How Many Treatments Will I Need with Laser Hair Removal?

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How Many Treatments Will I Need with Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a long-lasting procedure that uses concentrated light beams to remove unwanted hair. 

While often touted as a permanent hair removal method, it usually requires multiple treatments for the initial removal and doesn’t result in permanent hair removal. But laser hair removal treatments delay hair growth for long periods of time.

At Missoula Wellness and Med Spa, board-certified physician Lisa Pacheo, DO, offers laser hair removal to help you eliminate unwanted hair and reduce the need for shaving or waxing. 

How does laser hair removal work?

Dr. Pacheo uses high-heat laser beams to heat and damage the hair follicles located just below your skin’s surface. Then these hair follicles stop producing new hair growth. 

Compared to traditional hair removal treatments — like tweezing, waxing, and shaving — laser hair removal offers long-term results.

During the treatment sessions, you wear special eye goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam. If necessary, we may apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to reduce discomfort.

Laser hair removal treatments are safe to use on the following body areas:

  • Back
  • Chest
  • Bikini area
  • Face (but not around your eyes)
  • Underarms
  • Legs
  • Shoulders
  • Neck

Treating small areas, like your upper lip, takes only a few minutes, while larger areas like your legs or back, can take over an hour.

What to expect from laser hair removal treatments

Your hair doesn’t fall out immediately after laser treatment. You should notice it shedding a few days or weeks after treatment. 

Natural hair growth and loss occur in cycles, and laser treatments work best on hair follicles in their new-growth stages. For that reason, you need multiple laser hair removal treatments to target all follicles during their growth stage.

Most of our patients require between two and six hair removal treatments for maximum results. In fast-growing areas, like your upper lip, you may need laser treatments at intervals of four to eight weeks. For slower hair growth areas, like your back, you may wait 12-16 weeks between treatments.

Most people receiving laser hair removal experience hair-free treated areas for several months to a few years. When your hair does regrow, it is typically lighter in color with a finer texture.

Does laser hair removal work for everyone?

When laser hair removal technology was first invented, it worked best for people with darker hair on lighter skin tones because the lasers target the melanin that gives hair its color. The laser devices couldn’t distinguish between the hair follicles and the surrounding dark skin.

Today, laser technology has advanced, and it is now a safe hair removal method for all skin types. 

To learn more about laser hair removal and find out if you’re a candidate for this long-lasting treatment, call our office in Missoula, Montana, or book an appointment online today.