How Often Should You Do Laser Hair Removal and Are You Timing It Correctly?

Are you ready to join the group of people who have given up on the ongoing hassle of constantly treating unwanted hair? You’re spending so much time and money on short-lived results, but you don’t have to be. Laser hair removal can offer a lasting solution.

At Eros Beauty and Wellness in San Diego, CA, we can help you understand everything that laser treatment can do for you—and how to get the most from your treatments.

What Happens If You Wait Too Long Between Treatments?

To put it simply—nothing. And that’s the problem!

If you wait too long between treatments, your hair follicles won’t be damaged enough to stop growing hair. You’ll see some initial thinning, but your results will soon fade, and it won’t be long until you’re back to normal hair growth.

Dr. Eros generally recommends five visits for the best results. The treatments can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Treatments can be spaced out between 2 to 4 weeks, depending on your hair type. To understand why it so important to stick to a schedule, you’ll need to understand how laser hair treatment works and how your own hair grows.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Lasers work by sending a beam of light energy directly at the follicles responsible for growing your hair. This light generates heat, and the heat damages the follicle, preventing its ability to regrow hair. Because of the way the laser targets the melanin in your hairs themselves, the energy isn’t targeted at the skin, so you won’t see any damage to the skin.

With each session, the damage done to the follicles will be gradual. At first, you may see some regrowth, but only feebly. As your treatments progress, you’ll notice slower and thinner regrowth in your target area. As you continue your cycle of treatments, the follicles will sustain more damage, and hair growth will become even slower. Some follicles will never grow hair again, while others may still grow thin hair at a much slower rate. This thin regrowth can easily be targeted with a maintenance treatment.

Are You Timing It Correctly?

To know if you’re timing your treatments correctly, you must first understand how your hair grows. Hair grows in cycles during which its activity growing, lying dormant, or in the process of shedding. In the actively growing phase, your hair is producing color and this pigment is what the laser targets.

It’s for this reason that laser treatments are most effective on follicles that are in the active growing stage. As you wait a few weeks between each treatment, more hair will go from dormant or shedding into actively growing, allowing your next treatment to be more effective. However, if you wait too long, those hairs might go back into stages where they cannot be effectively targeted.

Laser Hair Removal at Eros Beauty and Wellness in San Diego, CA

At Eros Beauty and Wellness, Dr. Christine Eros knows the power of laser to get rid of unwanted hair, rejuvenate the skin, combat acne, and even help with lines and wrinkles. As a board-certified family physician, her extensive training helps provide the best cosmetic results through the use of lasers, amongst other treatments.

It’s time to throw out the wax, ditch the bleach, and toss the razors. Contact Eros Beauty and Wellness for more information on laser hair removal in San Diego, CA.