There’s a reason we evolved to have hair follicles all over our bodies, but it is less necessary in the modern age. Unfortunately, traditional unwanted hair removal methods, such as waxing and shaving, are painful and time-consuming. Fortunately, we offer laser treatments to remove unwanted hair without ingrown hairs, razor burn, or irritated skin. Today, our experts at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX are discussing everything you need to know about this treatment, like how quickly it works.
How Quickly Can You Expect To See the Results of Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal treatments remove unwanted body hair permanently in most cases. However, fluctuations in hormone levels and other factors may result in hair growth later in life. So, how will this journey to hair-free skin take you?
Most of the time, it only takes around six months to enjoy the final results of treatment. However, it’s important to note that even though you won’t see your final results immediately, you will save time on shaving as you wait for your initial results to finish improving. You may even see desirable results in as few as two weeks.
When Should I Expect To See the Initial Results of My Treatment?
Some people begin to enjoy the results of treatment just three to five days after the first round of treatment. At this point, the unwanted hairs fall out and the skin is smooth for roughly three to four weeks. If you want semi-permanent results that last for months on end, you’ll need to commit to attending between six and eight treatment sessions.
These sessions should be spaced between four and six weeks apart. Therefore, your hair removal journey may take between 24 and 48 weeks. After your final session, you just need to wait for the final results to become apparent. You may need to come in for annual follow-up treatments once you achieve your ideal results.
When Should I Expect To See the Final Results of My Treatment?
After approximately six treatment sessions, you can expect to enjoy the final results of your treatment. How frequently you should come in for treatment depends on the natural cycle of hair growth each follicle on your body goes through. If your hair completes its cycle every 28 days, you can expect to see the final results of your treatment after six months and the few days it takes your follicles to shed your hair.
What Is the Natural Cycle of Hair Growth?
The natural cycle of hair growth describes the four stages of growth your hair goes through approximately every four to six weeks. The anagen phase of hair growth, also known as the active phase, is critical for the removal of unwanted hair. During the active phase of the hair growth cycle, you can see the hairs being produced by the follicles. They extrude beyond the surface of the skin.
When hair follicles are in the anagen phase, shaving or waxing is required to keep the skin smooth. The anagen phase is so important to your prescribed laser hair removal schedule because the laser only targets the pigments of the follicles that are in the anagen phase. It does not affect any of your other hair follicles. When hair grows several weeks after your appointment, it’s because different follicles are entering the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need To Achieve My Ideal Results?
As we already mentioned, most people need between six and eight treatment sessions to achieve semi-permanent hair-free skin. However, you may need as many as 10 appointments or as few as five. How many sessions you will need depends on the region of the body you’re treating, how dense and thick your hair is and how much testosterone you have.
Which Areas Can Be Targeted for Treatment?
Besides your upper and lower eyelashes, you can target nearly any region of your body. We most commonly perform laser hair removal on the:
- Bikini region
- Brazilian region
- Upper and lower back
- Abdominal region
- Cheeks and jawline
- Upper and lower legs
Is it Safe To Shave Between Sessions?
Yes, shaving between laser treatments is perfectly safe. As soon as you notice new hairs extruding beyond your skin, you are free to shave them so you can enjoy flawlessly smooth skin between appointments. However, you should avoid waxing or tweezing between your treatment sessions. Why is it safe to shave but not wax or tweeze?
It all comes down to the amazing technological breakthroughs that make laser treatments for unwanted body hair possible. You don’t need to have visible hair for the laser to target the pigments in the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. If the shaft of the hair is intact beneath the surface of the skin, the laser can hone in on the pigments of the hair follicles in the anagen phase.
What’s the Secret Behind This Treatment?
Traditional methods for removing unwanted hair only address hair above the skin’s surface. Even waxing and tweezing, which remove the root of the hair, aren’t very effective because the hair follicle is still active and can still produce new hair. Put another way, traditional methods for removing unwanted hair don’t stop the hair growth cycle. Laser hair removal doesn’t work like this.
It uses photo-technology to damage the hair follicle beneath the skin’s surface. The damaged hair follicles can’t continue the hair growth cycle. Approximately three to five days after your session, your hairs are shed and won’t grow back until the hair follicles recover from the damage of the laser treatment.
The Science Behind This Treatment
We use an FDA-approved medical-grade laser to remove unwanted body hair during your sessions. The light energy emitted by the state-of-the-art handheld laser hones in on the melanin in your hair and burns the hair follicles in the anagen phase, resulting in the removal of unwanted hair and the inability to grow new hair for a very long time.
Since the energy is attracted to the pigments of active hair follicles, there is no risk of damaging the surrounding skin tissue. Some people even find that the texture and tone of their skin improve after laser treatments.
How Safe This Treatment Is
Some people feel qualms about receiving laser treatments because they are afraid lasers are dangerous. Luckily, there’s no need to worry about a lack of safety. As we mentioned before, the lasers we use are FDA-approved for safety and can even improve the quality and health of the skin. This hair removal treatment is perfect for most men and women, including those with sensitive skin. Also, the treatment isn’t painful at all. Furthermore, it’s not uncomfortable.
How Should I Prepare for Treatment?
During your initial evaluation, we will give you a list of instructions regarding what you should do to prepare for treatment. Adherence to this is crucial for your success. The most important thing to do before your treatment is to shave 24 to 72 hours before your scheduled appointment time. It is important to shave shortly before your treatment because the shorter the shaft of the hair is, the more light energy can travel to the hair follicle. You should also avoid triggering melanin production in your skin. You should avoid such activities for at least 14 days before your session, such as:
- Over-the-counter tanning products
- Prolonged sun exposure
- Tanning beds
How Should I Care for My Skin After My Laser Session?
If you only take one step to care for your skin after your laser session, make sure it is avoiding prolonged, unnecessary exposure to the sun or anything else that can increase the pigmentation of your skin. If you’re going to go outside, wear sunscreen. Another important step to take is to exfoliate your skin manually with a washcloth approximately 72 hours after your treatment session. You should also moisturize your skin.
What’s So Special About Laser Treatments, Anyways?
The primary benefit of laser treatments for unwanted hair is it provides semi-permanent hair-free skin. However, there are other benefits, including:
Laser Treatments Are Convenient
Another incredible benefit of laser treatments for unwanted hair is that laser treatments are incredibly convenient; you don’t have to wake up early every morning to shave or worry if you will be hair-free when you have a date with your significant other. It’s truly life-changing how much mental energy and time you save when you can wear your favorite bikini or dress without having to worry about shaving beforehand.
Eventually, you’ll learn to stop worrying about unwanted body hair altogether. You can go to events on a whim without worrying if you have the money to buy more of the shaving cream you ran out of yesterday.
Laser Treatments Offer Semi-Permanent Results
Many people opt for waxing when they want to remove unwanted hair. One of the most significant problems with this is you can only receive treatment so often. Between sessions, you need to let your hair grow out and settle for unwanted body hair for several days at a time until your hair has grown long enough for another session. Similarly, to mitigate the risk of skin irritation, people often wait several days before shaving.
They settle for multi-day periods of unwanted body hair. With laser treatments for unwanted body hair, you can shave between sessions safely without affecting the efficacy of the treatment or risking skin irritation.
Laser Treatments Eliminate the Risk of Irritated Skin
Alternative methods for the removal of unwanted hair, such as shaving, tweezing, waxing and Veet almost always result in irritated skin. Veet can trigger dermatological allergies, waxing can burn your skin and lead to extreme redness and shaving often comes with razor burn.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, tweezing regularly leads to ingrown hairs. Furthermore, these methods disrupt your hair growth cycle such that continuous “treatment” is necessary. Eventually, your skin can even scar. With FDA-approved laser treatments, you don’t have to worry about irritated skin or the potential of permanent skin damage.
Laser Treatments Are Safe for Almost Everyone
Yet another incredible benefit of laser treatments for unwanted body hair is nearly every adult is a good candidate. As we’ve already mentioned, both men and women can benefit from unwanted hair elimination or reduction.
Begin Your Journey Towards Hair-Free Skin
There’s no need to settle for an endless cycle of waxing and shaving. You can enjoy silky smooth skin semi-permanently when you receive laser treatments to remove unwanted body hair. If you’re ready to change your life, contact us at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX to book an appointment.