I am 22 years old. I underwent 3 treatments of laser hair removal and believe that I have made the biggest mistake of my life. It was after my third treatment that I realized that the results I had in mind were not feasible at all. I have since stopped the treatments and am now trying to determine how much permanent damage was done to myself. My last treatment was in September of 2004. For many months there were lots of spots that were bare, but in the last couple of months I’ve noticed lots of hairs growing in. It seems as though it is filling in almost as thick as how it was before I started treatments. Although none of the hairs are growing in white, some of them are growing in light with hardly any pigment at all. Is this permanent or will the pigment fill in with time? Basically this question is leading into my next one which is the most important to me. Have I damaged the melanocytes in my hair or my in skin?
In response to your multiple questions, I can simply say that lasers do cause damage to the pigment cells both in the skin and in the hair. Hair has an amazing ability to come back, so maybe the changes in color that you noticed, may return after the hair goes through another cycle. There is nothing to do here other than wait it out. Be patient.