If you have unwanted hair on your body, you’ve got many removal options. Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams can all help, but they probably won’t offer you the effective, long-term results you’re looking for. That’s why at North Texas Vein and Vascular in Flower Mound, TX, we offer laser hair removal solutions for your unwanted hair.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Sessions Do You Need?
The number of laser hair removal sessions that you’ll need depends largely on a few factors. The thickness and darkness of your hair will play major roles in how many sessions you’ll need to have to get the results that you’re looking for.
In general, however, most people only need around 7 sessions to get the smooth, hairless skin they want. If you have super thick hair, then you may require more sessions than someone who has finer hair. The area of your body that you’re looking to treat will also influence how many sessions you need.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
If you’re thinking of getting this type of hair removal, then you may be wondering what exactly it is. While there are many different hair removal methods available, few are as effective as this one. Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams can all remove hair, but they can also be painful, uncomfortable, and result in skin irritation.
Going with this hair removal method will offer you long-term results. Instead of having to wax every few weeks or shave every few days, you’ll get to enjoy long-lasting results that require very little maintenance.
How Does It Work?
As the name implies, this method of hair removal involves using a very precise laser to remove unwanted hair. This treatment is FDA-approved, entirely safe, and is extremely effective. When you get laser hair removal, a beam of light is applied directly to the area that requires hair removal. The beam delivers short pulses using color-sensitive lasers. Because they are color-sensitive, the light will be attracted to the pigmentation of your hair.
The light will then be converted into heat, which will damage your hair follicle. The hair won’t appear different right away, but after a few days, the hair will fall out of the damaged follicle. With consistent treatment sessions, the follicle will stop being able to grow new hair.
What Happens During Treatment?
If you’re thinking of getting this type of hair removal treatment, then you’re probably wondering what to expect from the treatment process.
How to Prepare
This treatment is non-invasive and requires very little preparation beforehand. There are, however, a few things you should take care to avoid if you want the treatment to be as effective as possible. This treatment should not be performed on tanned skin, so avoid spending too much time in direct sunlight.
You should also avoid hair removal techniques like waxing and plucking. This is because laser removal targets the root of the hair, and so it will not be effective if the hair is removed beforehand. Also be aware that if you are experiencing any skin irritation, infection, or any other skin condition, you may need to wait until the condition has cleared up before you can receive laser treatment.
What Happens During Treatment
Before you receive your hair removal treatment, our technicians will begin with a consultation. This consultation gives us a chance to discuss the areas where you’d like your hair removed, and help us determine how many sessions you may need, and come up with a treatment plan. It’s also a great chance for you to ask us any questions that you may have.
When the consultation is done, we’ll be able to set you up with your first appointment. During this appointment, we’ll start by thoroughly cleaning the skin. If the area being treated is especially sensitive, then a small amount of numbing cream may be applied. You will also be given protective eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser. Once your skin has been prepared, the laser will be applied. Depending on the size of the area, treatment time can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or so.
What Happens After Treatment?
Because this method of hair removal is non-invasive, there is virtually no recovery time afterward. As soon as treatment is complete, you’ll be able to return to work. There are a few things that you should be aware of if you want to get the best results, though.
The number one thing you need to make sure that you apply sunscreen once the treatment is complete. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun for the next few days, and wearing sunscreen with at least 30 SPF will help protect it. Over the next few days, you will begin to notice the hairs in the treated area falling out.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
One of the best parts about receiving this type of hair removal treatment is that it can be used on almost any part of the body. Some of the most common areas that people receive this are the legs, arms, and armpits.
It can also be used on areas like the neck, chin, upper lip, back, shoulders, and around your bikini line. Essentially, anywhere on your body where there is hair is somewhere where the treatment can be performed.
What Determines How Many Sessions I’ll Need?
While, on average, most people need around 7 sessions spaced a few weeks apart, there is a lot that goes into determining how many sessions that you as an individual will need.
Your Hair Type
One of the main things that goes into how many treatments you’ll need is your hair type. The laser is more easily attracted to dark-colored hair, and so it will be more effective if your hair is darker.
However, if the hair is particularly thick, then you will require more sessions than someone who has very fine hair.
The Targeted Area
Hair types can vary greatly on the same body. For example, the hair on your legs will likely be thicker than the hair on your stomach. Arm hair may require more sessions than fine hair being removed from a woman’s upper lip.
The size of the area will also play a role in how long the session itself will take. Larger areas will require more time, whereas treating a small area can take as little as a few minutes.
The Results You’re Looking For
Of course, one of the main things that will contribute to how many sessions you need is the results that you want to get from your treatment. Many people come in to get hair removal treatments as a way to completely remove hair from a certain area. For these people, you will require more sessions.
However, there are some situations where complete hair removal may not be necessary. For example, men who want to make shaving their faces easier but still want to be able to grow a beard may choose to only thin out the hair on their face. In cases like these, you may only need a few sessions to achieve your goal.
What Are the Benefits?
Getting this type of hair removal treatment can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. You’ll appreciate the following benefits.
It’s Low Maintenance
Some people may consider having to come in for multiple hair removal sessions fairly high maintenance. But have you ever considered how high maintenance other hair removal methods are? Shaving requires you to repeat the process multiple times a week if you want to keep the desired areas hairless. If you’re waxing, you’ll need to go in every few weeks.
Going with laser treatment will require a few sessions for you to get the long-lasting results you want. And you may need to return for yearly maintenance sessions. But once the initial appointments are complete, you’ll enjoy how easy it is to maintain these results.
Avoid Razor Burn and Other Skin Irritations
Shaving is one of the most common ways to remove hair. But if you’ve ever experienced razor burn, then you know exactly how uncomfortable and unpleasant shaving can be. It can also result in cuts and nicks. Waxing can also have its own host of issues, especially if the process isn’t being performed by a professional.
If you go with laser removal, you’ll get to avoid all of this discomfort and unpleasantness.
More “traditional” hair removal methods like shaving can be extremely time-consuming. It may not seem like it at first, especially if you’re shaving a small area of your body. But you’re likely spending at least a few minutes on the process every time you shave. And if you’re shaving every few days to maintain the area, then all of those minutes are going to add up!
Laser removal requires just a few sessions, and then you’ll get to enjoy long-term results. While the sessions themselves can span anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour, the trade-off is certainly worth it.
Feel More Confident
Unwanted hair can feel really embarrassing. If you have excessive on your back, arms, stomach, or around your bikini line, then you may not feel comfortable or confident wearing the clothes you want to wear, or having the experiences that you wish you could.
But with laser removal, you’ll be able to get rid of all that unwanted hair for good. This type of hair removal also doesn’t result in stubble, which can be equally embarrassing. You won’t feel the need to hide while you’re strutting around on the beach, and you’ll feel confident no matter how short your shorts are.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Almost anyone is a good candidate for this method of hair removal. While it is most effective on people with darker hair, all hair types and colors can reap the benefits of this treatment.
Essentially, if you have unwanted hair on your body, or you’re just looking to thin out a certain area, you’re a good candidate.
Get Treatment from a Trusted Professional
If you want to get quality, long-lasting results, then getting your laser treatment from a highly-trained professional is important. At our clinic, our technicians will help come up with a customized treatment plan that will get you the results you want. You can trust our vast amount of experience to ensure that your own experience at our clinic is safe, comfortable, and offers you the effectiveness you’re looking for. Ready to learn more? Get in touch with us at North Texas Vein and Vascular in Flower Mound, TX.