Why do I need Multiple sessions? Its all about hair growth.
The 4 Stages of Hair Growth
There are about 5 million hair follicles in the human body, and not all of them are at the same stage of hair growth. Men have more hair follicles than women (by a few hundred thousand), which is why they may need more treatments than women.
Anagen (Growing phase)
Hair Removal Treatments
The growing stage or the anagen is the best stage for a hair removal treatment. During the anagen stage, the hair strand is connected to the papilla, which in turn is connected to blood vessels that feed the hair and enable stem cells to grow into new hair. When a hair strand at the anagen stage receives IPL, laser or LHE treatment, the heat that is absorbed by the melanin in the hair is transmitted to the papilla.
The absorption of heat by the papilla destroys the root of the hair and prevents any new growth. This makes the anagen phase ideal for permanent hair reduction by laser. The hair is rich in melanin, which enables it to absorb the maximum amount of heat from the device.
Catagen (Regression Phase)
Hair follicle shrinks and starts detaching from the papilla at the catagen phase. While you still can get laser hair removal treatments at this stage, the results are not going to be as effective because there is no longer a direct connection to the root of the hair.
Telogen (Resting Phase) and Exogen (Shedding Phase)
At this stage, hair growth stops completely. The hair strand has totally detached from the papilla, so laser hair removal treatments are not going to work at this stage.
While in Exogen, the hair gradually loosens from the follicle and is eventually shed.
Therefore, in conclusion, laser hair removal is more effective in the active or anagen phase ogf hair growth and therefore multiple sessions are required
Case Study Female patient age 36
Hair growth to chin area – became more prevalent after pregnancy
Treatment with Laser Hair Removal – 11 sessions in total taken on average 4-6 weeks apart
Excellent result vast reduction in hair growth – client happy
Maintenance is essential with quarterly visits recommended
Cost per treatment 70.00
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