Is laser hair removal permanent?
With laser hair removal, the procedure targets the hair follicle, damaging it so that it no longer is capable of producing hair. For hair to be completely removed, several sessions will be needed. The exact number of sessions is determined by the coarseness and color of the hair itself. Darker, coarser hair will require more laser treatments than lighter colored, finer hair. Your MedSpa provider can tell you how many treatments will be needed to achieve the results you’re expecting.
Over time, the continued use of the laser will result in permanent hair loss. The damage caused to the follicle destroys its ability to continue to produce hair. In cases where the hair has returned, it's much lighter and finer than it was originally.
How many treatments are needed?
Laser hair removal treatments last approximately 20 minutes to an hour depending on the area to be covered and the type of hair being removed. The rule of thumb is that the finer the hair, the fewer the treatments. Finer, lighter colored hair may only take three or four treatments to achieve permanent hair loss. Darker, thicker hair can take as many as 10 or 12 treatments.
Your MedSpa provider will also take the growth phase of your hair into consideration. Using the laser at the appropriate time in the cycle will help to slow down and eventually stop hair growth. The density and overall depth of the follicle will also determine how many treatments are needed.
What are the benefits of laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal offers several benefits aside from simply eliminating the hair. You no longer have to shave, pluck, or tweeze, and you won't have to deal with razor burn. The use of lasers is minimally invasive, which means no scarring and virtually no risk of infection.
Unlike other types of treatment, you have a brief recovery period with laser procedures. In most cases, you’ll be able to resume your daily activities almost immediately. There's no bruising, and the area won't discolor. The use of lasers allows for precise and exacting treatments. They only go where they're directed and don't affect the surrounding tissues. Before beginning the procedure, your MedSpa provider will identify the area so they know exactly which hairs are targeted as part of the treatment.