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Common Laser Hair Removal Questions

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Common Laser Hair Removal Questions

Mark Neumann

Like many patients, you probably have several laser hair removal questions you need answered before you complete the procedure for the first time. We want you to feel confident in your choice to give up shaving in favor of laser hair removal. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the process:

Q: What color does the hair need to be for laser hair removal to be effective?

A: Laser hair removal is most effective with darker hair shades. It doesn’t work well on blonde, strawberry blonde, or gray hair.

Q: How many treatment sessions do I need?

A: Most people achieve desired results in 8 to 10 sessions. It depends on your hair tone, skin tone, and texture of your hair.

Q: Does it hurt?

A: This is one of the top laser hair removal questions because people want results without feeling uncomfortable. This procedure does produce minimal pain but it’s very short-lived. Some patients describe it as a stinging sensation similar to snapping a rubber band against the skin. This sensation occurs each time a section of hair is targeted with the laser. It’s normal for your skin to look red and puffy at the end of each session. However, you shouldn’t experience any discomfort when you go home.

Q: How long does each appointment take?

A: This depends on the amount of hair you want to have removed. We can complete a small area, such as your underarms, in as little as five minutes. A larger area of body hair, such as your back, can take up to 30 minutes.

Q: Is laser hair removal permanent?

A: It’s important to make the distinction that laser treatments reduce unwanted body hair permanently rather than remove it. Many patients return for an annual touch-up once they have complete their initial hair removal sessions. The reason for this is that weight and hormonal fluctuations can cause new hair follicles to develop.

Q: What areas of my body are safe for laser hair removal?

A: Common areas for hair removal include under the armpits, mustache area, legs, arms, bikini area, and back. Laser treatment is safe anywhere except for your temples, upper cheeks, and eyebrows due to the risk of damage to your eyes.

Reserve your laser hair removal consultation by calling (734) 847.4700.