How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Do I Need?

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Do I Need?

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Does It Take?

Without seeing you, the answer to this question depends on the area that you are considering to have treated, your gender, the denseness and coarseness of your hair, and the color of your skin and hair.

It varies widely from person to person. In this article, we will try to pin down the answer for you as much as possible without being vague. The most accurate estimate will come after you come and see us so that we can give you a range that is as precise as possible.

The number of laser hair treatments required also depends on the source that you read. Different experts give different ranges.

What is the Average Number of Sessions for Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal treatments vary from an initial series of approximately three to seven sessions  according to

The average recommended interval between these treatments ranges from between four to eight weeks.

After this initial series is completed, maintenance treatments are usually required to delay hair regrowth in the area. The interval for the maintenance treatments will usually keep increasing until they are no longer required. Remember treatment intervals may also vary from one individual to another.

Why Does It Take More Than One Treatment?

Hair grows in cycles. Multiple treatments are required to reduce the amount of hair in the area of concern. You have to be prepared to complete a series of treatments initially. Then you usually need to start your maintenance program as recommended by your laser professional.

Some people have very little regrowth. They may take years before they need a touch up. Others need to return about once per season. It is quite variable. Your hormones, the area of the body, the color and coarseness of the hair are all determining factors.

What Can I Expect Realistically?

People must also be aware that laser hair removal reduces the amount of hair in an area and permanent hair removal is not a realistic goal. A recent study showed a 78% reduction of hair growth in an area after just four treatments.

These patients were much happier than a similar group where an interval protocol was not firmly established. Between laser treatments, plucking or waxing should be avoided and temporarily shaving those dying follicles is preferred.


To answer how many laser hair treatments that it will take for you, go to a respected doctor’s office for a free evaluation. These laser hair removal ten tips will help you to prepare for that initial consultation.

At doctor’s offices, there are no salespeople or closers who will push expensive laser hair removal packages. These packages contain more treatments than most people need.

Laser hair removal is becoming more popular. It is now offered in national chains and is aggressively marketed. These kinds of places have been known to decrease the strength of each treatment to make you return more often than is necessary. Beware of med spas where there is no doctor around.

Untrained or inexperienced laser technicians have higher chance causing skin burns and unwanted pigmentation changes of the skin. For your safety and to save money, go to a doctor’s office for your hair removal.

Call our respected doctor’s office at 724-969-0600 or read our reviews to learn more.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.

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