Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Laser hair removal is a fantastic solution for those who are tired of shaving, waxing, or tweezing. Within months, you can enjoy about an 85% reduction in hair growth. With laser hair removal, you can say “goodbye” to all the old fashioned methods of hair removal as well as the red bumps and irritated skin that goes with them. 

In today’s blog post from Xanadu Med Spa in Fort Collins, we are going to answer some of the most common questions that we hear about laser hair removal. Continue reading to learn more, and when you are ready to ditch the razor, tweezers, and wax, make a laser hair removal appointment at Xanadu Med Spa in Fort Collins. 

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

During laser hair removal, a laser is applied to your legs, underarms, upper lip, or whichever area you would like unwanted hair removed from. The pigment in your hair absorbs the energy from the laser. The energy travels down the hair, destroying the follicle. Other forms of hair removal leave the follicle intact, which means hair will continue to grow, but with laser hair removal the follicle is completely destroyed so the hair cannot regrow. 

How Do I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

If you wax or tweeze the area that will be treated with laser hair removal, you should stop doing so six weeks prior to treatment. In order for laser hair removal to be successful, your hair follicles need to be intact. You should shave within 24 hours of your appointment. Your hair follicles need to be present below your skin, but you do not want any hair to be present above your skin. 

How Permanent Is Laser Hair Removal?

Once a hair follicle is destroyed, it will not regrow. However, hair must be in a specific growth phrase to be destroyed by the laser. It can take several sessions to treat one area because your hair is not all in the same growth phase at the same time. Each person responds a bit differently to laser hair removal, but you can usually expect an 85% hair reduction in the treated area after your treatments are complete. 

How Many Sessions Do You Need for Laser Hair Removal?

The amount of sessions required may vary from person to person. People with fairer hair may require more treatments as well as anyone who has experienced a change in hormones or is undergoing hormone replacement therapy. For most people, 7-10 treatments will result in about an 85% hair reduction in the treated area. For those who require more treatments, Xanadu Med Spa offers an unlimited laser hair removal package. 

Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

Laser hair removal feels like a rubber band snap on the skin. At Xanadu Med Spa in Fort Collins, we use the Cutera Excel HR™ laser, which is equipped with state-of-the-art sapphire contact cooling technology. The laser keeps your skin cool during treatment and significantly reduces any discomfort. 

Can I Shave Between Laser Hair Removal Treatments?

Yes, you can absolutely shave between laser hair removal treatments. In fact, you’ll be required to shave within 24 hours of each treatment to ensure that your hair is not above your skin during treatment. Do not tweeze, wax, or undergo any other hair removal treatment that removes the hair follicle. You want the follicles to be intact for each laser treatment to achieve the best results possible. 

How Long Will It Take to See Results?

You will begin to see results after your first treatment. After each treatment you will notice a 10-30% hair reduction in the treated area. Each treatment you receive will have similar results, and the results are cumulative. It typically takes 7-10 treatments to see your final results which are usually about an 85% hair reduction. 

Schedule Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment Today

We hope that this blog answered some of your questions about laser hair removal. At Xanadu Med Spa in Fort Collins, we have a registered nurse on staff who handles all of the laser hair removal treatments, so you can be sure that you are receiving high-quality care and that your medical history will be taken into consideration for your safety. If you are interested in laser hair removal in Fort Collins, make an appointment today.