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Are Multiple Laser Hair Removal Treatments Really Necessary?

People who are interested in laser hair removal often wonder why the information they find consistently says they will need to undergo multiple treatments to achieve their desired results. The reason for this is not to try and get more money out of patients. Multiple treatment sessions are required because of the way hair grows and the way laser hair removal treatments work.

The hair-growth cycle occurs in three stages: the anagen stage, the catagen stage, and the telogen stage. The anagen stage is where hair growth occurs and last for around three to five years. The catagen stage is a transitional stage that marks the point when the hair follicles prepare for the telogen stage. During the telogen stage, the hair follicles shed the current hairs they have so that new hairs can grow.

Laser hair removal treatments target hairs that are currently in the anagen stage. That means that any hairs that are in the catagen or telogen stage will not be targeted. This can lead to inconsistent results in the area being treated.

Multiple treatments that are spaced a few weeks apart help to ensure that any hairs that were not in the anagen stage during the previous treatment are given time to enter the anagen stage. This makes it so that they can be targeted and removed.

The exact number of treatments needed to attain your desired results will vary depending on multiple factors, including the size of the area being treated, the color of the hair, the density of the hair, and your skin type. The average number of treatments needed is around three to five.

If you are interested in laser hair removal, please contact Regional Skin and Laser Center to schedule a consultation. We can provide you with the information and assistance you’ll need to know if laser hair removal is right for you.