1Will Laser Hair Removal Procedures Provide Permanent Results?
The permanency of a laser hair removal procedure will depend on many different factors. These can include the size, coarseness, and color of the hair being treated. Where the hair is located on the body may also play a role in the type of results a patient receives from this type of procedure. Lighter, finer hair will be dealt with much more efficiently than thicker, darker, coarser hair that may take several treatments. Over time, however, the darker hair will begin to become lighter in color and lose its coarseness making it easier to remove with each additional session. The results of a laser hair removal procedure may last several months and eventually result in the hair being completely eliminated.
2How Many Sessions are Needed Before Results are Noticeable?
The number of sessions needed before results are noticeable will be determined by the characteristics of the hair being targeted. Darker, coarser hairs on the chest, face, or pubic region may require numerous sessions before they begin to grow in much lighter and finer. Hair that is noticeably fine and lighter in color, may begin to respond to the laser procedures almost immediately. It may take several weeks for a lighter colored hair to start to grow back, while it may only take two or three weeks for a darker, coarser hair to reappear. In most cases, noticeable results are apparent within three to four months from when the first procedure was performed.
3Do Laser Hair Removal Procedures Have Side Effects?
Laser hair removal procedures offer the same basic side effects as other laser-based procedures. Redness, skin irritation, warmth, inflammation, and mild tenderness to the touch are common with all laser procedures. Lasers do not break the skin, nor do they pose a risk of infection. The mild discoloration or bruising that often appears after the procedure, may only last two or three days and will not pose any long term discomfort. Most side effects are minimal and will be gone within a day or two of having the procedure. If side effects become severe, they should be immediately reported to the doctor so notes can be placed in the patient's file.