While it requires far less effort than a workout regimen or diet plan, laser hair removal is similar to these efforts in that a well devised schedule can be essential to success. The question is, what does a typical laser hair removal schedule look like?
To answer that question, we have to look beyond the type of laser being used, the area of the body being treated, and the patient’s hair color and skin tone. All of these variables are very important in gauging the time required for a laser hair removal session. But if you’re trying to determine how your complete laser hair removal schedule is going to come together (in other words, the 4-8 separate sessions usually needed to get permanent results), we must first focus on the often overlooked factor of hair growth cycles.
Hair goes through three stages of growth – Anagen (growth), Catagen (remission) and Telogen (rest). During the Anagen stage, hair is actively being supplied with nutrients, causing an abundance of melanin. Since the laser is only effective during this stage, laser hair removal treatments are usually spaced about 4-6 weeks apart to allow follicles that were in Catagen or Telogen to restart the cycle. That means that it could take a number of months to go through a full series of treatments. Of course, your results will be increasingly evident after each treatment, and after three or four, you might feel like you’ve reached your goals. However, because of hair growth cycles, your laser specialist may suggest an additional 2-3 sessions to guarantee that the treated region is left completely hair free.
A treatment stretching out over months can sound like a pretty heavy commitment, but then again, the sessions themselves will rarely take more than a half-hour a piece (with larger treatments like back hair removal clearly requiring more time than underarm or facial hair removal treatments), and spaced out over 6-week intervals, you’ll always have plenty of time to clear space on your calendar for an upcoming session.
There is another very important advantage of professional laser hair removal schedules over one you might create for yourself with an at-home hair removal treatment. Your licensed laser specialist has the training and know-how to keep you on the fast but safe track to great results. This is because he or she can determine how far apart to set your sessions and how close the overall treatment is to conclusion. Typically, a patient with dark hair and light skin can reach their goals in fewer sessions than the national average, while patients with lighter hair or darker skin tones will usually require additional sessions. However, that leaves a lot of middle ground left up to human assessment. That’s where your technician becomes all the more essential, providing not only state-of-the-art treatments, but also a fully customized treatment schedule designed to ensure the most efficient laser hair removal process for your specific needs.
You can’t hit the gym every day for a week and expect the same results you’d get by going three days a week for several months. The same principal of strategic patience applies to making your laser hair removal schedule. By removing the hair in its active growth cycle, you can save money on treatments and experience great, smooth results for years to come. It all starts with a free consultation at a reputable laser hair removal clinic near you. Contact us today to schedule yours!