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How Many Treatment Sessions Do You Need for Brazilian Laser Hair Removal?

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The Brazilian hair removal treatment has been the go-to procedure of every patient wanting long-lasting results of removing unwanted hair, saving themselves from ingrown hair, razor burn, skin irritation, and other mishaps from shaving and waxing. But like many hair reduction procedures, this option involves multiple treatments. That’s why some patients ask how often you should return for a laser hair removal session.

So how often do you go back for Brazilian laser hair removal? You should return to your trusted medical spa for a Brazilian hair removal session 6 to 8 times, spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart. This laser treatment destroys the hair follicles with laser light. Multiple treatments at this specific time frame are needed to target every hair follicle at the anagen or growth phase for long-lasting hair removal.

How Often Do You Go Back for Brazilian Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal provides patients with a long-lasting hair reduction in many areas, like the underarms, upper lip, even the bikini area, and intimate parts — it even leaves you with smooth skin since it targets every hair follicle. 

By having a Brazilian hair removal treatment, patients no longer need to shave or wax their sensitive areas, risking skin irritation, razor burn, ingrown hair, and itchy stubbles. But since it targets the hair follicles of the pubic hair, you may need to have multiple treatments. Patients usually need to go back to their trusted medical spa and have the procedure around 6 to 8 times to target every hair follicle, according to their hair growth cycle.

What Happens If You Don’t Go Back Often for Brazilian Laser Hair Removal

Not returning soon and often enough for your Brazilian laser hair treatment doesn’t pose any serious risks, but your hair follicles might not be destroyed, enough to provide long-lasting hair removal. You might notice that the pubic hair growing from the treatment area has been thinner. But the results from your initial Brazilian hair removal procedures might eventually fade, and your hair growth is back to normal.

Scheduling an appointment just in time for your laser hair removal procedure at the recommended number of treatment sessions allows the laser light to destroy the hair follicles consistently and give you long-lasting hair reduction.

Why You Need Repeated Sessions of Brazilian Laser Hair Removal

The Brazilian laser treatment needs multiple sessions on the right schedule to provide long-lasting results in stopping hair growth and removing unwanted hair at the genitals, leaving it with smooth skin free of ingrown hair.

To fully understand the needed number and duration of treatment sessions, it might help to know how laser light removes skin and how the hair growth cycle works. You should also know how long you should wait between treatment sessions and how you can achieve long-term results.

1) How Laser Treatment Removes Hair

Laser hair removal treatment gets rid of unwanted hair using a concentrated light beam or laser. Pigments or melanin in the hair absorbs the light emitted by the laser once the device targets the treatment area. The light absorbed by the pigments converts to heat and damages every hair follicle, delaying or stopping hair growth.

Because of this method of action, laser hair treatment becomes more effective in patients with light skin and dark hair. This hair removal method wasn’t the best treatment option for those with darker skin before due to the risks of skin irritation and hyperpigmentation. But the medical aesthetic technology has drastically advanced since then, making laser treatments now suitable for every skin tone or skin color.

2) How Long You Should Wait Between Treatment Sessions

Patients must have their next laser hair removal procedure after 4 to 8 weeks. They must also avoid waxing, plucking, or any other hair removal method that uproots the body hair and removes the roots. Laser light targets these to destroy the hair follicles. You must know how the hair growth cycle works to understand why you must wait this long and have multiple sessions.

3) How Your Hair Cycle Works

Multiple treatments of laser hair removal procedure, spaced at specific time frames, are needed to destroy every hair follicle according to its hair cycle. Your body hair doesn’t grow at an equal pace. It can be in any of the hair growth stages:

  • Anagen or growing phase – the stage where the hair follicle inhibits hair regrowth
  • Catagen or transition phase – the transitional stage where hair regrowth stops, and the hair strand detaches from the bottom of the follicles.
  • Telogen or resting phase – the hair is at a resting phase but doesn’t fall out yet because club hairs keep them intact onto the follicle.
  • Exogen or shedding phase – old hair starts to shed as new strands start growing.

Your hair follicles aren’t in similar hair growth stages in a given time. During your laser hair removal session, only around 20% of hair is at the anagen phase — the best phase for the laser light to destroy hair follicles. Because of this, every session is spaced at 6 months to target those that weren’t in the growing phase during your previous treatment.

4) How to Achieve Long-Term Results

Laser hair treatment doesn’t provide permanent hair reduction but can give you significant and long-lasting results. It can take a long time for every hair to grow again due to the damaged hair follicles, and when they do, the hair that grows out is usually thinner than normal. You can make the most out of your Brazilian laser hair removal method by doing the following:

  • Opting for the best hair removal technology
  • Avoiding plucking or waxing your pubic hair 6 months before your treatment
  • Shaving your hair before the procedure
  • Following the aftercare instructions thoroughly

You may achieve more long-term effects by following the recommended treatment sessions at the right time. After completing your treatment plan involving 6 to 7 procedures, you may consult your practitioner about having maintenance treatments to prolong the results of your Brazilian laser hair removal — this is usually spaced longer than your initial treatment sessions. Experts recommend having it between 3 to 12 months, depending on your hair regrowth.

What to Expect from Your Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Treatment

The Brazilian laser hair removal procedure is a non-invasive treatment, so you can expect minimal risks, no incisions, and little to no downtime. You may learn more about what to expect by knowing how to prepare for the treatment session, how it will go, and how you should take care of the treated area post-procedure.

1) How to Prepare for Your Treatment

Preparing for your Brazilian laser hair removal session is vital for making the most out of it and setting it up for producing positive results. Because of the treatment area, some patients do more preparations, like:

  • Taking a shower
  • Avoiding tanning or sunbathing
  • Taking pain relievers
  • Shaving the intimate bikini area
  • Exfoliating the treatment area gently

You should consult your healthcare provider upon having this treatment and discuss how else you can prepare. This will also help you avoid experiencing harsh side effects, like skin irritation or hyperpigmentation.

2) How Your Treatment Will Go

Some patients feel squeamish about having the procedure, so they need to discuss the treatment thoroughly with their practitioners and what they can expect during the session. This will minimize their anxiety, allowing them to know what to expect from the treatment. Your procedure will generally go as follows:

  1. The treatment area will be cleaned to avoid skin irritation or infection.
  2. Protective goggles or glasses will be given to you to prevent eye damage from the laser.
  3. A cooling gel or numbing cream will be applied to reduce discomfort.
  4. The laser treatment device will be hovered in your intimate areas to target the hair follicles.
  5. The treated area will be wiped to remove the cooling gel.

Your Brazilian laser hair removal will only last for 20 to 30 minutes. Patients react to pain differently, but most find the experience similar to having a rubber band snap against their skin. Some also smell smoke from the hair absorbing heat from the laser. 

3) How to Take Care of Your Genitals After Laser Hair Removal Sessions

Brazilian laser hair removal requires only minimal downtime, so you may return to normal activities with only a few restrictions. Ensure following the right aftercare steps for your intimate area, like:  

  • Clean the treated area gently
  • Expect bumps and redness
  • Avoid waxing, plucking, or picking on the treatment area
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Avoid high temperatures for 2 weeks
  • Avoid dipping in swimming pools for 2 days

Patients usually need to return and have their Brazilian hair removal procedure 6 to 8 times, spaced between 4 to 8 weeks, to achieve long-lasting results. This is because laser treatment destroys the hair follicles to stop the growth of body hair. To target each in a given treatment area, patients must return for multiple treatments enough for other hair follicles to enter the anagen phase, according to their hair cycle.

Book an Appointment Today at Ethos Spa for Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Ethos Spa is one of the most trusted medical spas in New Jersey that offers different solutions to your every cosmetic concern, including hair in your intimate and bikini area. We’re equipped with state-of-the-art tools for providing Brazilian laser hair removal treatments performed by highly-trained professionals

You may also check out our other cosmetic treatments, from body contouring and hair restoration solutions to anti-aging and facial enhancement injectables. You may learn more about our beauty plans by booking an appointment today. You can visit our medical spa at Summit, New Jersey, or you may simply give us a call.

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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