We recommend a minimum course of 6 sessions every 6-8 weeks to have an 80-90% reduction. However, hair growth is hormonal, so results may vary from individual to individual and certain areas may require additional sessions. Laser hair removal generally requires six to eight treatments, but may require up to 10 sessions, depending on the area being treated and its growth cycle. The time between treatments depends on how quickly the hair grows in that area and the hair growth cycle at the time of the consultation.
There are three cycles of hair growth and loss, the anagen phase (growth phase), the catagen phase (transition phase between growth and loss) and the telogen phase (when hair loss leaves room for new hair growth). By performing treatment at different stages of hair growth, we can ensure that new and existing hair follicles are targeted. Laser hair removal works better on some people than others, as everyone regrows their hair at different rates. But the average results you can expect are 70% to 80% reduction in hair growth after four to six full cycles of treatments.
At the mark of all three treatments, at least 50% of your hair will disappear forever. Within six treatments, that number will most often increase to 90% of your permanently removed hair. It will take some laser hair removal treatments to get to the point where those hairs simply stop growing. Anyone over the age of 16 would be suitable for laser hair removal, which works best on dark hair and any type of skin.
Laser hair removal may not respond well in people with light hair, including blonde, red, or gray hair. However, electrolysis sends electrical energy directly to the follicle, while laser extraction involves the use of light energy that is converted into thermal energy. The most common places to undergo laser hair removal treatment for unwanted hair are the legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, and bikini line. There are home hair removal lasers available on the market, and it can be tempting to opt for a device at home rather than undergoing treatments.
Sometimes it itches (very tiny and bearable) when the laser hits the patch where there is thick hair growth or inward growths. Unwanted hair is a common concern for men, trans women, and non-binary people, but thankfully, you can undergo laser hair removal on almost any region of your body, including your armpits, bikini area, legs, back face, and more. Previous generations of laser technology could only effectively treat patients with dark hair and fair skin, so the laser could more easily decipher the pigment inside the hair. If you regrow the hair in the treated area, you will notice that it is much thinner and less visible than the hair before the treatment.
The basic principle of laser hair removal is that the pigment in the hair, but not in the skin, must absorb light energy. During laser hair removal treatments, only hair in the “Active” stage will be treated by the laser. Switching to laser hair removal will not only remove hair more effectively and permanently, but it will also give you clearer, smoother skin with less irritation.