Laser hair removal offers a solution to shaving and waxing woes. However, patients often have many questions and concerns about the procedure, what it can do for them and any potential problems that may arise. Here are four of the most common laser hair removal questions and their answers.
1. How Many Sessions Are Necessary?
Because laser hair removal is only effective when hair is in an active growth stage, multiple sessions are necessary to catch each strand in the appropriate stage of life. Exact number of sessions may vary, but typically, eight to 10 appointments spaced four to six weeks apart can deliver the most effective results.
2. Does Treatment Hurt?
Some patients experience mild discomfort during laser hair removal sessions, with a sensation that’s often likened to a rubber band snap or a light pinprick. However, treatments are relatively painless and any discomfort usually fades within the first couple of hours following your session.
3. Does Laser Hair Removal Work on Ethnic Skin Tones?
Because laser hair removal works when light emitted by the laser is absorbed into the pigment of the hair, it is most effective on patients with dark hair and fair skin. However, a full range of laser strengths have been developed to customize the treatment for patients of all skin tones. Patients with darker skin may require more treatments, but the procedure can still deliver beautiful results.
4. Are Results Really Permanent?
Yes. Laser hair removal disables the hair follicle, meaning it can no longer produce hair. However, unless 100 percent of hair follicles in the target area have been treated, you may still produce limited amounts of fine hair.