We have good news if you’re sick of tweezing unwanted body or facial hair or are ready to toss out your razors and cancel your next waxing appointments. Advances in laser technology make removing hair easier and more permanent than ever.
Led by Dr. Manolis Manolakakis, the aesthetic team at SculptMD has helped men and women in the Shrewsbury, New Jersey, area enjoy silky smooth skin with results that can’t be matched with traditional tools, like razors, tweezers, wax, and strings.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, chances are you have questions—like how many sessions you’ll need and whether the process hurts. Keep reading to learn the answers to these and other frequently asked questions about laser hair removal.
Will I need more than one laser hair removal session?
Your hair grows in cycles that include the growth, resting, and shedding phase. Laser hair removal only works during the active growth phase.
Since each hair enters different phases of the cycle on its timetable, you need a few treatments to remove hair from the area you designate. The exact number of treatments you need depends on several factors, including:
- The area of your body to be treated
- How much hair you have to be removed
- The contrast between your skin and hair color
At SculptMD, we create a personalized recommendation for the right number of treatments to give you the smooth, hair-free skin you want.
How long do laser hair removal sessions take?
If you have a small area, like your upper lip treated, your session may only take a minute or two. If you have a larger region, like your back or your legs treated, your treatment could take 30-60 minutes.
Rest easy knowing your SculptMD provider lets you know approximately how long each session should take before you schedule your treatment.
Will my hair grow back after laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal works by “deactivating” your hair follicles. In other words, it stops new hair growth. This means that after your initial course of treatment, you won’t experience much new hair growth.
Keep in mind, however, that certain factors, like changes in hormones, can increase your natural hair production. If this happens to you, know that most patients only require a quick touchup for more permanent results.
Before recommending laser hair removal, your expert provider evaluates your health history and examines your skin and hair to let you know whether laser hair removal will give you the most permanent results possible.
Can I get laser hair removal anywhere on my body?
At SculptMD, your provider works with you to customize a treatment plan for the areas you want to see your unwanted hair disappear from. And the good news is that laser hair removal can safely remove hair from almost anywhere on your body.
This is even true for our patients with sensitive skin since laser treatments target your hair follicles without damaging the sensitive surrounding skin and tissues. Some of the most popular treatment areas include the following:
- Upper lip
You can even have laser hair removal on the sensitive bikini-zone areas!
Is laser hair removal painful?
While early laser hair removal systems didn’t offer comfort, today’s laser systems are designed to keep you out of pain. At SculptMD, most of our patients describe the treatment as relatively painless.
Of course, everything depends on your sensitivity. If you’re especially sensitive, our team can apply a topical anesthetic before treatment to minimize any potential discomfort.
Remember that the sensations you might feel during treatment depend on the treatment area. For example, your upper lip may feel more sensitive than your lower legs.
Most commonly, our patients describe a tickling or tingling sensation. Some describe treatments like a rubber band snapping or the feeling of light pinching.
After treatment, your skin might be a little red or pink. Fortunately, this resolves on its own quickly after your sessions finish.