Laser Hair Removal: Top 5 Things You Need to Consider Before Treatment.

  • Eva G
  • Seattle, WA
  • 2 months ago


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One of the most frustrating things both women and men have to deal with when it comes to our daily maintenance routine is shaving. You shave the day before only to wake up the next morning with stubble already! Shaving feels like a never ending task, so what about Laser hair removal? I have put together the top 5 things you should consider before committing to the process, as it is not a one treatment fix. 

1) How many sessions are required?
The process works by targeting the hair follicles with laser pulse beams of light into hair in the growth phase to destroy the follicle.  A series of laser sessions are required and are usually spaced 4 to 10 weeks apart according to Nurse Tracy Barlow who works alongside  Dr. Michael law. 


2) Will my hair be fully removed? 
Results can vary depending on the treatment area and works best on dark hair, it does not work on blonde or gray hair according to Gretta Handley, Patient Care Manager at Davis Plastic Surgery. 

3) Which Laser Hair Removal System Works Best?
Nurse  Tracy Barlow explains that there is no single laser that works best, it depends on yours skin type. 

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4) How much does it cost?
The price of laser hair removal varies an multiple treatments are required. According to Nurse Tracy Barlow, paying per session is the way to go. 

5) Do you need to grow your hair out prior to having laser hair removal?
No, it is not necessary to grow out your hair before treatment. Actually you need to be clean shaven as of the night before or the morning of your treatment.


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Comments (7)

Often times, getting a package of 6 treatments is much much cheaper than paying per session. In fact, the legs and arms need about 4 (so 6 will really get the job done). Anything on the torso: brazillian/underarms need 6-8 treatments. So again the '6' package should work....while any facial hair can take 12-24 treatments to completely rid of hair. AGAIN buy the package of 6....you'll see if you wanna buy more after the treatments are complete. Also, watch for what type of laser is being used....the newer ones are much more effective and less painful, while the older machines are not only painful- but require double to triple to treatments for the same efficiency. I was nearly hairless after only one treatment (underarms, brazilian, full legs, buttocks) but now that I'm about to start my 4th treatment- I'm glad I bought the entire package. Guaranteed to last 10-20 years...with only intermittent spot treatments in between. At that point- sure 'pay per session'. Otherwise its a waste of time and money. Do all 6 treatments people! Do your research...
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I did this, paid per session, and by the time I realized that it hadn't worked at all, I was out many hundreds of dollars.  I think I was too dark-skinned for the laser.  It was a huge disappointment for me.
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Awe, sorry to hear if didn't work out :( 
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Interesting!  I guess removing my facial hair is not going to happen since it is all blonde- good to know.
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Fascinating! Thanks for the info.
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Great post! I would definitely agree with paying per session. The number of sessions needed differs greatly depending on the individual and the area, so a "pay per session" deal will probably save money.
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Unless you're Borat. ;-)
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