Are you ready to join the ranks of people who have given up the ongoing chore of constantly treating unwanted hair? You’re spending all that time and money on short-lived results, but laser hair removal can offer a lasting option. At Spa Noor in Fall River, MA, we can help you understand everything that laser treatments can do for you: and how to get the most from your treatments.
As with just about anything in life, you’ll get the best results from these hair treatments if you stick with your unique, personalized schedule to the very end. In fact, if you choose to skip treatments or wait too long between sessions, you won’t see the hair removal you’re looking for.
What Happens If You Wait Too Long Between Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
In short: nothing. And that’s the problem!
If you want too long between treatments, your hair follicles won’t be damaged enough to stop growing hair. You’ll see an initial thinning, but your results will fade, and it won’t be long before you’re back to normal hair growth.
On the other hand, if you finish your series of treatments and don’t wait too long between them, you can expect to see long-lasting hair reduction, and even up to a permanent change. To understand why it’s important to stick to the schedule, you need to know how laser hair treatments work and how your own hair grows.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Lasers work by sending a beam of light energy at the follicles that are actually growing your hair. This light generates heat, and the heat damages the follicles, compromising their ability to regrow any hair. Because of the way the laser targets the melanin in your hairs themselves, the energy isn’t targeted at the skin, so you don’t see any damage to the epidermis or the lower dermis.
After each session, the follicles take more and more damage. At first, they may be able to grow a bit more hair, but only feebly. You’ll notice slower and thinner growth in your target area, and as you continue your cycle of treatments, the follicles will sustain more damage and hair growth will slow even more. This is one reason it’s important to keep up your full cycle of treatments.
Some follicles will never be able to grow hair again, and others will only be able to grow thinner hair at a point months in the future. This thin growth is easily targeted with a maintenance treatment at that time.
How Hair Grows
Hair grows in cycles during which it’s actively growing, lying dormant, or in the process of shedding. In the active growing cycle, your hair is producing the pigment that gives it its color, and this pigment is what the laser targets.
For this reason, laser treatments are most effective on follicles that are in the active stage. The laser’s energy won’t do as much damage to follicles that are shedding or dormant. As you wait a few weeks between each treatment, more hair will move from dormant or shedding and into the active growing stage, allowing your next treatment to effectively target them.
If you wait too long, however, those hairs might go back into stages where they can’t be effectively targeted, compromising your results.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
For most people, it’s best to wait between four and eight weeks between each treatment, and we generally recommend six treatments for optimal results. We’ll help you decide your personal treatment schedule when you come in for a consultation.
Various factors will go into determining your schedule, including your general rate of hair growth, the area you’re having treated, and your skin and hair color.
Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?
Laser hair treatments offer a convenient and effective alternative to all the messy methods of hair removal that eat up your time and give only short-lived results. The results of laser treatments are long-term, giving you smooth skin for months at a time.
For some, the results can even be permanent, but even if your hair does grow back, it will be lighter and thinner than ever and will only need occasional treatment.
Laser hair removal has been available since the late 1990s, and the technology has only improved since that time. It’s now possible to treat more colors of hair and more skin types effectively, and today’s precision lasers can target hair anywhere on the body, including the legs, bikini area, back, chest, face, and underarms.
How It Compares
Laser hair treatments compare very well against traditional forms of hair removal. In particular, they allow you to avoid all the negatives that come with these options as well as the problem of constant, regular regrowth.
Every other form of hair removal comes with some side effects you really don’t want. Think of the intense pain that comes with waxing and the difficulty of getting every sticky bit off afterward. Plucking is also uncomfortable and irritatingly time-consuming as you work one painful hair at a time.
Shaving is more comfortable, but it still offers a constant risk of nicks and cuts, and razor burn is an issue for both men and women. The more often you have to shave, the greater the risk of irritation to the skin, and if you have hair in a place you’re embarrassed about–like the upper lip–the irritation and razor burn are really no better than the actual hair itself.
The other issue with traditional hair removal is the constant regrowth. With shaving or depilatory creams, the hair starts coming back almost immediately–sometimes by the next day.
But even with removal methods that take out the whole hair and the root, like waxing, hair still comes back in a few weeks, and, worst of all, you have to wait for it to grow long enough to treat again. That means you’re always in a cycle of enjoying smooth skin followed by a time of having to cover your skin to hide the hair while you wait for it to grow.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?
Everyone is different, so results are always unique to you, but most people will see excellent results from laser hair removal. Your hair will grow back thinner and thinner, if it even comes back at all, and you’ll enjoy the results for months longer than with waxing.
Plus, you can have a maintenance treatment whenever you like–you don’t have to wait for hair to regrow to a certain length above the skin.
The darker your hair in relation to your skin color, the faster your treatment will be. However, our laser options allow us to treat you even if you have darker skin or lighter hair. Come talk to us about the best treatment plan for your needs.
Which Areas Can Be Treated and How Often?
Some areas are more common targets than others, and for these areas, we offer packages that are highly effective. However, you can also always seek just a single treatment as needed. Some of the most common areas to treat include:
- Lip and chin
- Bikini area
- Legs and thighs
- Chest and back
The good news is that you never have to wait for your hair to regrow before your next treatment. We’ll ask you not to pluck or wax between sessions, since these methods remove the whole hair and follicle, leaving the laser nothing to target. However, you can always shave as often as you feel you need.
Once you’ve finished your course of treatments, you can look forward to long-term up to permanent results.
What Can I Expect?
Treatments are simple and straightforward. Most people don’t experience pain and don’t need numbing creams or anesthesia. The laser itself comes with a cooling attachment that keeps you comfortable, but if you’re concerned about sensitive skin, let us know.
Your results will ultimately depend on your hair density, the area you’re having treated, your hair growth cycle, and how faithfully you pursue your series of treatments. If you stick with it, however, you’ll soon see ongoing improvements, and you’ll be happy with your smooth and hair-free skin.
Treatment times are quite short, and there’s no recovery time needed. Treating a small area like the upper lip will only take five minutes or so while treating a larger area like the back or both legs can take about an hour. Once you’re finished, you can go right back to your normal routine.
Why Spa Noor?
At Spa Noor Medical Spa & Laser Center, lasers are our area of expertise. We have worked hard to create a relaxing atmosphere where you can still get the state-of-the-art treatments you need, all while respecting your budget and privacy.
We know the power of lasers to get rid of unwanted hair, rejuvenate the skin, deal with acne, tighten sagging skin, and even remove unwanted veins. Our staff and treatments are overseen by board-certified professionals, and we have extensive training in providing the best cosmetic results through the use of lasers and other treatments.
Our Gold-Standard of Care
We not only choose the best possible technology to get you the results you need, but we’re also committed to creating individualized treatment plans that address your unique needs. We have a passion for your safety, and we know how important it is for you to get the natural results you’re looking for.
Not only do we constantly bring in new treatments to ensure we’re offering the latest and best to our clients, but we also test every treatment on ourselves, and only after extensive research to ensure they are both safe and effective. When you get a treatment with us, you can be sure that we know all about it: both theoretically and personally.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Your privacy is just as important as your health, and everything you say to us is always confidential. You may be wondering whether laser hair treatments can deal with sensitive nipple hair, or you might want to know more about how a Brazilian works. You might just want to talk about the frustration of your unwanted hair with people who understand.
No question is too silly or too sensitive for us to answer: every question is important, and we want you to get the answers you need.
Be Hair Free for Good
If you’re sick of unwanted hair and tired of the endless cycle of temporary removal methods, it’s time to consider laser hair treatments. The first step to long-term, hair-free skin is to come in and learn more.
Contact us at Spa Noor in Fall River, MA today. We’ll take you through our portfolio of options and help you find the treatments that best fit your need. We can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve your goals.