Laser hair removal is a simple alternative to constant shaving, waxing, and tweezing, and with spring and summer just around the corner, its time to start considering your options. Earlier in the week, we did a brief overview of what laser hair removal does and what it involves, and today we are going to discuss the results in a more in-depth manner.
Laser hair removal targets the dark pigment in hair, disrupting the follicle and preventing further hair growth. But how much hair does it remove? How long does it last?
The percentage of hair removal achieved at each session will vary, depending on the thickness of the hair, how dark it is, and where on the body you are having the treatment. Areas with thicker skin such as the back and the chin will need more treatments to achieve the same results as areas with thinner skin, such as the underarms or around the bikini line.
Even with these variations, there are predictable results you can expect. Each session should see about 10 to 25 percent reduction in hair growth. You will need to come back for a repeat session about every four to eight weeks until you have gotten the hair loss results you are after.
Laser hair removal doesnt just reduce the amount of hair that grows or the speed at which it grows. It will also change the texture of the hair that grows back. The hair that grows after the laser hair removal tends to be finer and lighter than it was before.
After your treatment, you will need to avoid sun exposure and wear a sunscreen to prevent pigmentation. You may also need to visit the esthetician occasionally for touch-ups or maintenance treatments. The treatment is permanent (once a hair follicle is dead from the laser pulse, its dead), but its possible the esthetician might miss a few hairs, which is why you will need the touch-ups.