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Why Does Laser Hair Removal Take So Long?

BodyLase laser hair removal

When it comes to unwanted hair, there are many different options out there from which to choose. Laser hair removal is among the top choices for significant hair reduction. After only a few treatments, your skin is left smooth, fresh and hair free. Never having to worry about shaving or waxing again! One question most people ask after first learning about laser hair removal is, “How long does it take?” First, it is essential to understand exactly how the laser works in removing hair.

Understanding the Laser

Laser hair removal has been a preferred hair removal treatment since 1997 and has become increasingly popular in the past few years. It is a safe and effective alternative hair removal choice and is permanent.
The specific lasers used in hair removal emit a beam of light at a wavelength that targets the melanin explicitly in the hair. The laser beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin residing within the follicle.

In the past, only candidates with fair skin and dark hair could be treated. Now, with advanced laser technology, your provider at BodyLase can successfully and safely handle any skin tone, as long as the hair is dark in color. Once treated, the laser damages the follicle to an extent beyond repair, and hair no longer grows in that spot.

Why Laser Hair Removal Takes So Long

While the laser is thorough, laser hair removal solely works on hair that’s actively growing. At any given time, a percentage of the hair on the body is in the “resting phase.” The laser will not effectively remove those hairs, which is the reason why multiple treatments, spaced 4-8 weeks apart, are necessary to remove all hair from the targeted area during each “active” growth phase.

Some areas of the body respond to treatment better than others, so the number of procedures might vary. It’s vital to keep in mind, that while you might notice some results after one treatment, it won’t be effective in removing all the hair from the treated area. The recommended 6-8 treatments are required to see significant hair reduction to any given area. Some hairs will grow back over time. Most patients require maintenance 1-3 times a year after the initial series, but only for a touch up on a few hairs that may be more stubborn and grow back over time. Due to this, BodyLase exclusively offers a maintenance program to all clients who receive 6 treatments to one area!

How Many Sessions Will You Need?

It depends on which area is to be treated. Gender plays a role. The thickness of the hair determines how long the treatment will take. Certain areas of the body require more extended procedures than others. Generally speaking, you can expect anywhere from 3 to 6 sessions to make one area completely smooth.

For more information on laser hair removal or a consultation, contact BodyLase at 919-954-2288 (Raleigh) or 919-851-8989 (Cary).