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Is Laser Hair Removal Not Working? Here are Some Reasons Why
laser hair removal not working


Jan 17, 2023

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Este Medical Group

However annoying this predicament may be, it’s not always something that you simply have to accept. If you’ve noticed signs that laser hair removal is not working for you, there are certain factors that might be to blame.  

Read on to discover why laser hair removal did not work, and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

How does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Before we get stuck into everything to do with when laser hair removal is not working, it’s a good idea to make sure you understand the process of laser hair removal and how the technology works.

Laser hair removal works by targeting a powerful light (emitted from the laser) into the hair follicle. This light is absorbed by the melanin – also called pigment – in your hair. As the hair absorbs the light it turns into heat and this, in turn, damages the hair follicles that are responsible for producing your hair.

Once the hair follicle has been damaged it will no longer be able to produce hair, or if it can still produce hair, the hair will be much finer and less noticeable. Once your hair has been treated with laser hair removal, hair growth will be -

  • Inhibited
  • Delayed
  • Lessened

As hair grows in stages, hair follicles can only be damaged when they are in the anagen – or growing – phase. This is why you need multiple laser hair removal treatments, as not all hair grows at the same rate, or is in the same stage as other hairs.

Why is Laser Hair Removal Not Working?

It can be a frustrating situation when you’ve invested lots of time, effort, and money in a procedure only to find out it’s just not delivering the results you dreamed of. Maybe you’re fed up of excess facial hair and you’re wondering, why is laser hair removal not working on my chin? Perhaps you’re worried that laser hair removal is not working due to PCOS. Whatever your concern, we’re here to help you understand what’s going on.

Why Does Laser Hair Removal Not Work for Me?

Laser hair removal may not work for a number of reasons. The most common ones are:

  • Your hair growth is due to a hormonal imbalance – although a hormonal imbalance poses an extra set of problems, with thorough treatment, it is still possible to inhibit excess hair growth. If your laser hair removal on face is not working, it could be that a hormonal imbalance is affecting your results. Speak to your GP if you are worried about a hormonal imbalance
  • Your hair pigment and skin tone is too similar in colour and the laser can’t target the hair follicle – laser therapy has advanced quickly over the last few years and while it used to be the case that laser could only be used on people with fair skin and dark hair, it’s now possible to use laser to treat a greater range of skin and hair types. At Este, we’ve successfully treated people with dark skin and dark hair as well as lighter skin and hair types
  • You haven’t followed the proper pre-treatment advice and preparation – if you want great results from your laser hair removal, you’ve got to do the groundwork. Prior to your treatment you will need to shave the area to be treated. Don’t wax or pluck as this will mean you have no hair to be destroyed. The laser needs the hair shaft to travel down to the hair follicle. Get rid of the hair shaft and the laser will have nothing to target – so shave, don’t wax. You’ll also need to steer clear of any tanning (fake or real) and wear an SPF 50 while you’re between treatment sessions
  • Your treatments haven’t been timed correctly – as you now know, hair can only be targeted when it’s in the anagen phase. For this reason, you’ll need multiple treatments spaced out at appropriate times

Can Laser Hair Removal Not Work?

If long-lasting, often permanent hair removal is what you want, then there’s no better option than laser hair removal. If you’ve experienced laser hair removal that hasn’t worked for you, it’s time to come to Este. At Este we offer clinically-proven laser hair removal using FDA-approved technology. At our clinics in the UK, we use -

  • The Soprano Platinum
  • The Soprano Titanium
  • Candela laser machine

The type of laser machine that’s used depends on the area of the body to be treated.

Laser Hair Removal Results

When Will I See Results?

Whether you’re having facial laser hair removal or you’re having laser hair removal for men, we know the most important – and exciting – part of the process is when you start to see results. This, of course, depends on how much hair was targeted whilst in its growth phase, but in general, you should expect to notice hair falling out within 1-3 weeks post laser treatment.

For the best results you will need to have multiple treatments. At Este, we recommend having around 6-8 sessions spaced at regular 4-5 week intervals.

At Este, we’re experts in hair removal and we’ve worked with many men and women to deliver incredible long-lasting laser hair removal results. Just take a look at Josephine’s Before and After pics to see the results you too could achieve when you choose Este for your treatment.

Laser Hair Removal Testimonial at Este

Tackle Unwanted Hair Today

If you’re wasting too much time Googling, ‘why is my laser hair removal not working?’ it’s time to do something about it! Book your free consultation with the experts at Este and discover the best laser hair removal treatments with us. We can’t wait to help you.

Last Updated:

January 17, 2023

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