Does Laser Hair Removal Last Forever?

For people who are tired of the endless shaving, waxing, or plucking required to keep unwanted hair at bay, laser hair removal can be just the answer they’re looking for. But will this procedure let them leave the razor behind for good? At Luminescence Aesthetic Medicine, we offer the latest technology in laser hair removal, and many of our clients love their results. Here are the facts about this popular treatment.

How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?

Knowing that a single laser session won’t stop all hair growth is important. Some hair follicles are always dormant, and the laser only targets the hair that is currently growing. When the other follicles become active, that hair will appear too. Multiple treatments are required to ensure that all the follicles are affected.

To get to that point, however, you will need multiple sessions. For example, the hair on the face is pretty fast-growing, so you’ll need to repeat the procedure every four to six weeks. For armpits and the bikini area, thicker hair means you’ll probably need more treatments to see the results you want, every four to six weeks. If you’re targeting body hair, such as the back or legs, you can expect to go eight weeks between sessions.

After a series of four to 10 treatments, however, the area is usually completely hair-free. That smooth look might be permanent, but you may notice some regrowth over time. The hair that does return will be lighter and finer than before, and you can expect to go months or years until it comes back. For some people, the hair never returns.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

GentleLase, the laser hair removal system we offer at Luminescence, uses a high-energy alexandrite laser. This precise beam of light passes through the skin without causing damage. The energy is focused on the hair follicles, causing them to heat up. This damages the follicles without disrupting the rest of the skin. 

The targeted hair naturally falls out in a little while, and because of the damage to the follicle, it doesn’t grow back for months, years, or possibly ever. 

What Does Laser Hair Removal Look Like?

The GentleLase procedure is done in our office by skilled professionals. Depending on the area you want to treat, it will take from a few minutes to an hour to complete. You should shave prior to the session but do not wax or pluck the area because the laser needs to target hair within the follicles to be effective. You’ll be given goggles to protect your eyes from the intense light of the laser.

Your provider will move the GentleLase wand in a sweeping motion over your skin to apply the laser pulses in an even layer. To make the experience more comfortable, the equipment applies a cooling spray to the skin right before the laser is applied. People describe the sensation of the treatment as a mild snapping sensation. Most people don’t find it painful, but if you are uncomfortable, we can apply a numbing cream. 

After treatment, you may experience some redness and mild swelling. These symptoms should go away within a few days, leaving you with less hair and more freedom from the razor.

Laser Hair Removal in Chandler, AZ

If you’re interested in learning more about laser hair removal or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us at Luminescence Aesthetic Medicine! Our staff of experienced professionals would love to work with you to help you get the look you want. Whether it’s laser hair removal or any of the other science-backed treatments we offer, we’d love to show you what we can do for you.

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