Why Winter is the Best Time for Laser Hair Removal

The cold months of winter may be the time you usually let your leg hair grow freely, covering it up with long pants to stay warm. However, if you’re considering the many benefits of having laser hair removal treatments, winter may actually be the best time of the year to get started.

Dr. Hitchins offers safe and effective hair removal services to address unwanted hair on more than just your legs using the LightSheer® Duet™ laser system. With this versatile technology, she can tackle hair growth on your:

  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Underarms

The laser treatments are also powerful, but gentle enough, to address excess hair growth on the bikini line. LightSheer Duet offers several levels of wavelengths, allowing Dr. Hitchins more control over the procedure.

The science of hair

Your hair growth is dependent on your genetics and hormone activity. Because men have higher levels of the hair-boosting androgen hormones, their hair grows in more places and appears coarser and thicker than women’s body hair.

Interestingly, hair also has growth cycles causing different strands to grow at different times and speeds. Because of these phases, you need to begin laser hair removal treatments well in advance of special events or the summer season.

Addressing the active growth cycle

The LightSheer Duet system uses wavelengths of laser energy to destroy hair follicles beneath the skin when they’re in the active growth cycles.

Treatment is typically comfortable, although many people report feeling a slight stinging sensation when the laser is applied to the skin. These feelings resolve on their own immediately after treatment. Dr. Hitchins also offers an innovative cooling system during treatment of your more intimate areas, to keep you pain-free.

As not all of your hair follicles are in the active growth phase at the same time, you require additional treatments to address hair as it continues to move into the active stage. Depending on the coarseness and thickness of your hair, you may need up to six sessions to achieve your desired results.

The custom treatment plan your receive before the start of your treatment will outline what you can expect with laser hair removal sessions.

Benefits of early hair removal treatments

By starting your hair removal treatments in the winter months, you have plenty of time to address hair in all growth phases. Procedures are typically scheduled weeks apart to allow hair to become active. To achieve smooth, hair-free results on your legs, underarms, and other areas, it can take several months of laser treatments.

The good news is once you complete your sessions, you’ll remain free of unwanted body hair for good. Laser treatments are highly effective in reducing even the thickest hair growths without damaging your surrounding skin.

Another benefit of getting hair removal treatments early is the opportunity to care for your skin before you start enjoying more time in the sunshine. Laser procedures can make your skin extra sensitive to sun.

During the winter months, you can avoid the outdoors while you ensure your skin is properly moisturized. Immediately after a treatment, you may notice some dryness or flaking of your skin that requires a good skin cream to restore and help retain moisture.

You should also plan on using a high-quality sunscreen whenever your skin is exposed to the sun, even during the winter.


If you’re ready to ditch the razors and messy wax, contact Dermatology of Northwest Houston online or by phone to schedule your laser hair removal consultation.

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