I had my first laser session today and I still have a small amount of hair on my face and neck. Is this normal?

Some of my hairs are easily plucked by my finger but others are not. Is this normal after first session? They will fall within few days or not?

Doctor Answers 3

It’s normal to still have hair after laser hair removal treatment.

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The fact that some of your facial and neck hair is easily removed at this stage is to be expected. Laser hair removal works by targeting the hair follicle during the active growth phase. Because hair grows in stages, not all hair is in the active growth phase at the same time. That’s why you’ll need a series of LHR sessions, spaced a number of weeks apart, to experience the full effects of laser hair removal. Although it’s common to notice a reduction in hair after one treatment, the more visible results won’t be noticeable until after several treatments.

Give it Time

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It is absolutely normal to still have hair after your first laser treatment. Lasers destroy hair at the follicle level, so you won't see results immediately. After about a week or so, if you gently pull on the hair, you will notice that some of the hair easily falls out. Also, I tell my laser clients not to expect visible results until after their second treatment, although most see visible results a couple weeks after their first treatment. Good Luck!

Charles Fatseas, MD
Franklin Physician

Laser hair removal

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The laser works on the hair follicle at a certain stage in its growth cycle.  Only about 25% of the hair is at that stage at any given time, so you will require additional laser treatments to get rid of the majority of the hair in any area.  I usually tell people to expect 4-6 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart.  You should see a reduction in the amount of hair after each treatment.

Suzan McGary, MD
Williamsport Thoracic Surgeon

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