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How Many Treatments for Laser Hair Removal?



On average, expect 4-6 treatments to achieve desired results with laser hair removal.

More Info: How many treatments are needed for laser hair removal depends on a variety of factors including where the hair is located and how well the hair responds to treatment. Candidates with light skin and dark hair generally achieve the best results.

Why Isn’t It a One Shot Deal?

Many people embark on the experience expecting that they will visit the doctor’s office once and walk away permanently hair free. Unfortunately, that is an unrealistic expectation. It can take several visits to achieve desired results as well as occasional maintenance follow up visits to remain hair-free.

There are a variety of factors that determine how many visits are necessary. Including the patient’s hair growth cycle, how well the follicle responds to the treatment, and the condition of the hair follicle.

Statistical Averages for Laser Hair Removal

The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that you can expect a 10-25% reduction in hair growth with each visit.

You may need 4-6 treatments to achieve desired results.

You should return for follow up treatments every 4-8 weeks.

You may need occasional maintenance visits each year.

Dark skin and blonde, gray, or white hair do not respond well to laser hair removal treatments.



“Laser hair removal: Results –” Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2011.

“Laser hair removal |” American Academy of Dermatology. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2011.

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