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Laser hair removal has become popular because of its speed and efficacy, although some of the efficacy is dependent upon the skill and experience of the laser operator, and the choice and availability of different laser technologies used for the procedure. Some will need touch-up treatments, especially on large areas, after the initial set of 3-8 treatments. It has also been noted that some people are "non-responders" – this occurs when the incorrect device is being used, the device parameters are too low or the patient is simply not a good candidate for treatment.

Multiple treatments depending on the type of hair and skin color have been shown to provide long-term reduction of hair. Most patients need a minimum of seven treatments. Current parameters differ from device to device but manufacturers and clinicians generally recommend waiting from three to eight weeks depending on the area being treated and the hair cycle length of that area. The number of sessions depends on various parameters, including the area of the body being treated, skin color, coarseness of hair, reason for hirsutism, and gender. Coarse dark hair on light skin is easiest to treat. Certain areas (notably men's faces) may require considerably more treatments to achieve desired results. The face usually requires more frequent treatments three to four weeks apart, whereas legs require less frequent treatments and patients should be advised to wait at least six weeks. Moreover, hair grows in several phases (anagen,telogen, catagen) and  lasers can only affect the currently active growing hair follicles (early anagen). Therefore, several sessions are needed to kill hair in all phases of growth and should be spaced in a way to allow inactive follicles to start to regrow again.

Typically, after the treatment session, the shedding of the treated hairs takes about two to three weeks. These hairs should be allowed to fall out on their own and should not be manipulated by the patient.

Laser does not work well on light-colored hair, grey hair, white hair, as well as fine hair of any color such as vellus hair.



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