Laser Hair Removal Gone Wrong? Here are 5 Reasons Why it Didn’t Work
Table of Contents
- 0.1 TL:DR Summary
- 0.2 Introduction: The Surprising Reasons Why Laser Hair Removal Didn’t Work
- 0.3 Laser Hair Removal Benefits
- 0.4 Reason 1: Genetics: Why Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Work for Everyone
- 0.5 SHR Hair Removal for Darker and Lighter Skin Tones
- 0.6 Reason 2: Poor Technique – Risks of Inexperienced Providers for Laser Hair Removal
- 0.7 Reason 3: Client Habits – Postcare Instructions Matter for Laser Hair Removal
- 0.8 Reason 4: Laser Type – Choose the Right Device for Your Laser Hair Removal
- 0.9 SHR Diode Lasers Combines Different Laser Wavelengths to Target All Skin Types
- 0.10 Reason 5: Not Persisting Until all Follicles are Targeted by Laser Hair Removal
- 0.11 Conclusion
- 0.12 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- 0.13 Book Now Pay Later
- 0.14 SHR Permanent Hair Removal with Unlimited Shots
- 1 Understanding Laser Hair Removal: Unveiling the 5 Key Reasons Why It Might Not Work in Singapore
- Genetic Factors: Laser hair removal effectiveness varies due to skin tone and hair color genetics.
- Technician Expertise: Inexperienced providers can lead to poor laser hair removal results.
- Client Aftercare: Post-treatment care is crucial for successful laser hair removal outcomes.
- Laser Type Selection: Choosing the correct laser type is key for effective hair removal.
- Treatment Persistence: Multiple sessions are needed to target all hair follicles effectively.
- Hormonal Changes: Hormonal shifts can stimulate new hair growth, affecting laser hair removal success.
Introduction: The Surprising Reasons Why Laser Hair Removal Didn’t Work
As the Founder of Wellaholic, with extensive experience in hair removal (and other aesthetic treatments), I’ve observed that laser hair removal is a sought-after procedure globally, including in Singapore.
It’s a solution many opt for to eliminate unwanted body or facial hair. However, it’s important to acknowledge that sometimes, laser hair removal may not yield the desired results, which can be quite disheartening.
The Secret Sauce of Laser Hair Removal Success
Through my interactions with industry experts and ongoing research, I’ve learned that several factors can influence the effectiveness of laser hair removal.
These include the individual’s hair color and skin type, the type of laser used, and even hormonal influences. Understanding these variables is crucial in determining why a treatment might not have worked as expected.
Laser Hair Removal Benefits
Laser hair removal is an increasingly popular method for removing unwanted facial and body hair in Singapore. Using the latest technology, this procedure is safe and effective in eliminating even stubborn hairs with minimal pain and risk of side effects. Here are some of the key benefits of laser hair removal in Singapore:
More Effective Than Other Forms of Hair Removal.
Compared to temporary hair removal methods like waxing or shaving, laser hair removal is much more effective in eliminating unwanted hair. This results in finer hairs that last much longer before they need to be treated again.
The advanced technology used by local clinics allows these treatments to be tailored to fit different skin types and tones with reduced discomfort compared to older methods like electrolysis.
Tailored to Fit Different Skin Types and Tones.
One of the advantages of laser hair removal is that it can be tailored to fit different skin types and tones. The latest technology, such as SHR (Super Hair Removal) diode lasers, allows for a customized approach to hair removal that is safe and effective for a wide range of skin types and tones.
Minimal Pain and Risk of Side Effects.
Laser hair removal is a safe and effective method for removing unwanted hair with minimal pain and risk of side effects. Unlike other hair removal methods, laser hair removal does not cause cuts, nicks, or skin irritation, which can lead to infection and scarring.
Dr. Amy Derick, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Amy Derick Dermatology in New York City, shares: “Laser hair removal is a great option for people who are tired of shaving, waxing, or using other methods to remove unwanted hair. It is a long-term solution that can reduce hair growth by up to 90%. Laser hair removal is also safe and effective for most skin types.”
Reason 1: Genetics: Why Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Work for Everyone
Laser hair removal treatments promise permanent results for removing unwanted hair, but not everyone experiences positive outcomes. Genetics play an important role in the effectiveness of these treatments. Here are some factors to consider:
Skin Tone and Hair Color.
Genetics can determine how receptive a person’s skin is to laser hair removal treatments. Those with fair skin and dark hair are typically most likely to benefit from the procedure as it allows for greater absorption by melanin found in darker hairs. However, those with lighter or gray colored hairs may not see any long-term results due to their lack of melanin absorption.
Adverse Side Effects for Darker Skin Tones.
Individuals with darker skin tones often experience adverse side effects such as burns or discoloration since lasers target pigment within the skin or follicle. Therefore, it is important to consider skin tone when deciding whether or not to undergo laser hair removal treatments.
Dr. Ava Shamban, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, says that genetics play a significant role in the effectiveness of laser hair removal. She explains that laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin in the hair follicle. Melanin is the pigment that gives hair its color, so the darker the hair, the more melanin it contains. This is why laser hair removal is most effective on people with fair skin and dark hair.
SHR Hair Removal for Darker and Lighter Skin Tones
SHR Hair Removal is a new method of hair removal that has been gaining popularity due to its effectiveness and ease of use. Developed by leading dermatologists, this procedure uses a combination of heat, light, and energy to make the entire process smooth and comfortable. Here are some of the benefits of SHR Hair Removal and how it works:
Suitable for All Skin Tones.
Unlike other hair removal methods, SHR Hair Removal is specifically designed to work on both dark and light skin tones. This means that individuals with different skin tones can benefit from this procedure with long-lasting results of up to 6 months.
Non-Invasive and Comfortable Procedure.
The procedure uses intense pulses of laser energy to target the cells responsible for producing hair, which penetrates the skin’s layers without causing any damage or discomfort. Compared to other methods like waxing, epilating or threading, this procedure offers more precise results in a much shorter time span. The SHR Hair Removal procedure is also non-invasive, comfortable and ensures minimal side effects.
Minimizes Ingrown Hairs and Redness.
Apart from removing hair effectively, SHR Hair Removal also minimizes ingrown hairs while reducing redness and inflammation that is commonly associated with traditional procedures like waxing or threading. This makes it a preferred choice for individuals looking for a painless and more effective hair removal option.
“SHR hair removal is a great option for people of all skin types, including darker skin tones. It is safe and effective, and it is less likely to cause side effects than traditional laser hair removal treatments.” – Dr. Susan Taylor, Dermatologist
Reason 2: Poor Technique – Risks of Inexperienced Providers for Laser Hair Removal
When selecting a provider for laser hair removal, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with inexperienced providers. Here are some of the risks of choosing an unskilled technician:
Over-treatment or Under-treatment of Certain Areas.
In my years of experience in the aesthetics field, I’ve observed that the most prevalent risk in aesthetic procedures stems from the delicate balance between over-treatment and under-treatment. This is particularly true when the practitioner lacks the depth of experience or the nuanced understanding necessary for precise energy application.
Too much energy can lead to adverse effects like skin irritation or even scarring, a consequence that underscores the importance of meticulous technique.
Conversely, insufficient energy application can lead to underwhelming results, often necessitating additional sessions to meet the client’s expectations. My approach has always been to prioritize a deep understanding of each unique case, ensuring that the treatment is not just effective, but also safe and tailored to individual needs.
Complications and Substandard Results.
Poor technique can lead to complications and substandard results, making it essential for those considering laser treatment to do their research carefully. It is important to choose a reputable provider with experienced technicians who can accurately assess the amount of energy required in order to achieve desired results.
In summary, selecting a provider for laser hair removal requires careful consideration to avoid risks associated with inexperienced providers. Poor technique can lead to complications and substandard results, making it important to choose a reputable provider with experienced technicians who can accurately assess the amount of energy required in order to achieve desired results.
Reason 3: Client Habits – Postcare Instructions Matter for Laser Hair Removal
Postcare instructions are essential for successful laser hair removal treatments. Laser hair removal is a common procedure that many clients request during the course of their beauty and wellness journey. Achieving optimal results, however, relies upon following postcare instructions closely.
Many Sessions are Required for Optimal Laser Hair Removal
The importance of postcare habits after laser treated areas cannot be overstated. Clients need to understand that although laser hair removal treatments are designed for long-term outcomes, it may take multiple sessions or touch ups before desired results are achieved.
Post-treatment care comprises a key part of this process, as avoiding sun exposure and other activities such as swimming can help ensure success in the long run. Clients should also avoid using any products that contain harsh chemicals on their skin until they have healed completely from the treatment area.
Dr. Michelle Henry, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin & Aesthetic Dermatology in New York City, says: “Postcare instructions are essential for laser hair removal patients to achieve the best results and minimize any side effects. Following your provider’s instructions carefully will help to keep the treated area clean and hydrated, and protect it from the sun and other irritants. This will help to reduce the risk of complications, such as hyperpigmentation, infection, and scarring.”
Reason 4: Laser Type – Choose the Right Device for Your Laser Hair Removal
It’s crucial to understand that the choice of laser is not just about the device, but about how it interacts with your unique skin and hair type. Laser hair removal, a technique I’ve seen bring confidence and comfort to many, works by targeting hair follicles to reduce unwanted hair, enhancing skin smoothness and uniformity.
Understanding Laser Hair Removal: Diode Vs. ND: YAG Lasers
In the realm of laser hair removal, diode and ND: YAG lasers stand out as the primary choices. Diode lasers operate on a single wavelength, making them generally more effective for lighter skin tones. Their precision, however, comes with a trade-off, as they can sometimes be more uncomfortable due to higher energy levels.
On the other hand, ND: YAG lasers, which use two different wavelengths, are a versatile option, especially for darker skin tones, as they minimize the risk of skin pigmentation issues. My experience has taught me that the key to successful laser hair removal lies in a tailored approach, considering individual skin and hair characteristics to choose the most suitable laser type.
This personalized strategy ensures not only effective results but also a safer, more comfortable experience for the client.
Below shows a tables of the various laser types for hair removal and their various features.
|Fair to olive
|Light to medium
|Fast treatment time and effective on larger areas of the body
|All skin types
|Can be used safely on all skin types including dark skin tones
|All skin types
|Long-lasting results and good for large areas of body
|Fair to medium
|Effective on fine and light hair
|IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
|Fair to dark
|Light to medium
|Can treat a variety of skin and hair types
SHR Diode Lasers Combines Different Laser Wavelengths to Target All Skin Types
SHR or Super Hair Removal technology is a newer technology as compared to IPL. Developed by Alma Lasers, SHR combines 755nm, 808nm and 1064nm laser wavelengths to target all skin types. In addition, simultaneous contact cooling prevents burns and allows for a more comfortable treatment. This is ideal for skin and hair of all types and causes minimal irritation to the skin. Wellaholic’s SHR Prestige plan allows you hair reduction treatments on all body parts.
SHR Diode Lasers: A Versatile and Effective Hair Removal Solution for All Skin Types
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, shares: “SHR Diode Lasers are a great option for laser hair removal because they are effective on all skin types, including tanned skin. The multiple laser wavelengths and in-motion technology help to minimize discomfort and prevent the skin from overheating. SHR Diode Lasers are also safe and effective for long-term hair reduction.”
Reason 5: Not Persisting Until all Follicles are Targeted by Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is effective because it targets the pigment in hair, using heat to disable the follicle at its root. But here’s the catch: hair grows in different cycles, and not all follicles are active at the same time. This means a single session might miss some hairs.
Consistent follow-up treatments are key. They ensure that newly active follicles, which weren’t targeted in previous sessions, are effectively treated. This process requires patience and persistence. Remember, each session brings you closer to your goal. So, stay committed to the process for the best outcomes.
Not all hair follicles are in the active growth phase at the same time.
According to Dr. Soni, Each hair follicle goes through three distinct phases: Anagen (Growth) Phase, Catagen (Transition) Phase, and Telogen (Resting) Phase. Laser hair removal only damages hair follicles that are currently in the active anagen growth phase1. Follicles in the other phases will be missed and will need to be targeted in future treatments as they re-enter anagen.
Another reason is that not all the hair being removed is in the same phase of the growth cycle—some hairs in the later stage of growth are likelier to be permanently removed while those in the earlier phases of growth are likelier to evade the power of the laser. Only multiple treatments can get to all hairs at all phases of follicle growth.
Alright, so we’ve delved into the nitty-gritty of why laser hair removal might not have given you the results you were hoping for. Whether it’s an issue with the laser settings or simply a mismatch between your skin and hair type, there are ways to troubleshoot. Now, let’s get real for a sec.
If you’re in Singapore and you’re struggling with unsuccessful laser hair removal, don’t throw in the towel just yet. It’s crucial to consult with professionals who really know their stuff. Laser technology is evolving, and there are tailored solutions for every skin type and concern. Bottom line? For effective, safe, and worry-free hair removal, get the lowdown from experts and consider all the variables before you go under the laser again.
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Willie Chan, Founder
Willie Chan, a visionary leader and relentless pursuer of excellence, is the Founder and Managing Director of Wellaholic, a renowned aesthetic chain with 8 outlets across Singapore. With a strong belief in evidence-based, effective, and affordable aesthetic treatments, Willie ensures that customers receive the best care possible. His ENTJ Myer-Briggs personality drives him to set clear visions and pursue them without excuses. Willie holds a CIDESCO as well as Beauty Therapy & Salon Management from Brentwood College UK and has studied Operations Management at The Wharton School and Management at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, equipping him with a solid foundation in the business of aesthetics.
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