How long does permanent hair removal take?

How long does it really take? 

It depends on a few things specific to your genes and hormones, by discussing the following with your Electrologist this will help them work out the best treatment for you and will also allow them to estimate a realistic timeline for you.

These include:

  1. How long has the treatment area been hairy?
  2. Is it getting hairier?
  3. How hairy is your family?
  4. Do you have other androgen-related symptoms?

Your Electrologist also needs to determine a few things based on an actual examination.  (You can’t see your hair over the phone so don’t even bother signing up with anyone if they only provide a phone consultation).

These include:

  1. How dense is the pattern?
  2. How course is the hair?
  3. How large is the treatment area?

Number of Sessions needed

From this information your Electrologist will be able to give you an estimate on how long your first session will take to initially clear the whole area.  For really large areas it may be a better option to clear the area in two separate sessions. Your Electrologist also needs to take into account if there are any resting hair follicles laying under the skin from previous hair removal attempts such as waxing so your second and third sessions will give them an idea of how quickly hair from resting follicles appear, and therefore how long and how quickly you will need to go back to keep the area clear. This timeframe can vary quite a bit from person to person.

As you can see there are a number of variables in laser hair removal so don’t expect exact predictions as to how long your whole course of treatment will take. With so many variables your Electrologist can only compare similar cases and make an informed estimation of time.  5 years is probably too long, 1-2 years is most common.


Let’s just repeat that for emphasis: No method of hair removal will ever permanently clear an area in less than 6-12 months – ever!!  Whether it is electrolysis, laser or anything else. So stay away from anyone claiming to be able to permanently clear an area in less time than is physically possible.

Why does it take so long?

Because of your hair growth cycle. If all your hair grew at the same time, you would be five times hairier than you currently are.  Nature does a great job of allowing new hair growth to occur consistently to ensure you are suitably covered at all times.   No hair removal process can kill the resting papillae until it grows its next hair, and as most papillae are still resting many months after the initial treatment it takes time.

If you would like more information feel free to contact me 

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