Both women and men spend a lot of time removing unwanted hair every week. Aside from the inconvenience, this can be expensive, with some studies estimating that we pay beauty salons and supermarkets five-figure amounts over the course of our lifetime to get wax treatments and invest in razors and shaving creams and lotions. If you live in the Ottawa and Princeton area, you can avoid all this and get laser hair removal at Nicole Norris MD in Peru, IL, instead. Let’s explore this effective treatment.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

One of the most important considerations when it comes to beauty treatments is how long they will last. You don’t want to spend your time and money at the clinic only to then have your hair grow back a few months later. Fortunately, most laser sessions will provide permanent results. Let’s discuss what can affect your results and how long you will have to wait after your initial session to notice a difference.

Your Results

In most cases, 90% of your hair won’t grow back after you’ve completed the hair removal treatment. Although you might occasionally notice some fluff, you won’t have body hair in the same way you did before having laser therapy. This is because your follicles have been altered so the hair can’t grow anymore.

Unfortunately, there are a few reasons why you might have to undergo treatment again. These are mostly related to hormonal changes in your body, which can affect the way your hair grows. For example, if you’re a woman undergoing menopause, you might notice that your hair growth patterns have changed. Similarly, a pregnancy can cause fluctuations that encourage your body hair to grow again.

When Will You See Results?

When you come to an initial consultation at our clinic, we can tell you all about your treatment and how many sessions you will need. Most people will have between four and six appointments, each several weeks apart. Since not all hair follicles are in the growing phase at the same time, we need to give them all a chance to move through the different stages. By doing several treatments, we can catch all of the hair, so you’ll have minimal issues in the future.

Around 1-3 weeks after every treatment, you will notice that you have less and less hair. You should be able to appreciate your final results approximately one month after your last session with us.

Other FAQs about Laser Treatment

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Many of our patients come in with a very specific concern because hair in one part of their body is particularly bothersome to them. For example, they might want to remove excess hair on their face or under their armpit. Others are looking for a more general approach and would like to be treated all over. Laser therapy works for almost all areas of the body, and you can have treatment on your face, legs, arms, back, and bikini area.

Is the Treatment Painful or Dangerous?

If you’ve never had laser therapy before, you might be worried that you’ll experience a lot of pain during your session or that you can damage your skin permanently. However, this isn’t the case because the innovative and state-of-the-art lasers we use have been tested to the highest safety standards. What’s more, most of our patients don’t feel any pain and simply report feeling a warm or tingling sensation during their session.

We take great care to apply a local anesthetic to the area that’s being treated, so you don’t have to worry. While lasers were harsh and painful in the past, there have been many innovations that have made them more gentle and pleasant.

Who Can Benefit the Most?

You might have heard that dark-haired and light-skinned people can benefit the most from treatment, but that’s no longer true. With modern lasers that include the newest technology and many essential safety features, all skin types and colors can benefit from this type of treatment. What’s more, you might be able to take part even if you’re ineligible for elective surgery. Because laser therapy is minimally invasive, it’s safe for almost everyone.

If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have an active infection at the treatment site, we will ask you to wait until your baby is older or your infection has cleared up. This is because your safety is our priority, and we don’t want to take any unnecessary risks.

Remove Unwanted Hair for the Long Term

No matter what skin and hair color you have, laser hair removal could be a great option for you because it can help you to reduce or eliminate the time and money spent on hair removal. In most cases, your hair won’t grow back, although you might need to return to the clinic if your circumstances change. Call or message us at Nicole Norris MD in Peru, IL to find out more and book your first appointment with our expert practitioners.