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What Happens When You Get Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a very simple treatment and isn't very complicated, even when laser hair removal is compared to shaving.

What happens when you get laser hair removal is dependent on what areas you're going to have treated.

For instance, a full laser hair removal treatment on the legs will take approximately 30 minutes. On the other hand a smaller area such as the upper lip is around 5 minutes. Its all about the thickness of the hair and the size of the surface area being treated. Bigger people will require more time and smaller people will need less time.

Fortunately, the Excel HR Laser by Cutera is designed for hair removal, making the process relatively quick and painless. Moreover, there is no downtime, although redness may be present on the targeted area for up to three days. 

Most patients need a minimum of 6 sessions to achieve optimal results.

How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Take?

Each area that you target through laser hair removal will take a different amount of time.

Below are the most common treatment areas and how long you can expect them to take on average:

  • The abdomen takes 30 minutes to fully target.
  • Full arms will take 30 minutes to fully target, the lower arms or upper arms would take just 15 minutes to treat.
  • The whole back will take 45 minutes to fully treat, just the lower or upper back would take less than 30 minutes.
  • A Brazilian bikini treatment usually takes 30 minutes to fully treat.
  • The chest usually takes 30 minutes to fully target.
  • A full face treatment usually takes 15 minutes to fully target.
  • The hands usually takes less than 15 minutes to fully treat.
  • A full leg treatment takes 45 minutes to fully treat, the upper or lower leg usually takes less than 30 minutes.
  • The neck takes 15 minutes to fully treat.
  • The shoulders 15 minutes to fully treat
  • An underarm treatment will take around 15 minutes to fully target.

If the face is targeted, sunscreen is definitely required to go outside. The skin is in a state of increased sensitivity after any laser procedure, so it's best to be cautious when exposed to sunlight.

To get even more specific answers, we suggest you make a consultation or read our laser hair removal FAQs!

Consultations are quick, and the desired treatment area(s) will be assessed, along with the hair type, skin type/color, and amount of hair. 

This allows a nurse to customize the treatment settings for your desired and personalized results! Naturally she can also tell you how long the treatment will take.

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