I am considering getting laser hair removal on my hands and feet. But the hair in that area is really thin. Will I get any results?
Is Laser Hair Removal Effective if You Have Really Thin Hair?
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Laser hair removal for thin versus thick hair
Laser hair removal is a specific laser targeting hair using the concept of "photothermolysis" - essentially a wavelength of light specific and targeted to the hair with no collateral damage. Laser hair removal works best when there is a great contrast between skin colour and hair colour - e.g. black hair on white skin responds the best and fastest. That said, we now have lasers that work also on darker skin types where there is less contrast, but it may take more treatments. Especially if you have a darker skin type, ensure your treatment is being performed at a dermatology office to ensure there is minimal risk of burns or other problems.The thickness of the hair doesn't play much of a role in treatment response.
Laser Hair Removal for Thin Hair
How does thin hair respond to Laser Hair Removal?
Lasers remove hair by a process of "photothermolysis" where a specific wavelength of light targets the pigment in the root of the hair. As long as the hair is black, brown or dark blond it will usually work, the darker the hair the better. Thin or thick is of no consequence.
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Thin, light-colored hair does not respond well to IPL or laser hair removal.
The most suitable hair for light-based, permanent hair removal is dark, thick, coarse, and fast-growing. Based on your description of thin hair, your hands and feet may get a suboptimal response.
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