How Many Treatments Are Needed For Laser Hair Removal?

If you've decided to get rid of pesky body hair using laser hair removal, a common concern is how many treatment sessions it will take. Laser hair removal involves both a time commitment and considerable expenditure. But your success using laser treatments also requires you to be a good candidate for this procedure.

What is a "Good Candidate?"

According to the Mayo Clinic, those who have the best success using laser hair removal have pale skin and dark hair. People with darker skin and dark hair also note good results. However, those with unpigmented (grey or white), blond, light brown, or red hair won't see results using laser hair removal. Even if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure, nothing is guaranteed. However, having fair skin and dark hair does tip the odds in your favor.

Number of Treatments

The Hair Loss Journal, maintained by a consortium of dermatologists who practice laser hair removal, can help you ascertain how many treatment sessions you can expect to undergo before you see optimal results. To achieve noticeable hair reduction in the bikini area, between three and six sessions may be needed. Those who wish to reduce facial hair may require up to three treatments. Hair removal for the legs can take between three and five sessions to achieve results. In all cases, maintenance treatments are also required to address regrowth, usually on an annual basis.

According to the Hair Loss Journal, the average number of sessions to achieve 80 percent hair reduction (overall) is between four and six, as long as the person is a good candidate. The Mayo Clinic takes a more cautious approach and indicates that between six and eight sessions spaced six to eight weeks apart may be required. According to the Mayo Clinic, patients can expect to see as little as 20 percent hair reduction or as much as 90 percent. Successful laser hair removal ultimately depends on the individual's response to the treatment.

How Much It Costs

Laser hair removal is not inexpensive. According to the Hair Loss Journal, laser removal for the face costs between $150 and $350 per treatment, while the average cost for treating the legs can be between $450 and $800 per treatment. The cost per session can also depend on how thick and dense your hair is, as well as where you live. To view the average cost of one laser removal treatment in your region, see the Resource link below.

Unfortunately, the final answer as to how many laser treatments you'll need is: "It depends." So before you decide on laser hair removal, make sure to ask your doctor if you're a good candidate.