How Often Should You Do IPL?

Herriott Grace - Laser Hair Removal

How Often Should You Do IPL?

As a professional laser technician, I often get asked about the ideal frequency for laser hair removal treatments. The answer to this question can vary depending on several factors, including the individual's hair growth cycle, the area of the body being treated, and the type of laser being used.

Generally speaking, laser hair removal targets the pigmented cells in hair follicles. The laser energy is absorbed by these pigmented cells, which damages the hair follicle and stops hair growth. The ideal time to treat hair follicles is when they are in the active growth phase or the "anagen" phase. This is why a series of treatments is typically recommended, as all hair follicles in a given area may not be in the active growth phase simultaneously.

When it comes to the ideal frequency of treatments, it is typically recommended to wait around 4-8 weeks between treatments. This time frame allows hair in the treated area to begin shedding and for new growth to appear. However, it is essential to note that hair growth patterns can vary depending on the individual, so some people may require more frequent treatments while others may need less.


How often can you do laser hair removal?

While the ideal frequency of laser hair removal is essential, it is also crucial to avoid treating an area too frequently. Over-treating can cause irritation and damage to the skin. It can also increase the risk of side effects like burns, pigmentation changes, and scarring. Therefore, it is essential to follow the treatment schedule the laser technician recommends to achieve maximum results while minimizing risk.

On the other hand, spacing laser hair removal sessions too far apart can also cause problems. This is because hair growth can come back, and you will have to repeat the process again. This can lead to additional costs.

In a professional setting, it is essential to make an individualized assessment of each patient's hair growth patterns. In addition, it is essential to consult with them to determine the ideal frequency of laser hair removal treatments. As with any medical procedure, weighing the risks and benefits is vital before embarking on a course of treatment.


How often can you do IPL or laser hair removal at home?

This depends on your device, but esthetician Samantha Welch recommends an average of weekly sessions.

A proper assessment of hair growth patterns and a proper consultation with your physician or esthetician are crucial to determine the ideal frequency of laser hair removal treatments. Too frequent or irregular sessions may lead to unwanted consequences.



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