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Will Laser Hair Removal Work for You?

Last updated 7 years ago

Unwanted hair can distress many men and women but luckily laser hair removal is an easy solution.  Here are several factors to consider when trying to decide if permanent hair reduction through laser hair removal is possible for you.

Number of Treatments

Laser hair removal only works on hair that is caught in the growth phase.  This means that there are still hair follicles unaffected by the laser treatment that will break through the skin’s surface in the weeks following laser hair removal.  The more treatments performed, the more likely you are to completely get rid of unwanted hair.  Overall, the number of treatments should be a minimum of six for the best results.  About a 10 to 25 percent permanent reduction in hair growth will be seen in each treatment. 

Hair Color

The color of the unwanted hair is an important determinant of the success of the treatment.  Generally, lighter hair is harder to remove and may require additional topical treatment.  The darker the hair color, the more effective the laser will be. Gray and white hair cannot be removed by laser.  Blonde and red hair with little pigment at the root can also be difficult to remove.

Skin Sensitivity

Laser hair removal may be associated with mild discomfort. This depends on the skin sensitivity of the patient.  The use of acne medication, such as Accutane, may make your skin too sensitive for laser hair removal.  Tanning, through a bottle or sun, is strongly discouraged before and after hair removal treatments.  These practices will not only irritate your skin, but can affect the results.  Laser hair removal is most successful on light-skinned individuals. Light skin absorbs less laser energy than dark skin, so treatments are easier.  Light skin absorbs the light of the lasers easiest. 

For permanent hair reduction, schedule an appointment at Elements Laser Spa today.  Our spa works hard to provide professional and quality care to all of our patients with a wide range of services from skin tightening to laser skin rejuvenation.  Call 888-241-5754 to rid yourself of unwanted hair with laser hair removal!


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