Laser hair removal: Does it really work? - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Laser hair removal: Does it really work?

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

You've heard the ads - laser hair removal promising to eliminate embarrassing body hair - but does it really work? Hundreds of you who tried it responded with mixed reactions on our Facebook page.

Laser hair treatments can be effective in reducing hair, but professionals say you're likely going to see some regrowth. There are also conflicting opinions on what kind of lasers work best and on whom.

The swipe of a laser aims to destroy active hair follicles. Rondell Futrell had his beard lasered at Medi Spa West in Henrico, a year ago.

"For issues with ingrown hairs here that were actually painful," said Futrell.

Rondell said now he only shaves every few days. Much of his facial hair doesn't grow back.

"It has helped my self confidence, actually," said Futrell.

Licensed practical nurse Hilary Ashby says at least six initial treatments are needed.

"Your body is constantly making new hair follicles, so you will always have hair growth," said Ashby. "It will just be minimal, compared to what you had when you started."

So don't expect perfection. The FDA only considers the treatment as "laser hair reduction."

Professionals also have contrasting opinions on which lasers work best for different hair and skin combinations. The FDA and the Virginia Board of Medicine don't make any determinations.

Most agree the ideal candidate is fair skinned, with dark hair.

"The laser is attracted to the pigment in your hair," said Ashby.

Some lasers are now being touted as effective for dark skin and hair, but results can vary. Your body, hormones and which laser you choose are all factors.

Consult different professionals to decide which laser may work best for you and be realistic - you may end up with less fuzz, but future touch-ups could be needed.

Copyright 2014 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

    Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

    Friday, September 22 2017 5:16 PM EDT2017-09-22 21:16:26 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:20 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:20:57 GMT
    The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.More >>
    The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Patchy Dense Fog Overnight, Sun and Heat for Sunday

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Patchy Dense Fog Overnight, Sun and Heat for Sunday

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:37:07 GMT

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>
  • Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years later

    Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years later

    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-09-21 23:51:20 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:18 PM EDT2017-09-24 01:18:29 GMT

    A book borrowed nearly 80 years ago during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.

    More >>

    A book borrowed nearly 80 years ago during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.

    More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman hit and killed by van in Richmond

    Woman hit and killed by van in Richmond

    Saturday, September 23 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-09-23 21:31:44 GMT
    A woman has died, after police say she was struck by a van in Richmond. Police say the woman was walking across the 1100 block of Azalea Avenue around 3 p.m. Saturday, when she was struck by a van turning left off Seminary Avenue. The driver of that van stayed on the scene. Police say the woman was already dead when they got to the scene. The driver is not facing charges at this time. The investigation continues, as police work to notify the victim's family.

    More >>

    A woman has died, after police say she was struck by a van in Richmond. Police say the woman was walking across the 1100 block of Azalea Avenue around 3 p.m. Saturday, when she was struck by a van turning left off Seminary Avenue. The driver of that van stayed on the scene. Police say the woman was already dead when they got to the scene. The driver is not facing charges at this time. The investigation continues, as police work to notify the victim's family.

    More >>

  • Lexington Co. Coroner identifies victim in fatal collision

    Lexington Co. Coroner identifies victim in fatal collision

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:57 AM EDT2017-09-23 15:57:02 GMT
    (Source: WIS)(Source: WIS)

    The Lexington County Coroner has identified the victim of a fatal collision that happened Friday night on Crystal Springs Drive. 

    More >>

    The Lexington County Coroner has identified the victim of a fatal collision that happened Friday night on Crystal Springs Drive. 

    More >>
  • Columbia, Richland County pull permits for nightspots

    Columbia, Richland County pull permits for nightspots

    Friday, September 22 2017 9:23 PM EDT2017-09-23 01:23:49 GMT
    (Source: WISTV)(Source: WISTV)

    Columbia Police have revoked the business license for a Vista nightclub linked to the Saturday morning gun battle that left eight people wounded and four suspects in custody.

    More >>

    Columbia Police have revoked the business license for a Vista nightclub linked to the Saturday morning gun battle that left eight people wounded and four suspects in custody.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly