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How many sessions would be needed for laser hair removal over many parts of my body?
Thank you for your question. Hair grows in cycles, typically every 4-6 weeks depending on the part of the body. Laser hair removal will only work on hair actively growing. So we recommend that it will take 4-6 treatments to effectively treat an area with our laser. We will get about 80% of the actively growing hairs. You would return every 4-6 weeks depending on the area to treat the new active growth. Occasionally additional treatments are necessary but not often. Price depends on the areas treated.
R. Rosen, MD
Laser hair removal generally requires 5- 7 sessions. However, it is important to find a laser hair removal practice that offers individual treatments and does not pre-sell treatment packages as it is impossible to now exactly how many laser hair removal sessions a person needs before treatment.
It is important to also look for a laser center with multiple lasers as no single laser can safely and effectively remove hair on people with al skin types. The Alexandrite laser has been evaluated as the most effective hair removal laser for light to medium toned skin and the long pulsed nd yag laser has been evaluated as most effective for dark or tanned skin.