Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Traditional hair removal methods are time-consuming, expensive, and often painful. Even worse, it’s only a matter of time before you have to repeat the process. With laser hair removal, you don’t have to worry about daily, weekly, or monthly sessions.  If you’re ready to have more time and money for the things in life you enjoy, you’re in the right place. Today, our experts at Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN are answering commonly asked questions about this treatment.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

The results of laser hair removal can last forever if you receive enough treatment sessions to stop the hair growth cycle in the treatment area completely.  The adequate number of sessions to achieve this will depend on the individual. That said, most people only need four to six sessions to stop the hair growth cycle permanently in their area of concern.

If you have particularly coarse hair, you may need up to 10 laser sessions to stop the hair growth cycle permanently. Our aesthetic experts will advise you on how many sessions you should need based on the area targeted for treatment, your skin and hair color, and the texture of your hair during your initial consultation. Your results will be permanent once the local hair growth cycle has been disrupted fully.

What Areas Can You Remove Unwanted Hair From?

Laser hair removal can be used to treat a number of problem areas. Here are a few of the areas that are commonly targeted for treatment:

The Legs

People love having unwanted hair removed from their legs because removing unwanted hair from this area is particularly time-consuming. Even worse skin irritation, such as razor bumps or razor burn, in this area is very visible and often uncomfortable. With laser therapy, you can safely and comfortably remove unwanted hair from your legs and enjoy smooth skin all year.

The Bikini Region

The skin in the bikini region is very likely to experience painful skin irritation as a result of traditional hair removal methods. Whether you shave, wax or use a depilatory cream to remove unwanted hair from your bikini region, the skin in the area usually feels irritated and seems to come back very quickly. With laser therapy, you never have to shave or wax down there again and you can feel confident in your smooth skin at all times.

The Upper Lip

Unwanted upper lip hair is particularly hard to treat. Sometimes, hair in this area even looks thicker when it grows back after shaving, waxing or tweezing. This laser treatment can eliminate unwanted upper lip hair permanently.

The Underarms

The skin under your arms isn’t very thick. As a result, irritation often occurs after shaving. Even if your skin doesn’t hurt after shaving, the itching that occurs the day after shaving is dreadful and distracting. With laser therapy, you can eliminate unwanted underarm hair permanently with no pain or skin irritation.

The Back

Men and women alike love laser hair removal to eliminate unwanted back hair permanently. There is no easy way to shave or wax the back without assistance from a loved one or professional. After a course of laser therapy sessions, you will never have to ask your partner to help you shave your back again. You can wear a backless dress or feel confident lounging by the pool without worrying about unwanted back hair or visible skin irritation from shaving.

The Arms

If you’re a swimmer, wrestler or rower, you’re probably sick and tired of shaving your arms to give yourself a leg up in your sport. With laser therapy, you don’t need to worry about shaving before a weigh-in or race. Additionally, you will never have to worry about whether your unwanted arm hair will grow back thicker or darker.

What Are the Advantages of This Treatment?

There are a number of advantages to laser hair removal besides the permanent removal of unwanted hair.

No More Skin Irritation

If you’ve tried other methods to remove unwanted hair in the past, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced skin irritation, such as razor burn. Skin irritation doesn’t just affect the appearance of your skin. It is also often uncomfortable. Laser therapy for the removal of unwanted hair ensures you never have to worry about irritated skin again.

Save Time and Money

One of the biggest drawbacks of traditional methods for removing unwanted hair is their time-consuming nature.  People often shave daily, and even professional waxing treatments have to be scheduled regularly to maintain smooth skin.

Furthermore, whether you opt for razors and shaving cream, depilatory cream or professional waxing treatments, you’re going to spend a lot of money over the course of your life maintaining hair-free skin. With laser therapy for the removal of unwanted hair, you can save time and money.

Smoother Skin

Another advantage of this treatment is the treated area is much smoother after the session is complete. Unlike traditional hair removal methods, laser therapy does not irritate the skin.


This treatment doesn’t just save you time in the future. It is also incredibly convenient. While you may need up to 10 treatment sessions to stop hair growth permanently, each session is very short. Your upper lip can be treated in a minute and your back can be treated in half of an hour.

FAQs Answered

Is This Treatment Painful?

No, you will not experience any pain during your laser hair removal session. The laser targets only the hair follicle in the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. Your skin is not affected at all.  Additionally, this treatment is not uncomfortable. Furthermore, you will experience no pain or side effects, like bumps or burns, once your session is over.

Is Laser Therapy Safe?

Yes, laser therapy is completely safe.

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Therapy?

If you have unwanted hair and are tired of wasting time and money using traditional removal methods, you will probably be considered a good candidate for this treatment. It is appropriate for virtually all healthy adults. However, we will discuss your health history to ensure you do not suffer from an underlying condition that would affect your treatment.

What if My Hair Is Thick?

If you have thick, dark hair, you may need an extra treatment session or two to achieve your desired results. Regardless of the number of treatments you need to achieve hair-free skin, you can enjoy permanent results after enough sessions. Additionally, each session will significantly thin the hair in the targeted area.

Can I Target Several Areas in One Session?

Yes, you may treat several areas of concern during the same session. For example, you only need to come in for one appointment if you are concerned about unwanted hair on your legs, back, and chest. Just let us know during your initial consultation which areas you would like to target for treatment and we will advise you on how long your session will take.

How Should I Prepare for My Laser Therapy Session?

To prepare for your laser therapy session, you should avoid removing unwanted hair the day before your treatment.  You should also wear sunscreen in the weeks leading up to your session to ensure your skin is not irritated when you come in for your appointment.

How Should I Care for My Skin After Treatment?

Minimize your time outdoors during the first two days after your session, and wear sunscreen when you can’t avoid going outside.

Painlessly Remove Unwanted Hair Today

You don’t have to worry about removing unwanted hair before considering a trip to the pool or wearing your favorite dress. Laser hair removal is a safe, effective, pain-free way to remove hair for good. Contact us today at Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN to schedule your initial consultation and learn more.