Laser Hair Removal Works on Fine Hairs over Time
The 1064 nm laser that you are having done works well in darker-skinned individuals. If there is a target – in this case, dark hair – the same laser may, after a period of time, make these areas with less hair as well. But remember, laser hair removal is a process, and that process needs time. But you seem to be on the right course.
Laser Hair Removal might work for fine hair
To be a great candidate for laser hair removal, the hair being treated must have some density and some color.
With that said, fine hair is sometimes a candidate for laser hair removal, but it depends just how fine it is and just how much color it contains. Your skin type also does matter.
We do not use the Coolglide but use another laser like it that also has a 1064 wavelength. We are able to achieve higher settings for your skin type for the same type of laser light (1064), but without owning that particular laser, we are not sure if the practitioner could go higher on the settings to remove these hairs or not.
If you are happy with the results of the darker coarser hair you have had removed, we would suggest trusting your practitioner. Because many facilities offer laser hair removal consultations for free, you could also get a second opinion about the hair in question. Good luck.
Laser hair removal and fine hairs
Usually light colored hair does not respond well to laser hair removal. If the fine hair you have is dark, then there may be improvement, but as the target of the laser energy is small (fine hair) then the absorption of the energy will be weak and its effectiveness low. If the energy is increased, then there may be more of a risk of complications, such as darkening of the skin, after laser.
Fine or light hairs are tough to treat
The treatment of fine or light colored hairs are usually pretty resistant to laser hair removal because there is not enough pigment in the hairs for the laser energy to be absorbed by and subsequently injure the hair follicle.
I hope I was helpful.
Steven E. Rasmussen, M.D., FAAD
Laser Hair Removal is effective for DARK fine hairs
Most laser hair removal can effectively remove fine hairs if they are brown or black. It does not work well on blond, gray or white hair however. If you are a skin type V you might do better with a laser that is safer for dark skin types, such as the GentleYag Laser. This laser can remove hair safer than many of the other devices in darker skin types.
Laser for fine hair removal
Most lasers target the pigment in the hair follicle. Many of the truly fine hairs lack pigment and these lasers may not be effective at eliminating them.