How Often Can You Do Laser Hair Removal?

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To achieve smooth and hairless skin we turn to razors, waxing and everything in between. While it is convenient to shave at home, you only get to enjoy your fuzz-free feeling for a few days, at best. Waxing also has its downsides. Not only do you have to grow out your hair beforehand, but you also have to contend with ingrown hairs post-waxing.

Now, imagine a magical solution that eliminates all the unwanted hair on your body – permanently. This device would easily make it every beauty-conscious woman’s bucket list. If you are looking for a permanent resolution to your unwanted hair problem, laser hair removal is your best bet. While the process does not actually involve magic, the effects are nothing less than truly magical.

Understanding Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a process that involves using a cosmetic laser that fires a focused beam of intense light directly at the pigment contained within individual hair follicles. As it passes through the skin, the laser light transforms into heat that is absorbed by the melanin pigment in the follicles. This heat damages the follicle and thereby, impedes its growth. By killing these follicles right at their root, laser treatments prevent any further growth of unwanted hair.

In order for the follicles to be permanently removed versus just damaged, it is important to reach a temperature of at least 70 degrees. In case of methods like IPL and Diode treatments, the temperature achieved is lower which results in damaged hair follicles, and growth that is simply finer and lighter – but still there. On the other hand, laser hair removals work much better at permanently removing unwanted hair.

How Many Treatments May Be Required?

The number of treatments required depends on a few factors such as age, genetics, medical issues, prescribed medication being taken, and hormonal factors.

Your hair grows in cycles of three phases, namely, Anagen (growth), Catagen (shriveling), and Telogen (resting) phases. For most people, renewal of growth is experienced every 4-6 weeks. Laser hair removal procedures are effective only during the Anagen or growth phase. At any given point in time, approximately 75% of the hairs on your body are in the Anagen phase. So, the first session of laser hair removal targets these receptive hairs. Future sessions are designed to mainly treat hair follicles that were not in Anagen phase at the time of the first session.

How Effective Are Laser Hair Removal Treatments?

Experienced estheticians in Rockaway Park use high quality lasers, such as the Venus Velocity Laser, under specific operational limits to get maximum efficacy. There are two primary factors that affect the efficacy of laser hair removal treatments, namely, the color of your hair, and the color of your skin. Since the laser beams are attracted to melanin pigment, thicker and darker-colored hair offer the best results. When it comes the skin color, lighter skin presents the best results, while darker skin might require additional sessions.

How Often Should You Schedule Hair Removal Sessions?

Hair follicles are only targeted during their Anagen phase or active growth phase which lasts for 2-6 years. At this time the hair is attached properly at the root which makes this the only phase in which successful destruction of the follicle is possible.

Correct spacing of laser hair removal sessions is imperative to ensure maximum efficacy of the process. If you leave a gap that is too long or short between sessions, the treatments are likely to be visibly less effective. Since facial hair grows more quickly as compared to hair on the rest of the body, appointments for the face are scheduled closer together.

For the first few sessions, facial hair removal appointments are spaced out once every 4 weeks, while body hair removal sessions are conducted once every 6 weeks. Once the hair growth is visibly reduced, the remaining sessions are spaced 4-6 weeks apart for facial hair, and 6-8 weeks apart for body hair.

A typical course of treatment for full body and facial hair removal is likely to last for 6-9 months or more so as to ensure that hair in the Anagen phase is targeted at every visit. The frequency with which you should undergo laser hair removal sessions has little to do with whether or not you can do it more often, and more to do with correctly spacing out each session.

What to Expect During a Session

Depending on the type and intensity of the lasers used, there are a few mild side effects that you may have to contend with. Other than the temporary burst of heat at the area being targeted, you might also face slight swelling or reddening of the area, and a mild feeling of sunburn. In order to ensure that cosmetic laser treatments are a good fit for you, your esthetician in Rockaway Park will first conduct a small test patch.

Spa Rockaway’s Stress-Free Laser Hair Removal

At Spa Rockaway in NY, the Venus Velocity Laser Hair Removal process keeps your convenience in mind. These ultra-fast treatments can easily be worked into even the busiest of schedules. Trade off the tedious processes of shaving, plucking, waxing, and epilating, with comfortable, quick, and effective Venus Velocity Laser Hair Removal treatments for smooth fuzz-free skin.