How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Do I Need?

How Many Visits Will You Need & Why

Lasers can do almost anything: from eliminating a tattoo, to reducing cellulite,stretch marks and scars! So, since you want to say goodbye to razors, tweezers or waxing; consider laser hair removal as your go-to option to attain smooth and hairless skin. To have a full panorama of this cosmetic procedure, it is a good idea to know what results you can expect and how many laser hair removal treatments you are going to need.

How does Laser Hair Removal Work?

To really understand how laser hair removal works, let’s review the technology behind it. Lasers eliminate hair by delivering highly concentrated pulses of light into the follicles of unwanted hair. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the laser’s light and heat. This results in a damaged hair follicle, which impedes the hair’s ability to re-grow. While there are several hair removal lasers available in the market, they don’t offer the same experience or results. The LightSheet Diode laser used at VIDA’s MediSpa provides consistent cooling on the top layers of the skin: this ensures a safe and comfortable experience while allowing the laser to penetrate to the base of the hair follicle.Man chest after hair removal

How many times should you get laser hair removal?

We are not going to lie. laser hair removal is a process. How many laser hair removal treatments you need depends on your skin and hair color. After all, the laser attacks the hair’s pigment. For instance, the procedure works better with light skin and dark hair than light skin with grey or blond hair. The darker your unwanted hair, the better the technology works. So, if you are wondering exactly how many laser hair removal sessions for legs, or any other area,  you need, we can’t tell for sure; but you can consider eight to ten sessions per area as a general rule. The safest bet is to ask your cosmetic dermatologist, this way you will have a personalized plan that is suited to your skin’s conditions.

How long to wait between laser hair removal treatments?

A common misconception is that the number of laser hair removal treatments you need only depends on the area you are treating. This is incorrect, the effectiveness of laser hair removal therapy depends on the stage the unwanted hair is in. The hairs in your body have three phases of growth: anagen, the active stage; catagen, a short transitional phase; and telogen, the resting phase. The best phase for laser hair removal is the anagen stage. During this stage, the hair is well placed in the follicle, so the IPL can find it easily. Since each follicle has its individual growth process, how often you should have laser hair removal is not an exact science. The general recommendation is to wait between six to eight weeks between each session. It is important to remember that between your treatments, the only acceptable form of removing hair is shaving. Nevertheless, don’t get discouraged. After three or four sessions, you will see dramatic results and you will hardly need the razor.woman chin before and after hair removal

Take the first step toward attaining freedom from shaving and waxing by contacting VIDA Wellness and Beauty. To schedule your laser hair removal appointment now, contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling 1-619-738-2144 (toll-free).


Dr. De La Fuente

Dr. De La Fuente is our board-certified Dermatologist practicing at VIDA Clinic in Tijuana. He specializes in Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser treatment & Non-invasive procedures, Medical Dermatology and Surgical Dermatology. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Dermatology, Mexican Board of Dermatology, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, American Academy of Dermatology.