How Many Sessions in Average Are Needed to Stop Body Hair Growth?

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Sessions to stop body hair growth

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Reducing hair growth or permanent hair reduction can vary from provider to provider and typically takes between 3-10 sessions depending on the body area and an individual's physiology (i.e. hormones, etc).

Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Many Sessions Are Needed to Stop Body Hair Growth

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The average amount of sessions needed is 6-9. The amount of time in between each session is 4-5 weeks.

Hardik Soni, MD (not currently practicing)
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician

Laser hair reduction

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On average, it takes 5-8 treatment sessions to achieve permanent hair reduction.  The frequency of sessions depends on the body area treated.

Anatoli Freiman, MD
Toronto Dermatologist

Number of Sessions for Laser Hair Reduction

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Laser hair reduction sessions can vary depending on the provider and the device being used. The number of treatments can also be dependent upon the color and thickness of the hair. Six sessions are typically needed to make sure that the laser is targeting all the hair due to hair growth cycles. Approximately 4-8 weeks is the average time to space out treatments. 

Paul L. Leong, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Laser Hair and Number of Sessions

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Laser hair removal is a process and takes approximately five or six sessions to be permanently reduced.  Depending on the area of the body it needs four weeks for areas such as the face, and eight weeks for areas such as the legs to treat.  Please consult a board certified dermatologist who is an expert in laser hair removal for the best cosmetic results. Best, Dr. Green

Sessions Recommended For Hair Loss

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Typically 4-6 sessions are needed for hair loss. With the Gentle Max Pro by Candella they recommend treatments to be spaced apart by 4-8 weeks, depending on the area being treated.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Laser hair removal on the body

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For our lightsheer diode laser, we suggest eight or more treatments to provide long term hair reduction for most patients. Some need less and others need more.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

The average number of sessions needed for laser hair removal...

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You should not think of "a number of sessions needed" to reduce hair growth.  More sessions are needed in the beginning (around 3-4 for the body and 5 for the face).  After that, the sessions should be spaced out significantly in order to touch up areas from time to time.  It does depend on the person and type of skin so a darker skinned patient may need more sessions.  Also, if a patient has excessive hair growth due to a hormonal imbalance, more sessions may be needed.  Consult your doctor so he or she can examine the areas that you would like treated for your best options.

Andrew Miller, MD
Edison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 222 reviews

Average Time till Permanent Laser Hair Reduction

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On average 6- 8 treatments is typical for permanent laser hair reduction. Darker complected individuals and those with dense hair growth, or hormonal changes influencing hair growth will need more treatments.

Los Angeles Laser Hair Removal

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Laser treatments will usually not result in complete hair removal, but a significant reduction of hair growth (70 to 90 %) is usually achieved in 6-8 sessions.

Armen Vartany, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

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