How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Do I Need?

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Laser Hair Removal treatments are renowned as the superior method of eliminating unwanted hair. Say goodbye to shaving, waxing, and other painful hair removal method for 24/7 smoothness and a simplified beauty routine– leaving nothing between you and basking in warm sunshine.

If you’re ready to unfriend ingrown hairs, razor burn, and future hair growth, you should understand the factors that can affect the amount of laser treatments you need and how to ensure you achieve the results you’re hoping for.

Different treatment areas

The number of laser hair removal treatments you will require depends on the size and density of your unwanted hair, as well as how much time has passed since your last treatment. The average person needs 5-8 treatments to obtain desired results in reduction of hair growth.

This is determined by the individual’s skin type, hair color, and coarseness. Although some patients may receive optimal results in a smaller amount of treatment sessions, undergoing further laser hair treatments ensures full coverage and increases the chances of permanent hair removal.

Arms, legs, bikini, and underarms

These areas tend to grow thicker and coarse hair, which may result in additional treatments. The standard is typically a minimum of six treatments in these areas of darker hair to achieve optimal results.

Facial hair

Above the lip and other areas on the face, where hair growth is thinner for women, may achieve optimal results in as little as three treatments.

Men commonly grow thicker facial hair, resulting in a minimum of six treatments.

How often can I get laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal sessions are generally done 4 weeks apart to target unwanted body hair at their most vulnerable state.

Laser hair removal treatments heat the hair follicles to disrupt growth and destroys the hair follicle. This is done in the anagen phase when the hair is still growing. During this growth phase, the hair follicles are more receptive to the laser light energy as it is attracted to the hair pigment.

How long does it take for hair to shed?

As laser hair removal treatments work to target the hair follicles, there is a shedding phase where hair in the treatment area sheds, leaving you with a smoother skin. This occurs within a week of treatment, as the dead hair is pushed out of the follicle.

You can expect this to continue for about two weeks after every treatment.

What results can I expect?

Laser hair removal treatments are a highly effective method of removing unwanted hair. After a proper series of treatments, you can expect hair growth to be very fine– if there is any. Typically, hair removal is permanent.  However, with body and hormone changes, some hair growth may occur and require occasional maintenance treatments for optimal results.

At Vitality Women’s Healthcare, laser hair removal treatments are done with the Sandro Dual laser system, capable of delivering long-lasting results.

Factors that can affect your results

The effects of laser hair removal treatments can be skewed by improper aftercare and preparation, even if you complete the recommended number of treatments needed.

These are the most important things that you’ll want to do in preparation for laser hair removal:

  • Wash and clean the area. Do not use creams, lotions, or perfumes on the treatment areas.
  • Remove any topical products prior to your treatment to avoid potential irritation.
  • Shave the treatment area approximately 3 days prior to arrival, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Avoid tanning beds, spray tans, and sun exposure to the area for two weeks before treatment.
  • Refrain from exercise for at least 24 hours post-treatment.
  • Keep your appointments and follow through with all sessions for the best results.

Additional treatments may be recommended to bring you to your desired outcome. Your provider will discuss with you an individualized treatment plan that takes into consideration a variety of factors.

  • Skin color and skin tone
  • Medical history
  • Hair texture

Call us now on (940) 286-4344 to schedule an appointment!

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