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How Many Sessions for Laser Hair Removal Do I Need?

September 12, 2022 | By:Tiam

Laser hair removal allows people to finally get rid of unwanted body and facial hair without having to worry about shaving every other day or using painful, ineffective treatments like waxing. 

Laser hair removal is becoming the most common treatment for removing unwanted body and facial hair for both men and women.

It’s one of the most popular non-surgical procedures performed in the United States, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 

With the high safety and efficacy rating of laser hair removal, it’s no wonder it’s in such high demand.

Laser hair removal works by emitting a highly concentrated light beam from a medical-grade device into the hair follicle. The pigment in the hair follicle then absorbs the light, and the follicle is destroyed – goodbye, stubborn hair!

Laser hair removal is safe, and the results are immediate, long-lasting, and you don’t end up with unsightly razor burn or bumps, which can sometimes be worse than the actual hair you wanted to remove in the first place.

While the procedure is highly effective, the treatment’s amount of time and effectiveness will vary from person to person based on a couple of different factors.

Read more to find out how many sessions of laser hair removal you need and what you should expect from your treatment process.

What determines how many sessions of laser hair removal I will need?

Most people can expect to receive between 6-10  sessions of laser hair removal before seeing permanent results. 

We offer a free consultation for laser hair removal treatment to determine if you are suitable for the treatment.

Because everybody  is different, how many sessions for laser hair removal each person needs will also be different.

So, how many sessions do you need for laser hair removal? Here are some of the factors to consider. 

1. How many times you’ve received laser hair removal 

How many times you’ve received laser hair removal before may impact how many sessions you will need now. 

If this is your first time receiving laser hair removal, you can expect to need 6-10 sessions to see total results because your hair follicle is still intact. 

If you’ve received laser hair removal sessions before, you may need less.

2. The specific area being treated

Areas with lighter or thinner hair like the underarms, upper lip, and bikini area see faster results than areas with thicker hair. 

3. The color of hair and skin tone being treated 

Because laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair follicle, the process works best on areas where the skin is light and the hair is dark. However, at our facility we use the most updated technology available, so our machine works on ALL skin types.

How often do I need to return for laser hair removal sessions?

Each laser hair removal session will take place approximately 4-5 weeks apart.

Laser hair removal works best when the hair follicle is actively growing hair, so your treatment specialist will inform you when you should return after the first session is performed. 

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is now known as laser hair reduction. But in some cases, those with thick, dark hair will gradually continue seeing results. 

People with light hair will not see the same results as someone with dark hair. Light hair would generally take about 30 sessions to see results. 

While the laser does destroy the hair follicles and those can never regrow hair, new hair follicles may develop in the future and the amount of time this takes varies from person to person.

For some, laser hair removal lasts for years; for others, they may need to return once a year for a maintenance treatment. 

While the hair may grow back, it will be much thinner and lighter in color than it was before laser hair removal. 

What can I expect from a laser hair removal treatment?

Coming to your first laser hair removal appointment will go much smoother if you already know some information about the process and can bring any questions you have with you. 

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the laser hair removal process

1. What happens during my first laser hair removal appointment?

During your first appointment with us, our treatment experts will provide a free consultation that includes evaluating the area you’d like treatment to determine if you will be a good candidate for laser hair removal. 

During this process, we’ll let you know how many sessions of laser hair removal we believe you will need, what the cost will be, and what you can expect from your treatment.

2. How long will my laser hair removal appointment take?

At Tiam Spa, we only use  highly advanced laser technology. It works super fast, is gentle/safe on all skin types/colors, is aggressive to the hair follicles, and works with aloe vera gel to moisturize and give vitamins to the skin during your session. 

A laser hair removal session ranges from 20-30 minutes. So quick you can do it on your lunch break!

3.  Is laser hair removal painful?

Our laser hair removal machine is painless compared to laser machines used at other medical spas. An amazing feature of our advanced machine  is the cooling setting. While we are performing the treatment, you will feel a cooling sensation which helps reduce any pain or discomfort. 

Any area on the T-zone, such as the upper lip or chin, and the bikini area can be slightly more sensitive than other areas on the body. 

To keep you as comfortable as possible, we do provide an ice pack during your session to slightly numb those areas.

4. Is laser hair removal safe? 

The risk of side effects from laser hair removal is low but does vary from person to person depending on skin type, hair color, the treatment plan prescribed, and how well the individual adheres to pre- and post-treatment care requirements. 

The most common side effects are: 

1.  Skin irritation

Minor discomfort, such as redness and swelling, can occur but usually only lasts for a few hours. 

2.  Pigment changes

Some people see changes in the color of the skin being treated, with darker skin being more at risk of pigment changes. Avoiding sun exposure before and after treatment will reduce this risk.

Laser hair removal is a safe and highly effective procedure that reduces the appearance of unwanted hair through about 6-10 sessions with a licensed professional. 

With minimal side effects and an easy, straightforward process, laser hair removal can be an excellent option. 

To get your treatment from the best laser hair removal in Virginia, call us today to request your free consultation with a hair removal specialist (703) 782-4182. 

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