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Permanent Hair Removal Defined

Permanent Chest Hair RemovalPermanent hair removal is a common practice these days since people want to look good and they are ready to spend any amount of money, time, and trouble to attain it. The types of hair, the stages of growth of the hair, and permanent hair removal all need to be defined. There are several types of hair vellus or peach fuzz, and terminal among them. Though most assume that permanent hair removal is forever, it really is not. In the hair removal industry, it is one year without needing hair removed and still being as free of hair as the day you were first treated.

Permanent hair removal really not possible?

Although we would all like to remove unwanted hair for the rest of our lives, studies of the hair growth cycle and of the follicle itself have revealed that very permanent hair removal forever is just not possible. Therefore, we all need to settle for as long as is reasonable.

It is the same as when one gets a permanent hairstyle. We all know that it is not going to be the same forever, as the hair will grow and the hairstyle will not affect the untreated new DNA. So even a permanent hairstyle will only last three or four months.

So we need to accept the fact that until we can come up with a new method that will stop the processes within the DNA that control hair growth, that permanent hair removal forever is not going to happen.

Permanent hair removal confusing definitions

For several advertising purposes, as recent as 1990, the FDA has allowed several definitions about what is considered permanent. For example, in one case they allowed one company to claim that their laser treatment was permanent after only a nine week length of time.

Another confusing definition concerned permanent hair reduction, where not all the hairs are intended to be removed (generally, because it covers dense hair growth over a large area). So they have come up with another confusing definition that permanent hair reduction must be the same (all hairs that have been removed do not grow back) over a period of one year after the last treatment. This has to be rigid and the hair growth must be counted at several intervals (for example quarterly) until the one-year period is up.

That is not only confusing, but none of us wants to go about counting individual hairs to make sure none have grown back. Therefore, as you can see there have been many confusing definitions of what is called permanent (whether total hair removal or just a reduction or thinning of the hair) in the hair removal industry.

The best definition

Although the previous standards were very confusing and very undesirable, eventually the FDA did set a more reasonable standard of one year without hair growth in the treated area since the last treatment. More specifically this definition is meant to include the fact that more hair removal treatments have not been necessary during this year and the area has not grown hair since the last treatment.

While some may disagree with this definition of permanent hair removal treatment, all must agree that it is longer than the definition of a permanent hairstyle that we all know will grow out within a matter of months.

While there have been some confusion about the definition of permanent hair removal, we all need to face the fact that humankind is not able to stop hair growth permanently. We can only force the hair to stop growing for anywhere from several months to a year before new permanent hair removal treatment is necessary.

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