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How often do I have to get Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a popular procedure because it’s a safe and virtually painless method for removing unwanted body hair. Highly effective, most patients experience a permanent reduction in hair growth after only a few treatments.

Laser Hair Removal

This procedure is most effective during the growth phase of the hair follicle. Because hair follicles move between resting and growth phases, more than one treatment will usually be required in order to affect all of the follicles in a given area.

The resting follicles will not be affected by the treatment and patients will have to return in order to target the now-active hair follicles.

Patients do not need to wait for hair to grow in before their next session, as follicles will be active long before hair begins to show.

However, it is not recommended to undergo laser hair removal treatments too frequently in the same area.

The frequency of treatments – and often the number of total treatments required – will depend greatly on the area of your body and the growth rate of your hair.

Most patients will find that the face can typically be treated every four weeks, while other parts of the body may require treatment only every six or eight weeks. The average patient will require somewhere between four and six treatments on a given area, but some may experience significantly less hair growth in as few as two sessions.

The treatment may sometimes leave a temporary rash with an appearance similar to sunburn, but this will usually fade within the first 24 hours and will leave no lasting effect. A longer rash may result from treatments which are too close together.

Those seeking to remove hair from many areas of the body will often schedule frequent appointments, rotating through body parts to ensure even and safe treatment coverage.

Laser hair removal can be used on any part of the body for painless, safe, and effective hair removal, but it works best on dark hair and light skin. It is possible to use this treatment with success on other skin and hair types but this combination has been shown to enjoy improved results.

Treatment times can vary widely depending on the size of the treatment area: The legs or back may take up to an hour or more, while the underarms will take only about 20 minutes and the chin or upper lip can be completed in ten minutes or less.

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