Do you ever find yourself wishing there was a better way to get rid of your unwanted hair? At Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY, there is! We proudly offer laser hair removal, a revolutionary hair removal system that will leave you wondering why you spent so many years waxing, shaving, tweezing, and using depilatory creams. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this treatment, including how many sessions you should have.
How Many Sessions of Laser Hair Removal Should You Have?
You will probably need between six and 10 treatment sessions per area of concern if your goal is long-lasting silky smooth skin. On the other hand, if you only want to thin out your hair, you may only need between three and five treatment sessions. We can give you a better idea of how many sessions you should need when you come in for your initial consultation, we evaluate your areas of concern, and talk about your goals.
Why Are Multiple Treatment Sessions Required?
Multiple treatment sessions are required because lasers can only remove unwanted hair that is in the active growth phase. Regardless of the area of concern you have, only some of the hairs in the area are in the active growth phase at any given time. If there is a significant contrast between your skin tone and the color of your hair, the laser will remove all of the actively growing hairs.
Over the course of a couple of days, your burned hair follicles will release the hair that has extruded past the skin, and your skin will be smooth. However, you will need to wait for more hair follicles in the treatment area to enter the active growth phase so the laser can target those hair follicles. This typically takes around four weeks. However, the larger the targeted area is, the more likely you will need to wait over a month.
How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?
You may feel like your treatment results only last for four to six weeks because you will start to see new hairs grow in after your first treatment session. The truth is the new hairs you see growing in after your first session are the result of other hair follicles in your area of concern entering the active growth phase. Once the laser burns the active hair follicles, they are damaged to the extent that they will never grow hair again.
With that being said, the results of this treatment may not be permanent. If you suffer from a hormonal imbalance after your course of treatments is complete, your body may grow new, healthy hair follicles that will grow unwanted hair.
Where Can You Get Laser Hair Removal?
You can get laser hair removal just about anywhere you have unwanted hair. Athletes, like competitive swimmers, tend to use this treatment to get rid of arm, back, and chest hair that decreases their hydrodynamics. Competitive cyclists and runners also use this treatment to remove unwanted leg hair that affects their aerodynamics.
However, this revolutionary treatment isn’t just the perfect solution for professional athletes and weekend warriors who want sleeker, smoother skin. It is also perfect for working women who don’t have time to shave every morning before work and busy men who can’t be bothered to trim their facial hair every few days. Some of the most popular places to get this treatment are the:
- Upper lip
- Chin and jawline
- Upper back
- Lower legs
- Upper legs
- Bikini area
What Areas Can’t Be Targeted for Treatment?
As long as your skin is free from irritation, there are only three areas that cannot be targeted for laser hair removal:
- Upper cheeks
These three areas cannot be treated, even if you have a unibrow, because it is not ideal to have the laser pulsing light so close to your eyes. However, your eyes will remain perfectly safe if you use a laser to remove unwanted hair from your chin, neck, lower cheeks, or chest because we will give you special eye protection prior to the commencement of your session.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
There is a good chance you will be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you are sick and tired of how often you have to shave, wax, chemically remove, or pluck your unwanted hairs away. This treatment is safe for people with all skin tones, types, and textures. However, you need to come in for an initial evaluation to verify that this is the appropriate hair removal technique for you.
To confirm that laser hair removal is appropriate for you, we will discuss your medical history, cosmetic goals, and current health. We will also evaluate your areas of concern to ensure they are free from irritation. If we find this hair removal technique is a good fit for you, we will advise you on how to prepare for your treatment session.
Who Is a Poor Candidate for This Treatment?
Even though this treatment is appropriate for almost everyone, there are some people that don’t qualify. For instance, this treatment will not be considered appropriate for you if you suffer from extreme photosensitivity.
What Preparation Steps Do I Need To Take Prior to My Treatment Session?
There are several things you need to do before your treatment session begins. For instance, you need to go at least two weeks without sunbathing, using a tanning bed, or applying tanning creams. The fairer your skin is, the more effective and efficient this treatment will be. It is also advisable to minimize your time spent outdoors between 10 AM and 4 PM to maximize the efficacy and efficiency of this treatment.
Also, it is very important that your skin is not irritated at the time of your appointment. To reduce your chance of getting a sunburn, you should wear sunscreen every day and reapply it every four hours. Neither glass nor clothing will provide you with adequate sun protection, so don’t take any chances. Other preparation steps you should take include:
- Shaving within 48 hours of your scheduled appointment
- Not waxing or plucking your unwanted hair
- Not using acne medications
- Not taking NSAIDs
- Not taking drugs that increase photosensitivity
How Long Should I Expect My Treatment Session To Take?
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect your treatment session to take between 10 and 35 minutes depending on the size of the area you are targeting. The laser pulsing itself will only take around five to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area. However, before your treatment starts, we need to give you your eye pro, clean the treatment area, ensure it is free from irritation, and calibrate the laser based on your skin tone.
We will let you know how long you should expect your treatment session to last once we have a thorough understanding of your goals and current situation. How long your treatment session will take isn’t just affected by the size of the area or areas you want to remove unwanted hair from. It is also affected by the contrast in color between your skin and hair, how thick your hair is, and other factors.
Can I Treat Several Areas in a Single Session?
Yes, it is possible to target numerous areas for hair removal in a single session. If you are targeting several large areas, your treatment session will take closer to 95 minutes. We will only need to calibrate the laser to your skin tone once, but the laser still takes around half of an hour to treat each large area. For instance, your session will take around one-and-a-half hours if you are targeting your back, legs, and stomach.
Book an Appointment Now
If you are sick and tired of razor burn, razor bumps, or the awful smell of depilatory cream, there is a good chance that you will qualify for laser hair removal. Depending on your goals, you may need anywhere from three to 10 sessions per area of concern to achieve your desired results.
To find out whether this life-changing aesthetic treatment is right for you, book an appointment with us today at Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY. We can’t wait to help you determine whether this revolutionary treatment that can be used just about anywhere is the ideal hair removal solution for you.