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How Long Does It Take for Hair to Fall Out After the First Session of Brazilian Laser Hair Removal?

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Brazilian laser hair removal is one of the most widely available cosmetic procedures today. Thousands of Americans undergo a waxing procedure each week, although many of them also use other hair removal treatments. Brazilian laser hair removal is a more permanent solution to remove unwanted hair in the bikini area.

So how long does it take for hair to fall out after the first session of Brazilian laser hair removal? It takes a few weeks for the effects to start showing up in the target area. You may need additional sessions to achieve full smoothness. 

Length of Time Before Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Treatments Take Effect

Brazilian laser hair removal is an effective procedure, but it takes time for the treatment to show visible results. Most people will need about 6 treatment sessions before they achieve full smoothness. In the first few sessions, you might notice finer hair strands growing out of the pubic area. These will be removed in subsequent treatments. 

Duration of Treatments

It takes a few minutes to prepare the doctor’s office for the procedure. You will be asked to lie down on a table to help the technician angle the laser properly. It can take 5 to 20 minutes for the heat to reach the skin around the labia and buttocks. 

Over the course of the treatment, you may feel slight discomfort due to the heat from the lasers. A numbing cream will be applied by the laser specialist to minimize any pain during the procedure. If you have high pain sensitivity, you may also be asked to take a painkiller before treatment. An ice pack will also be used to prevent swelling around the treated area.

Overall, a typical Brazilian laser hair removal can last for 60 to 90 minutes. The exact duration depends on the amount of hair present in the pubic area. Since Brazilian laser hair removal is used to remove all hair in the genital area, it takes longer than your typical laser session.

Expected Outcomes of Treatment

Full hairlessness and smoothness may not be visible until several sessions have finished. In the first few weeks, there will be some slight reduction. However, hair may still appear due to the slow deterioration of the follicles. At this point, the hair becomes visibility thinner and is easier to manage. 

Most people will notice hair shedding to peak after 4 treatments. Those with coarser hair may need more sessions before noticing significant hair reduction. Additionally, you will be asked to trim any hair growth to a certain length in between sessions. The Brazilian treatment will eventually destroy the hair follicle, preventing new growth in the pubic area. If properly maintained, results can last for years. 

Intervals of Treatments

The usual treatment cycle for Brazilian laser hair removal is 4 to 6 sessions. Some people may need as many as 8, depending on how active their follicles are. Your specialist will determine the waiting time between each treatment depending on possible side effects. For most people, treatments will be spaced out by at least 1 month.

What You Need to Know Before Getting a Brazilian Laser Hair Removal

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Brazilian hair removal is easily confused with bikini hair removal. While both of these treatments involve getting rid of unwanted hair, bikini hair removal only involves the top and sides of the pubic area. Brazilian laser hair removal aims to eradicate all pubic hair through heat energy

Both of these treatments have effects that can last for years. Besides a few side effects, laser hair removal is completely safe. These side effects are usually cosmetic and resolve on their own.

Precautionary Measures

Before undergoing treatment, your provider will ask you about your medical history. This will help them determine if the laser treatment is safe for you. If you have keloid scars or vitiligo, you will be asked to try out other hair removal procedures instead. Other medical conditions that could make you incompatible with the procedure include light sensitivity, pellagra, and urticaria.

You will be asked to stop plucking, tweezing, or waxing the pubic area at least 6 weeks before treatment. The hair needs to be at least ¼ of an inch long to be compatible with laser treatment. Brazilian laser hair removal is suitable for all skin types, but those with lighter skin and dark hair colors may experience faster and more visible results. 

How the Procedure Works

Brazilian laser hair removal works by destroying the roots of the hair using laser rays. Much like a typical Brazilian wax treatment, it aims to remove hair surrounding the bikini line, vulvar areas, and the anus. If you don’t want full hair removal at first, you can ask the specialist to leave a few delicate areas on their own.

The procedure starts with the specialist applying a topical cream to numb the area. Once you’re settled, the technician will hover the instrument over the target areas. Laser rays will be released from the instrument to kill off the hair follicles under the skin. Some follicles may not actively be growing at the time of your first session, which is why successive treatments are important.

Common Side Effects

Brazilian laser hair removal is a generally safe procedure. However, there are a few side effects that can manifest in the target area after a session. These typically resolve on their own within a few days or weeks. Your provider may ask you to use some home remedies, such as a cold compress or an ice pack, to minimize any pain and inflammation.

Some other common side effects include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Skin discoloration
  • Risk of infection

If you see any signs of infection, such as pus or intense pain, call your doctor right away. You should also refrain from tweezing or waxing in between treatments. Shaving is allowed, but only to ensure that hair growth is up to ¼ inch by the time of treatment.

Get High Quality Skin Treatments and Services at Ethos Spa

It’s important to have hair treatments that help you achieve your desired look. With how many hair treatments there are on the market, it can be difficult to decide on a procedure that meets your aesthetic goals. A capable team of specialists and professionals should help you make a decision that’s satisfying and effective.

At Ethos Spa, we offer several wellness treatments to thousands of clients in the New Jersey tri-state area. Our laser hair removal procedures are safe, hassle-free, and effective. Book an appointment with us today by calling us at (908) 628-1916. 

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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