How Often Should Laser Hair Removal Be Done?

Unwanted face and body hair can be downright aggravating to remove. Shaving, tweezing and waxing is a time-consuming routine that must often be performed daily to keep up with hair growth. For those who are tired of the upkeep, laser hair removal can be the solution to your hair woes.

How Often Do You Need Laser Hair Removal Treatments?

Hair grows in cycles, meaning you never see all of your face or body hair at once. So to effectively remove this hair permanently, follicles need to be in an active growing cycle.

During the procedure, a laser targets the melanin in each follicle. Melanin is a pigment that gives hair its color and is not present unless hair is growing. This is why several laser hair removal sessions are needed to remove all of your hair in a specific area. It is also why laser hair removal does not always work on people with white, light red, blonde or grey hair.

Generally speaking, most people need between six to eight treatment sessions to ensure that all of the hair in each cycle is removed. Laser hair removal sessions are usually spaced out with a minimum of eight weeks apart to allow hair to enter a new cycle so that all follicles are targeted.

However, the speed of hair growth differs from person to person and can vary based on the location of the hair. For example, facial hair tends to grow faster than leg hair and may need to be treated every four weeks. Leg hair can grow much more slowly and may be done at 12-week intervals.

After Laser Hair Removal Sessions

After your first laser treatment session, there is a period of hair shedding. For about three weeks after a treatment, you may notice what looks like growing hair, but it is actually the treated hair falling out, or shedding.

You can help speed up this process by using a loofah, a mild sugar scrub, or a washcloth when you shower or bathe to exfoliate the area and help remove the hair more quickly. If you still have hair in the treated area after about three to four weeks, it was most likely not in the growing phase during your last laser treatment. This is a rare occurrence but does happen, so be sure to let your laser treatment specialist know at your next session.

After your hair has shed, you will notice that the area will be smooth and hair-free for several weeks. Once the hair starts to grow in again, it’s time for your next treatment.

Did you know that Sheen Vein Institute offers laser hair removal in St. Louis? Contact us today to learn more about this service and schedule your appointment today!

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