There are many myths about laser hair removal, including how often you will require treatment to maintain those silky-smooth results. Timing your laser hair removal correctly is much more important than you might realise!
As a rule of thumb, if you’re looking to permanently reduce your unwanted hair growth, you will need to visit us in clinic for a laser hair removal session every 4-6 weeks, for a minimum of 6-12 treatments.
But why can’t I come in once a week and get those results faster, you ask? The answer is simple: the hair growth cycle.
The hair growth cycle
There are three main stages of hair growth and laser hair removal is only effective on hair in the first stage of growth (Anagen).
Growth Phase (Anagen)
Anagen is the active growth phase of hair follicles. At this time, the cells in the root of the hair divide rapidly, so the hair is growing and extending to the hair shaft.
During the anagen phase, the hair follicles are the most receptive to the laser light because they are rich in protein (keratin) and melanin. Lasers predominately work by targeting the melanin (colour) in the hair.
The anagen phase for a hair follicle is genetically determined and varies from person to person, but about 85 per cent of hair follicles on our body are in the anagen phase at any one time.
Transition Phase (Catagen)
At the completion of the anagen phase, the follicle enters the catagen phase when the hair stops growing. This phase lasts only two-three weeks. About five per cent of our hair is in this phase at any given time.
Resting Phase (Telogen)
The final stage is the telogen phase, which comprises of both resting and shedding. Once the hair begins to shed, the follicle is prompted to start a new cycle.
The length of this stage is about 100 days for the healthy follicles on the scalp, but other areas of the body can vary significantly. About 10 per cent of hair follicles are in the telogen phase at any given time.
Timing your laser hair removal
Given that only 85 per pent of hair follicles are in the anagen phase at any one time, and this is the most effective phase for laser hair removal, it is important to cycle your laser hair removal treatments every four to six weeks to ensure all hair follicles are treated over your treatment series.
We recommend booking a package of six to 12 treatments and booking your dates out in advance, to ensure that you stay on top of your treatments and get the best possible result.
Remember, the number and time between treatments may vary from person to person, depending on your skin and hair type, so it is recommended to always follow the advice provided by your trained laser technician.
For more information or to book a complimentary laser consultation, please visit your local Australian Skin Clinics or view our current laser offers here!