How long does laser hair removal last?
Laser hair removal permanently reduces hair growth so that you can stop shaving or waxing altogether – it is a virtually permanent treatment.
In-Salon laser hair removal is the only treatment that comes close to permanent long-lasting hair reduction because it attacks the hair deep in the follicle destroying the hair. To understand why we say it is ‘virtually permanent’ you need to understand how the treatment works.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Hair grows in a growth cycle of three stages; anagen (growth) , catagen (transitional) and telogen (resting), the new, advanced Venus Velocity Laser machine that we use at spa810 targets the hair follicle in the anagen phase, which is when the hair responds best to the treatment. About 30% of hair is in this phase at any given time, which is why you need multiple treatments to see results.
The Venus Velocity laser machine works by delivering energy to the hair follicle, where it’s absorbed by the hair pigment. This destroys the follicle so that the hair cannot grow anymore, resulting in permanent hair reduction, however, some very fine hair can remain along with hair with very little pigmentation (including very blonde, grey and red hair).
What to expect
Multiple sessions are needed for permanent hair reduction because hair grows in different stages – it must be in the anagen (growth) stage for laser hair removal to work. Each session will kill the hair in its growth phase and so you will notice a marked reduction in your regrowth. The Venus Velocity machine works fast and can cover large areas at a time. Your treatment time will, therefore, vary depending on the size of the area you are having treated. The Venus Velocity also includes a Cooling Tip which dramatically improves the comfort of the treatment – and unlike many machines, it can treat all skin tones including dark skin! Treated areas include the bikini line, upper lip and face, back, legs, underarms, shoulders etc.
Laser hair removal has come a long way in the last ten years. Machines have developed to be much faster and more effective so they are more comfortable and can treat more skin types. For this reason, it is important to ensure you are being treated with a new machine for the most comfortable and effective treatment.
How many laser sessions do you need for permanent hair removal?
As hair grows in three stages and the laser only targets hair in the growth phase, you can’t have just one session and expect full hair removal. The exact number of laser treatments varies as everyone is different. Most people need between 6-8 sessions, spaced out every 6 weeks, so the full treatment can take up to 9 months.
Does it really last forever?
Occasional maintenance sessions can be required to help ensure the hair follicles don’t regenerate. In addition, Hormonal changes, such as those experienced in pregnancy and during the menopause can bring on new hair growth so you may need a few more maintenance sessions.