How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Will I Need?
Article by Alex CarsonHow Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Will I Need? - Health - Skin Care
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The answer to the question: "How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?" is: Although the number of treatments can vary for each person -- on average, everyone requires 3 - 6 treatments for best results. This is the typical range, because although all the treated hair is disabled temporarily during the treatments, not every hair follicle is removed. Therefore, a series of treatments are essential for results to become obvious. In general, the majority of people don't require beyond six treatments, with the exception of those with hormonal imbalances, or people who wax or pluck excessively. These cases may need more sessions.
In certain areas, (such as legs), more rapid results will result. Within 3 treatments, 50% of hair will be permanently eliminated. Within 6 treatments 90%, (or more), of hair should be gone. Similar results can be expected for underarms, bikini line, forearms, and the chest and facial area. Men's backs are typically more difficult, and so some extra treatments may be necessary.
Keep in mind results can vary depending on the person, so your particular hair removal treatment may be easier or more challenging than others.
For best results, experts suggest you go in for yearly maintenance treatments (for at least 2 years).
However, to get a more accurate estimate of the number of treatments you'll need for your particular case, it is best to ask your service provider for a consultation. The vast majority of clinics offer their consultations for free -- so if you find one that doesn't, move on to another provider.
Some services offer a "hair-free" guarantee, which includes free additional treatments if hair grows back within a certain period of time (some go up to three years). Be sure to ask your service provider (in Washington DC or wherever you are located) about their particular guarantee, before agreeing to, and paying for, any treatments.
The number of sessions you'll require will depend greatly upon the expertise of your technician, combined with the efficiency of the laser treatment. A professional, experienced technician will know the best type of laser to use for your particular type and color of hair and skin. Make certain to ascertain the number of years of experience your technician or physician has with removing hair with lasers. Call around or go online to compare the degree of experience different services offer. Go with the one that at least has a physician on call for consultation, if not actually on site.