Are You Able to Shave or Use Other Forms of Hair Removal Between Sessions?
This is a biggie. "You can shave in between sessions but cannot wax or tweeze," said Karavolas. Laser hair removal targets the hair follicle, meaning tweezing or waxing which pulls the hair out by the base, is a no-go.
Unlike waxing, you are allowed to shave between sessions without worrying about tampering with the results. When it's time for your next follow-up appointment, just make sure the hair is still visible.
What Should You Wear During Treatment?
This depends on the area you're getting treated. For an underarm session, you can leave your shirt on as long as the sleeves can be rolled up. "By rolling the sleeve up right towards their shoulder, the underarm area is exposed, thereby allowing the technician to treat the area," said Karavolas. "Normally, one keeps their bra on."
For your bikini line, you have options. "Keeping the underwear on is fine, as the bikini line covers a few inches outside and a few inches inside. One can also wear disposable underwear that could make the treatment much easier." If you leave your underwear on, the technician may ask you to pull your clothing to the side to ensure it doesn't get in the way.
About How Many Sessions Does It Take to Start Seeing Results?
"Depending on the area treated, it can take two to three sessions to start seeing results," said Karavolas. But keep in mind that everyone is different and that timing can vary. For permanent hair reduction, it usually takes six to eight sessions in total, spaced about six weeks apart. This is because you have to wait for the hair to come back during the next growth cycle each time.
Your technician will be able to give you an idea on how many treatments you'll need and how frequently you should return.