Laser hair removal is one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed today. Both women and men use laser hair removal as a near-permanent solution to coarse, unwanted hair that other time-consuming and painful hair removal methods don’t effectively treat. While saying goodbye to shaving, waxing and plucking may sound too good to be true, laser hair removal can put an end to your unwanted hair in four to eight treatments.
The Laser Hair Removal Process
All of your hair, whether on your face or body, grows from a root at the bottom of what’s known as a hair follicle. While you have approximately 100,000 hair follicles on your head, you have close to 5 million hair follicles across your body — meaning the chance for a substantial amount of hair growth over the course of your lifetime.
Laser hair removal safely directs thermal energy into your hair follicles, permanently inhibiting additional hair growth. In contrast, waxing and plucking only temporarily target your hair roots, while shaving doesn’t affect them at all.
Timing Your Laser Hair Removal Treatments
You should notice less hair in treated areas within several days to weeks after your initial laser hair removal appointment. Since your hair grows in three different cycles, you will need several laser hair removal treatments to successfully target your hair follicles. The three hair growth cycles include:
- Anagen or active growth cycle
- Catagen or dormant cycle
- Telogen or shedding cycle
Laser hair removal is best performed during the anagen cycle. With multiple appointments, we can be sure that we’ve reached most of your hair follicles during this active period.
While laser hair removal doesn’t mean permanent hair loss, it can significantly reduce hair growth over time. Patients can expect a 10 to 25 percent reduction in their hair after the first appointment.
Any hair that does regrow will typically regrow much finer and lighter than before, especially if your hair was darker to begin with. Maintenance treatments every few months to years are suggested for long-term results.
Your skin color, hair color and thickness, and where on the body laser hair removal is performed can all affect how long your results will last. Our team can discuss expected treatment outcomes with you during an initial consultation.
Removing Unwanted Hair Throughout Your Body
While certain areas may respond better to laser hair removal, it can be performed on nearly any part of your body. Common areas our patients choose to treat include:
- Chin and upper lip
- Bikini line
- Back and chest
Body hair can be embarrassing and affect your confidence in certain clothing and social situations. Laser hair removal provides quick and precise results, allowing you to live hair and embarrassment-free.
Get Laser Hair Removal in Spruce Grove, Alberta
If you’d like to learn more about laser hair removal or schedule a consultation with one of our team members, call our Spruce Grove, Alberta, office at 780-306-7676 or use the form on this page. We have offices in Spruce Grove, St. Albert and Sherwood Park, Alberta, and proudly serve clients in Edmonton and nearby areas.