Laser hair removal can reduce or eliminate hair permanently if the hair is addressed in all of its growth cycles. Shaving is only effective for a couple of days at most, while depilatory creams such as Nair tend to last around a week. Although waxing lasts longer than both of these options, it only lasts for weeks and then has to be repeated in most cases. Laser hair removal is the only long term solution that really works for hair removal.
Laser hair removal can be done in many different areas. Each person has their own areas of concern. Some of the areas most commonly addressed in laser hair removal include the upper lip (also known as the mustache,) the bikini line, and the legs. Most areas with unwanted hair growth can be treated with laser hair removal, so patients should let their doctor know about any areas of concern.
The laser sends a stream of laser light into the hair follicle, where it will destroy the follicle. This causes the hair pigment to break up into tiny pieces. Those pieces of pigment will move into the bloodstream and will be harmlessly removed from the body. Since the follicle is now destroyed, new hair will not be produced in that spot.
This varies by person. The size of the area and the total amount of hair both play a role in how many sessions are needed. Additionally, every person has a unique regrowth rate that can impact the total sessions needed. In most situations, between 2 and 6 total laser hair removal treatments are required to remove hair for the long term. The sessions are scheduled at least a month apart to make sure that all the regrowth is targeted.
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