I can only assume that if you’ve come across this page you’re ready to ditch the razor and start something new, something a little more permanent. The most common question for Laser hair removal is “How long does it last? How many sessions of laser hair removal will I need?”. In short, the frequency of laser hair removal treatments varies depending on individuals’ skin and hair types. On average, individuals can expect a reduction of 10-25% in hair growth after each Laser hair removal treatment. If this doesn’t convince you enough, keep reading below to dive into the details of this popular treatment.

What happens with laser hair removal?

Everything you need to know about laser hair removal will be below. In the process of laser hair removal, a specialized laser emits light that targets the pigment known as melanin within the hair. This light energy undergoes conversion into heat, effectively disrupting the hair follicle’s tube-like structures beneath the skin. When you damage these follicles, the natural process of hair production is hindered or delayed, resulting in reduced or inhibited hair growth over time. This is the science behind what goes on underneath your skin while a technician performs this treatment. The most popular areas for laser hair removal are Brazilian, underarms, full legs, and upper lip. 

Why do people choose laser hair removal?

People opt out of all other hair removal methods such as shaving, waxing, and even electrolysis for several reasons. 

Helps prevent and remove ingrown hairs

Directly targeting hair follicles stops those pesky hairs from getting trapped under your skin, preventing painful ingrown hairs from popping up. Plus, if you already have them, laser treatments can help release those trapped hairs and keep them from coming back. 

Treatments are substantially faster

Laser hair removal is known for its efficiency. Unlike spending hours on waxing appointments or constantly reaching for the razor, laser treatments are quick and efficient. Depending on the size of the area being treated, a session can take just minutes to complete. With technological advancements, newer laser systems like Soprano Ice offer faster treatment times and less discomfort, making the process even more convenient.

Saves you money

Laser hair removal may seem like a significant investment upfront, but it can actually save you money in the long run. While other hair removal methods like waxing or shaving require regular maintenance and ongoing expenses, laser treatments offer long-term results. 

By reducing hair growth over time, you’ll spend less on razors, waxing appointments, and depilatory creams. Plus, you’ll save on the indirect costs associated with these methods, such as skin care products to soothe irritation or cover up ingrown hairs. So, while the initial cost may be higher, the savings over time make laser hair removal a cost-effective choice for many.

Overall effectiveness and number of treatments

The effectiveness of laser hair removal can vary based on factors such as hair color, skin type, and hair density. While some individuals may experience significant hair reduction after just a few sessions, others may require more treatments to achieve the desired results.

Additionally, the effectiveness of laser hair removal can vary depending on the area being treated. For example, areas with coarse, dark hair, such as the bikini line or underarms, may respond more quickly to treatment than areas with finer, lighter hair. 

How can I prepare for my Brazilian laser hair removal appointment?

Although I mention Brazilians for this example, the preparation is the same for all areas.

Shave the area 24 hours before your appointment

Shaving 24 hours before laser hair removal helps optimize treatment effectiveness, helps prevent surface burns, and enhances comfort during the procedure. If the hair is too long during your laser you risk a burn happening on the surface of your skin caused by the hair itself.

Avoid waxing, plucking, or threading for at least 2 weeks before your appointment

This is because these methods remove the entire hair follicle from the root, which is necessary for the laser to effectively target the pigment in the hair follicle during the treatment. If the hair follicle is removed, there won’t be any target for the laser, and the treatment may not be as effective.

Avoid using antibiotics two weeks before your appointment

Taking antibiotics before treatment can make your skin sensitive, and if your skin is more sensitive, it may be more prone to adverse reactions like redness or blistering during the treatment. By avoiding antibiotics before your appointment, you can reduce the risk of any potential side effects.

What are some factors that may affect your Brazilian laser hair removal?

There are numerous reasons for what may affect your session, everything you need to know about laser hair removal is right in front of you, keep reading below for more details!

Skin type and color

 The ideal candidates for laser hair removal have fair skin and dark hair since the laser targets the melanin pigment in the hair follicles. Darker skin tones may require specialized lasers to avoid damaging the skin.

Hair Color and Thickness

Laser hair removal works best on dark, coarse hair because it contains more melanin, which absorbs the laser light more effectively.

Hormonal Changes

Pregnancy or menopause can affect hair growth patterns and may require additional or adjusted treatments. When your hormones fluctuate like this due to these circumstances, there may be access hair growth in areas that weren’t a problem before. This is very normal. 


Certain medications can make the skin more sensitive to light or affect hair growth. It’s essential to inform your provider about any medications you are taking before undergoing laser hair removal.

Sun exposure

 Sun exposure can increase the risk of complications and interfere with the effectiveness of laser hair removal. It’s crucial to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen before and after treatment

Each person’s body responds differently to laser hair removal. While some may achieve significant hair reduction after a few sessions, others may require more treatments to achieve their desired results.

Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or hormonal imbalances, can affect hair growth and may require additional evaluation and treatment planning.

How many laser hair removal sessions do I need?

The number of laser hair removal sessions needed varies depending on factors such as hair color, skin type, and the treated area. Generally, most individuals require anywhere from 9 to 12 sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve significant hair reduction. Everything you need to know about laser hair removal will help you in your journey to smoother skin.

What’s my next step?

Ready to say goodbye to unwanted hair and hello to smoother skin? Explore the informative content in this article and take the first step toward achieving your desired results. Book a consultation with one of our experienced medical providers on our website for personalized guidance and start your journey to confidence today!


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