The Complete Laser Hair Removal Timeline

So you’ve started laser hair removal and you’re kind of wondering— when am I gonna be smooth forever? That’s a great question and, like most things in the medical world, it won’t be the same for everyone. Let’s discuss the how long it takes to go from razor burn and waxing strips to silky smooth year-round.

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Your first appointment

Most people see hair reduction in the desired area from their first laser hair treatment. This is a great reminder of how effective laser hair removal is.

Even though you see change immediately there’s several appointments in your future.

The middle of the road

Good news: you don’t have to schedule your next appointments at a set time. You can schedule your appointments whenever you’re free, and a big break between appointments won’t set your hair-free progress back.

Most people schedule appointments 2 and 3 about 4-6 weeks apart from each other as that’s how long it takes to regrow enough hair to be removed again.

Your final appointment

There are fine, white hairs all over our bodies called “Lanugo” that don’t respond well to lasers. Similarly, grey hair doesn’t respond well to lasers, either. These light-colored hairs aren’t a clear target for the laser, so removing these isn’t as effective. Dark body hair like leg hair or armpit hair typically responds better.

Regrowth after treatment

Some people are done with laser hair removal within 6 appointments while some people have to wait until their 10th appointment. Once again, this depends on your hair type, skin type, and the area that you’re progressively making smoother. The professional that’s walking you through this journey will be able to tell you how many appointments you should expect to have and even how long each appointment may take.

There’s the possibility of having to come in for touch-ups, but most people experience hair-free skin after their 10th appointment at the latest.

Now that you’re well-versed on the hair removal timeline from beginning to end, you can start planning for a hair-free future.


The best way to kickstart the laser hair removal process? Schedule a free consultation today.

Are you in the Columbia, MO area looking for laser hair removal? We’re here to answer your questions. Give us a call at (573) 256-5955 to set up a consultation.