Laser hair removal is a method that relies on intensely concentrated light to penetrate the hair follicles.The doctor will aim a pulse of laster light at the focus area. In area about the size of a quarter will be impacted by the highly concentrated light that penetrates the hair follicle. The pigment in the hair follicle receives the pulse of light and destroys the hair within the hair follicle.
When it comes to laser hair removal, every person is different.
One person may have dark, thick hair that grows quickly, another person may have light, fine, hair that grows slowly. Each person will require a different number of laser treatments. Additionally, hair goes through different phases of growth. While laser treatments may eliminate hair that is in the active growth phase, more treatments may be needed to eliminate all the hair follicles in the treatment area.
Finally, the region where the laser hair removal is taking place further informs how many treatments will be required. An upper lip will take fewer than a bikini area, which will take fewer treatments than a leg or a back. Dr. Musto will better be able to answer this question after a personal evaluation.
Please do not remove any hair by plucking or waxing for 2-3 weeks, it will defeat the purpose of the laser hair removal. The laser acts upon the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle, which requires that there is hair in the hair follicle. Waxing and plucking pulls the hair out of the follicle and so there will be nothing there to treat, but it will appear again later.
The effects of laser will be progressively seen. While fine hairs will disappear right away, coarse hairs will take a bit longer to disintegrate and shed - up to 2 weeks. The skin in the area that has been treated may be slightly red, warm, and bumpy for a couple of days.
Fine hairs disappear immediately, while it takes some time for the light to work its way through the follicle of dark and thick hairs, so it may take up to 2 weeks before that hair will dissolve and shed. New hair will no longer grow in the treated area.