If you’re like most people, you probably have some form of unwanted hair on your body, and you likely spend hours of your life shaving, waxing, or plucking to get rid of it. You may end up with unsightly red razor bumps or painful ingrown hairs. You may spend much time and money maintaining your (painful) waxing schedule. Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to deal with that anymore? Laser hair removal is the perfect solution for men or women to eliminate unwanted hair on the legs, back, face, bikini line, or other areas. Virtually anywhere you have hair, you can remove it! What exactly is laser hair removal? How many treatments are needed? Are the results permanent? Keep reading to find out.
What is laser hair removal? How does it work?
Laser hair removal is a popular treatment to remove hair from a desired area. As the name suggests, a laser of highly concentrated light is emitted into the hair follicles during the active growth phase. The pigment in the hair follicles absorbs the light, which damages the follicles and inhibits or delays future growth. Essentially, the light energy laser is converted to heat, which vaporizes the hair, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. Multiple treatments are typically required for long-lasting results.
How many treatments are needed?
The answer to this question varies. Most clients will see about a 10-25% reduction in hair after just the first treatment. On average, about 4-8 treatment sessions will be needed, but this can depend on the individual, the area of hair removal, skin tone, and the colour and thickness of the hair. Hair grows at different rates on different parts of the body. If you want to remove hair from an area where the hair grows quickly, such as the face or underarms, you will need to schedule your appointments closer together, about 4-8 weeks apart.
On the other hand, if you’re targeting an area of slower growth, such as the back, your appointments may be up to 12-16 weeks apart. Other regions may fall somewhere between the two. Generally, more dramatic results will occur sooner on thicker, darker hair. Laser hair removal is very effective if you are patient with the process.
Are the results permanent?
Yes, and no. Laser hair removal effectively delays hair growth for long periods, and many clients remain completely hair-free for months or even years. If some hair does regrow, it is often much less noticeable. Maintenance treatments might be needed to stay completely hair-free after your initial hair removal treatments. The frequency of maintenance treatments will again depend on several factors, such as your aesthetic goals and the area and type of hair for removal.
When administered by a professional, laser hair removal is an easy, safe method for men and women of all skin types looking to remove unwanted hair for good. You can achieve a smooth, silky look without spending hours in the bathroom daily. Still have questions about hair removal or how many treatments you might need? Call today to book a consultation!