous reasons why laser hair removal treatment may not work for you. Consider the following 10 reasons why laser hair removal may not be effective for you.

1. Hair color at the treatment place

The laser aims at color. The laser does not detect gray, blond or red hair. For example, if you treated your chin and your chin had gray and black hair, the black hair should have been treated successfully, but the gray hair remains. If your treatment site only had dark, dyed hair, you may have seen a result.

2. Nature of the hair

The more italic the hair, the better. If the hair at the treatment site is good, it means it is not being treated well. I see a lot of clients who said when they started laser treatment that the hair was fine, but now all the hair is getting and now it is natural. The treatment site needs to be scraped. Therefore, when thin hair is shaved, the texture of that hair changes. But you must leave your hair thin as it is. If your hair is really thin, consider leaving it on. Do not shave or laser hair removal on this hair.

3. Skin color

The lighter the skin color, the better the results. Remember that the laser is aimed at color and does not distinguish between hair color or skin color. It targets both. If there is color in the skin, the power of the laser is limited. The more color there is on the skin, the more risky the treatment will be.

The reality is that some people are not good candidates for laser hair removal. I have seen many people come for a laser consultation after they have already had a laser. They obtained no results or were burned. There is a limit to the amount of color in the skin that I will treat simply because I will NEVER risk damaging any skin, and even if a client with a lot of color gets a highlight, it will be very slow and very expensive because it needs a lot more treatments than the average person .

If you have had laser treatments, got a lot of color on your skin and have had no results, it is likely that the setting was too low to not burn, but you also did not notice any improvement.

4. Biological factors

There are biological factors that can affect the results of laser hair removal. If you have a hormonal problem / imbalance (for example, PCOS) and the hormones are not stable, you will not get good results. Inheritance can also have an impact on results. I do not recommend laser hair removal to people with untreated hormonal problems.

5. Laser type

If you have had a laser with marginal results or no results, you need to ask yourself, “What type of laser have you been treated with?” and / or “Was it a laser machine?” There are so many different brands of laser hair removal devices and not all are effective. There are laser machines for medical purposes and aesthetic laser machines. And there is a technology called IPL, which is not a laser at all. An effective laser of good quality is a key factor for a successful result and good results.

6. Maintenance of the laser machine?

Has the laser hair removal machine you have been treated with been regularly repaired? This is something that most people who do laser hair removal never think about. I know that most laser hair removal clinic owners DO NOT keep their laser hair removal equipment repaired. And you may be wondering why? It all comes down to cost. Service contracts are very expensive, so most clinics keep that money to themselves, knowing that the client will never know. The problem is that if this laser machine is not recognized by a service technician on a regular basis, the laser may not work properly. If the laser machine has not been checked and calibrated, who knows if the laser is firing correctly. If you are treated with a laser machine that has not undergone maintenance, the laser may fire too high (you will burn) or too low (you will not get good results). This, of course, will affect your results. Anyone who is performing laser hair removal should request proof (an updated laser sticker, paperwork) that the laser is being repaired regularly.

7. Shaving is the only way to remove your hair (in your treatment)

When doing laser hair removal, the only way to remove hair from the treatment area is to shave. You cannot remove the hair from the follicle. During laser hair removal, tweezers, waxing or threading, the treatment site will not obtain the best results. The laser should see a colored hair in the hair follicle. If you remove it (tweezers, wax, thread) the laser will see nothing and the follicle will not be treated, the hair will continue to grow.

8. Qualified and experienced technician

In Canada, the laser hair removal industry is not regulated. If you are treated by an unqualified technician for laser hair removal, your results may not be good. You are often “mistreated” by inexperienced technicians. You are setting the laser to very low energy settings to prevent burns, but you will not get a good result either. To perform laser hair removal well, a laser hair removal technician must have worked on many different skin and hair types. A qualified technician can instantly tell you the amount of skin color, the amount of color in the hair and the thickness of the hair. All three factors determine the energy defined in the laser machine. And it is the configuration of the laser machine that ultimately determines its results or the lack of them.

9. Treatment plan

For best results, consider laser hair removal treatment:

  1. 4 to 6 weeks for all sites on the face. (Upper lip, chin, side burns, jaw, etc.)
  2. 6 to 8 weeks for all parts of the body. This schedule is very important for good results of laser hair removal. If you are undergoing laser treatment, only one follicle in the growth cycle will be treated and deactivated at the time of treatment. So these are just a few of the hairs at the treatment site. It takes 4 to 6 weeks (face) and 6 to 8 weeks (body) for hair that was not in the growth cycle to enter the growth cycle and be ready to be treated the next time.

10. The whole surface area (from your treatment place) must be covered

When performing laser hair removal treatment, the technician needs to be meticulous and cover the entire surface of the treatment site. The attention to detail and the meticulousness of the laser sessions are very important to achieve good results in the end.


B. 8 Reasons Why Laser Hair Treatment May Not Be Working For You

The hard truth that most drug clinics and spas don’t tell their patients is that laser hair treatment is not for everyone. While most patients may experience up to a 90% reduction in hair growth (and even permanent hair removal with regular treatments), there are some factors that prevent a minority of patients from achieving similar results.

1. Hair type and color

The type and color of hair are the most important factors in determining whether laser hair removal will work for a patient or not. This is due to the way the procedure works. During laser hair removal, the laser’s intensive light rays that are directed to the skin are directed to a specific pigmentation. The pigmentation of the hair follicles must be dark enough in relation to the skin for the laser to locate and burn the hair follicles. If the hair follicles are poorly pigmented (white, red or light blond hair), it will be difficult for the laser to target them properly. This also becomes a problem for those with darker skin tones, as the hair and skin can be very similar in color for the laser to be really effective.

The type of hair is also a factor to be considered. Rough and rough hair has more pronounced hair follicles, while thin, straight hair has less pronounced hair follicles. The ideal candidate is a patient with fair skin and dark, rough hair. The further away a patient is from the ideal laser hair removal profile, the more difficult it can be. Although recent advances in laser technology have helped to alleviate some of these pigmentation-related problems, it is still a minor problem today.

2. Hair growth rate or cycle

The first thing that your laser hair remover should explain to you is the life cycle of the hair and exactly why various treatments are needed. Hair goes through three stages of growth:

  1. The growth stage (anagen)
  2. The regression stage (Catagen)
  3. The spill / rest phase (telogen)

Laser hair removal can target only the hair follicles that are in the first phase, the growth phase (source). Various treatments are required to effectively burn any hair follicles that are missing from other treatments as they enter and leave the growth stage.

However, this is not an accurate science that laser hair removers can always locate correctly. Although most people generally have similar rates or hair growth cycles, this can vary from person to person, and other factors can also affect a person’s hair growth rate. They can be the color of the hair, the density of the hair, the roughness of the hair and the surface of the hair. If your laser hair treatments are not optimally distributed in relation to your hair growth cycles, your laser treatments may not affect as many hair follicles as necessary to obtain the best results.

3. Hormonal imbalance

Women with excessive facial or body hair may consider laser hair removal as their hair removal treatment. However, if you have a lot of hair, it can be a hormonal imbalance that can reverse the results of laser hair removal. If your hair growth is due to a hormonal imbalance, laser hair removal may not work on excess facial and body hair. If you believe that the excess hair is related to a hormonal imbalance, make a medical evaluation before laser treatment. Some indicators of excess hair due to hormonal imbalance include sudden hair growth, obesity or acne problems, or a family history of hirsutism.

Some causes of excessive hair growth that the results of laser hair removal can overcome include:

  1. Polycystic ovary syndrome: PCOS is the most common condition associated with excessive hair growth in women. Women with PCOS may also have diabetes, weight loss, irregular menstruation and acne.
  2. Postmenopause: postmenopausal women have less estrogen and more testosterone, which leads to an increase in facial hair.
  3. Family history: Women with a family history of hirsutism are more likely to have excessive hair growth.

4. Improper preparation before treatment

For best results, it is important that the patient follows the appropriate preparation protocol before laser hair removal treatment. Failure to do so will produce less than ideal results or even no change. Some patients also make the mistake of preparing properly before the first treatment and failing to prepare for subsequent treatments.

Here are the most important items to remember before each treatment:

  1. Shaving: Ideally, the area to be treated will have no hair. Shave the entire area 1-2 days before treatment, making sure that there are no strands of hair left. This allows the laser energy to be fully absorbed by the hair follicle.
  2. DO NOT pinch or wax: this is a common patient mistake. Tweezers or waxing 1-2 weeks before the first treatment (and between the next treatments) can affect the progress of laser hair removal.

This is because tweezers or waxing on the body or facial hair will effectively remove the hair follicle. Laser hair removal only works if the hair follicle is intact and properly damaged by the laser. If the hair follicle is not there, it simply grows back (source).

Avoid tanning: for best results, there should be as much contrast as possible between the pigmentation of the hair and that of the skin. This means avoiding all types of tanning, including sunless tanners, for about a month before treatment. And while doing a series of treatments, you should always use sunscreen (SPF 50+) when exposed to the sun.

5. Your part of the body requires different treatments

Different areas of the body respond differently to laser hair removal, which is why each area requires a different level of treatment. It is important that your doctor is aware of these differences, as trying to apply the same level and number of treatments to all areas of the body will produce less than ideal results.

6. Untrained practitioner

While you can assume that every United States with laser hair removal training is equally qualified, this is not always the case. The regulations for training and qualification requirements vary by region and state. While some areas may require more rigorous training and investigation of hair growth patterns, endocrinology and dermatology to qualify as a laser hair remover, other areas have stricter guidelines.

In the past, there have been several complaints from patients who developed skin and hair burns due to insufficiently trained doctors. Some technicians can only know the basic knowledge of laser hair removal technology if it is important to understand the differences between laser devices, different temperatures and uses and more.

7. Drugs that interfer with hair reduction

There are certain medications that can interfere with hair removal with laser treatments (source). These drugs naturally cause hair growth on the face and body:

  1. Danazol
  2. Phenytoin
  3. Minoxidil
  4. Cyclosporine
  5. DHEA
  6. Testosterone
  7. Anabolic steroids
  8. Glucocorticoids

If you are taking any of the medications listed above (or similar medications), ask your doctor about alternative medications before considering laser hair removal.

8. Insufficient laser technology

Laser hair removal technology has been developed several times in recent years. As a result, there are still some clinics and medical professionals that are not equipped with the latest equipment on the market. If you are undergoing laser hair treatment in a facility with inadequate or outdated laser technology, there is a high chance that you will not get the results you expect.

Here are some ways in which the latest laser technology differs from older types and models:

  1. Infrared and Nd: YAG lasers should now be able to partially treat patients with dark skin tones, as longer energy pulses or wavelengths are used, combined with lower laser configurations and more protective skin cooling.
  2. Cooling accessories are essential in the latest laser hair removal devices as they make the treatment safer and more comfortable for all patients. There was an increased risk of skin swelling and burns in the past.
  3. A more recent practice in some medical clinics and spas is the use of a cryogenic spray that is applied to the patient’s skin between discharges from the laser pulses (source).

To be sure that your potential laser treatment professional is equipped with the latest equipment in the industry, ask about the points above or any other practices that he can use for his patients.

9. Why is laser hair treatment not easy?

Laser hair treatment is a relatively new procedure, the treatments of which date back to the early 1990s. Laser technology itself has existed only since 1960; Since then, doctors and researchers have continuously improved and developed the technology for various applications.

There is also the problem that patients expect “one size fits all” treatment, which is simply not the case with laser technology. Each person is unique, with numerous factors that determine their body type, genes and, of course, their hair. Laser hair treatment is a very precise procedure that requires two things: the ability to damage hair follicles beyond the point of additional hair growth and the ability to do so without damaging the outer layer of the skin. When laser hair treatments do not produce perfect results, there are several reasons why this can occur. The most common reason is due to the pigmentation of the skin and hair and the difficulty of the laser in distinguishing the two.

10. Ethos spa: laser hair removal you can trust

Contact us at Ethos Spa today to learn more about laser hair removal services. Begin your journey to hairless skin with doctors you can trust. We have helped countless patients to burn unwanted hair on all parts of the body.

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