Are you fed up with shaving, waxing, and other inconvenient, time-consuming, and impermanent hair removal methods? Are you curious about what laser hair removal could do for you? At The Refinery Medspa & Wellness in West Melbourne, FL, and Indian Harbour Beach, FL, we offer laser hair removal with the GentleMax Pro, for hair removal that is quick, comfortable, and convenient.
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Take?
The duration of treatments can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the treatment area, and the density and color of the hair. Each treatment session can range from a few minutes to several hours. For smaller areas such as the upper lip or underarms, a session may take only a few minutes, but larger areas like the back or legs may require significantly more time; potentially up to an hour or more.
During a hair removal session, one of our technicians will use the GentleMax Pro handset, passing it over the treatment area. The laser energy will target the hair follicles and impair their ability to produce hair. The duration of each laser pulse and the time needed for the technician to move the device across the treatment area contribute to the overall treatment time.
It’s important to note that treatment is typically performed over multiple sessions, spaced several weeks apart, to target hair in different growth cycles. The total number of sessions needed varies among individuals and depends on factors like hair thickness, color, and the desired outcome. However, on average, most individuals require 6 to 8 sessions to achieve significant and long-lasting hair reduction.
Why Do I Need More Than One Session of Laser Hair Removal?
Multiple sessions are typically required to achieve optimal results. Here’s why:
Hair Growth Cycle
Hair grows in cycles, with individual hairs at different stages of growth at any given time. Laser hair removal is most effective when targeting hair in the active growth phase (anagen). However, not all hair follicles are in this phase simultaneously. Spacing out the treatments over several weeks or months allows for targeting different hair follicles in their active growth phase during each session, ensuring more comprehensive hair reduction.
Hair Thickness and Color
Laser hair removal works best on dark, coarse hair because the laser targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles. Lighter hair colors such as gray, blonde, or red may have less melanin and can be more challenging to treat effectively. Multiple sessions help target newly emerging hairs that may have been too fine or light to be effectively treated in earlier sessions.
Hair Reduction Gradually
Laser hair removal is not an instant hair removal method. It gradually reduces hair growth over time. Each session weakens the hair follicles, resulting in finer and slower regrowth. With each subsequent session, the hair becomes sparser and lighter, leading to long-term hair reduction.
Treatment Area Coverage
Some treatment areas may have a higher density of hair or larger surface area, requiring multiple sessions to ensure complete coverage. Areas like the back, chest, or legs may need more sessions compared to smaller areas like the upper lip or underarms.
The response to treatment can vary among individuals due to factors such as hair type, skin type, hormonal influences, and genetic factors. Multiple sessions allow for adjustments to be made based on individual responses, ensuring the best possible outcome for each person.
What Should I Do Before a Laser Hair Removal Session?
Schedule a consultation with one of our laser hair removal specialists at The Refinery. During the consultation, we will assess your skin and hair type, discuss your medical history, and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. We will also provide specific pre-treatment instructions tailored to your individual needs.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Minimize sun exposure to the treatment area for at least two weeks before your session. Sunburned or tanned skin is more prone to adverse reactions during laser treatment. If you have a tan, the laser may not be able to accurately target the hair follicles, leading to less effective results.
Shave the Treatment Area
On the day of your session or the night before, shave the treatment area thoroughly. This ensures that the laser energy is focused on the hair follicles rather than on the surface hair. Avoid waxing, plucking, or using hair removal creams as these methods remove the hair follicles that the laser targets.
Avoid Certain Skin Products
Avoid using any skincare products that may irritate or sensitize your skin, such as exfoliants, retinoids, or products containing acids, at least one week before the session. These products can make your skin more sensitive and increase the risk of side effects.
Cleanse the Skin
Cleanse the treatment area thoroughly before your session to remove any oils, lotions, or makeup. Avoid applying moisturizers or oils on the day of the session, as they can interfere with the effectiveness of the laser treatment.
Drink plenty of water and keep your body well-hydrated before your session. Hydrated skin can help minimize discomfort during the treatment.
What Should I Do After a Laser Hair Removal Session?
After a session, it’s important to follow these guidelines for proper aftercare:
Apply Cooling or Soothing Products
The treated area may experience temporary redness. Applying a cool compress, aloe vera gel, or a soothing cream can help alleviate any discomfort and reduce inflammation.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Protect the treated area from sun exposure for at least two weeks following the session. The skin will be more sensitive to UV radiation, and sun exposure can increase the risk of complications such as hyperpigmentation or sunburn. Whenever you go outside, you should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and cover the treated area with clothing or a hat.
Avoid Hot Baths or Showers
For the first 24–48 hours after treatment, avoid hot baths, hot showers, saunas, steam rooms, or activities that may cause excessive sweating. Opt for lukewarm water instead to prevent additional irritation to the treated area.
Cleanse the treated area gently using a mild, fragrance-free cleanser. Avoid harsh scrubs or exfoliants that can irritate the skin. Pat the area dry with a soft towel, avoiding any rubbing or friction.
Don’t Pick or Scratch
It’s important to resist the urge to pick, scratch, or exfoliate the treated area. Let any scabs or blisters heal naturally to avoid complications or scarring.
Avoid Hair Removal Methods
Refrain from using hair removal methods that can disrupt or irritate the hair follicles, such as waxing, plucking, or depilatory creams. Shaving is generally acceptable between sessions if needed.
Follow Post-Treatment Instructions
We will provide specific post-treatment instructions based on your individual needs. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully to optimize the results and minimize any potential side effects.
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From the size of the treatment area to the density of hair and the type of laser technology used, these variables play a role in determining the time required for each session. One thing is for certain; laser hair removal with the GentleMax Pro offers an effective, long-term solution to unwanted hair. If you are interested in rejuvenating your appearance and you’re in the Indian Harbour Beach or West Melbourne area contact The Refinery Medspa & Wellness and Skin & Body by The Refinery by using our simple online form. Alternatively, you can also call us at 321-341-3321 to reach us in West Melbourne, FL, or call us at 321-428-3004 to reach us in Indian Harbour Beach, FL. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for our latest deals and specials & events!