I had my first laser hair removal treatment 17 days ago. The hair on my lip is gone; it fell out almost immediately. But the thick hairs on my chin and neck are holding firm. I've called the office back multiple times and they keep saying, just wait a few days. My hair is very thick and black and I have several dozen hairs. When I shave, you can still see the hair under the skin, especially in daylight and under florescent lighting. Would it hurt to wax? The literature advised against it.
If the Hair Hasn't Fallen out 17 Days After Laser, is There Any Chance That It Will?
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Hair Falling Out After Laser Hair Removal
Often a single laser hair removal treatment with shorter pulse durations can result in nearly total epilation of the hair follicles in the treatment area. It is important to know that a majority of these hairs are likely to regrow and this isn’t considered a treatment failure. Generally, about 15% of hairs are permanently removed with each laser treatment. On the other hand, laser hair removal treatments with longer pulse durations may leave behind many hairs which appear to “grow” following treatment. These “growing” hairs are dislodged from the hair follicle and require several weeks to be completely shed. Any method of epilation, including waxing, can be used to hasten their removal.