It is a matter of fact that laser hair removal is one of the safest ways of removing hair. It is probably more dangerous to shave, wax or plug than to use a laser. Cuts, ingrown hair and infections are a common reality for many women and men who have their daily battles with their unwanted hair. Laser hair removal will enable you to win that battle, permanently and pain-free.
Laser hair removal involves using a laser to heat the small cavities in the skin, known as follicles, which hair grows out of. The laser light destroys the follicles, which prevents future hair growth in that area.
Hair follows a specific growth cycle with three distinct and concurrent phases: anagen (growing), catagen (regression) and telogen (resting, not growing) phases. Each phase has specific characteristics and all three phases occur simultaneously; one strand of hair may be in the anagen phase, while another is in the telogen phase.
The laser treatments affect only the anagen-active hair growth phase. That is the reason why one needs several treatments, as it cannot be predetermined in which phase the hair is currently, but it is estimated that it is between 15-25% of hair that is in the “right” growth cycle for laser treatments.
15-25% is also the range of hair reduction after each session, and the time frame between sessions should be 4-6 weeks.
This ensures that all hair is exposed to the laser once it reaches the anagen phase. There are however some people who see an even higher hair reduction after each session. Taking this into account the average number of sessions is between 6-10 sessions.