How many treatments does it take to get rid of hair?
At Laser Here, we published a series of articles to help you navigate the world of Laser Hair Removal.
How many laser hair removal treatments does it take to get rid of hair?
Laser hair removal targets the pigment in the hair follicle with laser light, which damages the follicle and inhibits future hair growth. The number of treatments required to reduce hair growth effectively varies depending on several factors:
- Hair Color and Skin Type: Darker hair responds better to laser hair removal because it has more pigment to absorb the laser energy. Lighter hair (like very blonde or gray)can not be treated.
- Treatment Area: Different areas of the body have different hair growth cycles. For instance, the face might require more treatments than the legs or underarms.
- Hair Density and Growth Cycle: The hairier the area, the more treatments it takes. Age also affects the amount of treatments required. Hair grows in cycles, and laser hair removal is most effective during the growth phase (anagen phase). Not all hairs will be in the same stage at any given time, which is why multiple treatments are required.
- Type of Laser: There are different types of lasers (like Alexandrite, Diode, Nd:YAG, and Ruby), and the effectiveness can vary based on skin and hair type.
- Hormonal Influences: Hormonal changes or conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can affect hair growth. Individuals with such conditions might see quicker hair regrowth and may require more maintenance treatments.
Generally, most people require between 5 to 10 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart to achieve optimal results. After the initial set of treatments, many patients will need occasional maintenance treatments to target hairs that were previously in their dormant phase or to address new hair growth triggered by hormonal or age-related changes.
It’s essential to note that laser hair removal usually reduces hair growth significantly but does not always eliminate it entirely. Many people achieve a 70-90% reduction in hair growth, but results can vary.
Consultation with a dermatologist or a laser hair removal specialist can provide a more accurate estimate based on individual characteristics and needs.