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How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?

Newport Beach Laser Hair Removal

 Are you ready to be free from the chore of removing unwanted hair, but you’re not sure laser hair removal is effective enough for the price? At ZENA Medical, Dr. Zenovia Gabriel, affectionately called Dr. Zena by her patients, gets it. There’s a balance to be had between freeing yourself from the aggravation of removing unwanted hair and paying for a treatment that may not be permanent.

How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?

The good news is, laser hair removal with the Clarity system by Lutronic is considered a long-lasting semi-permanent option for hair removal. But what does that truly mean?

Hair follicles exist in three stages: growth, transition, and dormancy. Because only follicles in the growth stage absorb Clarity’s laser energy, only those hairs can be treated at one time. When these follicles shed, dormant follicles step into the growth phase, which are then treated by your next session. This is why a series of treatments is necessary to become hair-free. Most patients at ZENA Medical need about 6 treatments to reach their hair-free goals.

But how long does it last? Once your treatment series is complete, you shouldn’t see regrowth for years. If you do have a stray strand here and there, they will be sparse and very fine. In fact, you may be the only one who notices. Maintenance treatments every year can easily take care of these stragglers.

Does regrowth happen more often depending on the part of the body? The answer is maybe. You’re less likely to see hair return on the bikini line, stomach, or underarms than on the chin, neck, upper lip, or other areas of the face. This is, in part, because hormones fluctuate, which can affect hair growth. Women near or in menopause experience a drop in estrogen levels, bringing some changes to hair growth patterns.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

At ZENA Medical, we use the Clarity laser; it’s one of the best laser hair removal systems out there. Its dual wavelengths—long-pulsed 755nm Alexandrite and 1064nm Nd:YAG—can target hair of all thicknesses, coarseness, and density. The follicle pigment absorbs the energy in a process called selective photothermolysis. The follicle, related stem cells, and dermal papillae are damaged by the generated heat, resulting in follicle death and the interruption of future growth.

Clarity’s pulse rate is lightning quick. Dr. Zena and the laser specialists at ZENA Medical can control the pulse width from .35 ms to 300 ms for precision, even in delicate areas. Clarity also has larger spot sizes for quick treatment of areas like the legs, chest, and back. These customizable features allow ZENA Medical providers to minimize the length and the overall number of sessions while still effectively treating every strand of unwanted hair.

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Because the follicle pigment is affected, the treatment works well for darker hair on patients with lighter skin. However, Clarity’s fluence, pulse width, and repetition rate can be customized to treat most skin and hair types. ZENA Medical can achieve safe, effective hair removal for virtually anyone interested in laser hair removal treatments, no matter your skin type or color.

Is There Any Downtime After Laser Hair Removal?

Clarity laser hair removal does not damage the tissues surrounding the hair, only the follicle itself. As such, you will have no downtime and may resume your routine immediately. It is also recommended to take protective measures against sun exposure while undergoing treatment.

What Results Can I Expect?

Each hair removal session at ZENA Medical will result in up to 25% reduced hair in the treatment area, though it may take a few weeks for those follicles to shed. The hair will be thinner and finer, becoming more sparse with each subsequent treatment. After an average of 6 sessions, you’ll have smooth, hair-free skin with only the need for a maintenance treatment here and there to stay that way.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about laser hair removal, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with your personal assessment at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!

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