Permanent Hair Removal: The Facts

Don’t be fooled by claims of permanent laser hair removal or permanent IPL hair removal. The only permanent hair removal system approved by the FDA is electrolysis. Electrolysis uses an electronic current to permanently destroy the hair root at the bottom of the follicle.


Although electrolysis provides permanent body hair removal, it comes at a price. It is painful, especially on very sensitive parts of the body and carries the risks of side effects, including infection from an unsterile needle or scarring from poor technique. Electrolysis is also a very time consuming process since it requires the hairs to be removed one at a time.

Permanent Hair Removal vs Permanent Hair Reduction

Lasers and IPL systems are not permanent hair removal systems but permanent hair reduction systems. They will permanently reduce the number of body hairs but will not permanently remove all hair. According to the FDA, “Permanent hair reduction is defined as the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime, which may include several sessions.”

Preventous offers permanent hair reduction for unwanted hair on the face or on other parts of the body. Using an intense pulsed light system, we disable the cells that are responsible for growing hair. After several treatments there is a permanent reduction in hair re-growth over virtually the entire area treated.

Our permanent hair reduction system is fast—a portion of the face, such as your upper lip, can be done in about 10 minutes—and effective. Done by experienced and qualified technicians, the process is quite comfortable.

If you have questions about permanent hair reduction, or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.

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