This is a question that often comes up due to the recommendation to avoid tanning or excessive sun exposure before having laser hair removal. While having a tan does not mean you cannot have laser hair removal, it may mean that you will need to schedule more sessions to achieve the completely smooth look that you are looking for. Having a tan prevents the laser energy from passing deep into the skin to target the hair follicle.
To make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have a laser hair removal treatment, please contact our certified physician assistant for a complete evaluation.
For permanently ridding yourself of unsightly hair from virtually anywhere on your body, including legs, bikini area, underarms, back, chest and face, laser hair removal provides the most popular, dermatologist-approved procedure on the market today.
Though the effects of laser hair removal are permanent, hair growth never truly stops. It is important to possess a basic understanding how hair grows in order to determine the best time for laser hair removal.
Hair Growth Cycles
At any given point, the individual hairs on your body are all in different phases of the hair growth cycle. Laser hair removal is only able to target hair that is in a certain phase. All other hair not in this particular phase is unaffected during your treatment process.
In order for optimal effectiveness with laser hair removal, you must undergo multiple treatment sessions that are strategically spaced in order to target each hair during the right phase of the growth cycle.
Typically, most people require about eight treatment sessions with roughly five to seven weeks between treatments. These times may vary depending on the individual and how rapidly his or her hair grows.
Noticeable results usually occur after the second or third treatment. It will appear as though the hair is growing back, however, it is important to remember that this is new hair that has not yet been treated. Once a hair follicle has undergone laser removal, it is permanently destroyed.
To truly experience lasting results, maintenance treatments are needed whenever new hair growth occurs. Once you have completed a full treatment cycle, touch ups may still be needed every year or even every few years.
Laser hair removal offers a safe and effective means for permanently getting rid of hair, but it takes several months to achieve the best results. For this reason, it is vital that you plan ahead when considering laser hair removal, especially if you are planning a major event, such as a wedding.