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The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal in Minneapolis

Men and women alike know the feeling of spending what seems like too much time on their hair removal. It’s annoying to shave, pluck, wax, thread, or tweeze on a frequent basis to get the smooth skin you want and worse yet, these processes can also be painful. Just because it’s become a habit, however, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. 

Laser hair removal in Minneapolis at Vively Body Science is a highly effective way to get the long-lastingly smooth skin you’re after. While other methods of hair removal are time-consuming. costly, and often less effective, laser hair reduction treatments at our med spa in Wayzata treat your unwanted hair at its source!

Read on to learn more about laser hair reduction treatments and the benefits using our two premier treatments, Forever Bare BBL and ClearHair. We also address some of the common myths and misconceptions regarding laser hair removal in Minneapolis.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

To start, laser hair removal doesn’t actually involve “removal” of hair. Though you may experience great results after your first treatment, one laser hair removal treatment won’t completely remove all of your hair! What most patients think of as laser hair removal is actually hair reduction. 

As a result, patients visiting our office in Wayzata will have to schedule an initial series of treatments, and annual or semi-annual maintenance treatments to get the lasting smooth skin they’re searching for.

The reason the treatment has gained so much popularity across the Twin Cities and the United States is due to its ability to reduce hair growth at the source. While waxing, shaving, threading and plucking may require daily, weekly, or monthly sessions, patients using laser hair removal can experience results in a series of around 6 to 8 treatments. 

The difference is in the use of controlled wavelengths from laser energy. The providers at Vively Body Science use two different procedures, Forever Bare BBL and ClearHair, to safely penetrate the skin with these wavelengths before the hair follicles absorb them. Once in the skin, that laser energy directly targets the melanin within the hair bulb.

When that energy turns into heat, it damages the hair’s growth area without harming any of the surrounding skin cells. Once we damage the growth area at its source, the hair doesn’t grow back as effectively. This is what we mean by permanent hair reduction.

Contrast this approach with shaving and waxing, which are more of a short-term fix to reduce your hair. Shaving works to cut parts of the hair shaft, which is what causes that prickly feeling you get after shaving. Meanwhile, while waxing does pull the hair from the root, it doesn’t effectively damage the hair follicles to prevent future growth. Ultimately, this is what sets laser hair removal apart from other hair removal methods.

The Hair Growth Cycle

To get a better understanding of whether or not laser hair removal in Minneapolis will work permanently, we need to talk about the hair growth cycle. We won’t give you too much of a science lesson, but a quick overview of the “why” behind the hair growth cycle can be very helpful prior to your treatment. 

The reality is that your hair grows in different phases, which means that it will require multiple treatments to achieve permanent hair reduction. 

The hair growth cycle is, essentially, three phases.

Phase 1️⃣ Active Growing (AKA the Anagen Phase)

The Anagen phase is known as the “active growing” phase of your hair growth cycle, when their hair bulb is still intact. This is where laser hair removal is at its most effective. This is because the hair grows in multiple directions (both upward and downward) during this phase, and the hair bulb is the closest to your skin’s surface. Additionally, the Anagen Phase is also when your hair contains a large quantity of melanin.

Phase 2️⃣ Regression (AKA the Catagen Phase)

The Catagen Phase is the short, intermediate phase that occurs after Anagen and before Telogen (the final phase). During this phase, the body absorbs the lower third of the hair follicle, and the lower part of the hair stops its growth, although it hasn’t shed yet.

Phase 3️⃣ Resting (AKA the Telogen Phase)

During the Telogen Phase, the hair follicles are in what’s known as the “resting” period. This means that they no longer have their bulb, which leads to the creation of “club hair”. When the hair is in this stage, it will either fall out by itself or get pushed out by growing follicles. 

Like we mentioned, laser hair removal in Minneapolis will involve multiple treatment sessions. You won’t be able to permanently reduce all of your hair follicles at once, and you’ll likely even notice hair growing back. Laser hair removal removal only treats hair during the Anagen Phase, and because your hair doesn’t all grow in the same cycle, you’ll need more than one session at our med spa in Wayzata.

However, as you continue your initial treatments and as your follicles move through the cycle, you’ll notice less and less hair growth. In some cases, hair doesn’t return at all! This, in particular, is what makes laser hair removal more effective and far less time consuming than other common hair removal methods. Because of this, we see patients from all across the Twin Cities visit our clinic for permanent hair reduction. 

Additional Benefits of Laser Hair Removal in Minneapolis

We’ve already mentioned how laser hair removal is a highly effective treatment, but there are additional benefits as well. Some of the other perks that our patients rave about when it comes to treatment include:


Both Forever Bare BBL and ClearHair are both capable of covering larger body areas with minimal treatment time. This means that you won’t have to spend extended time in the treatment room and can begin experiencing smooth skin fast! Depending on the treatment area, your laser hair removal in Minneapolis may take anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour. 


Both treatments offered at our clinic in Wayzata are completely safe and non-invasive. Forever Bare BBL’s advanced technology protects the skin with soft waves of light, rather than full bursts, making it effective for even the most sensitive skin types. ClearHair, meanwhile, uses technology that is safe for all skin types, and even those with tanned skin, and is also effective at removing vascular lesions and ingrown hairs!


One of the best attributes of laser hair removal isn’t just it’s effectiveness, however. The procedure is highly versatile and you can use it to treat several different areas of the body. This includes your:

  • Face
  • Legs
  • Underarms
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Bikini area
  • And more

That said, laser hair removal in Minneapolis won’t be the ideal treatment for everyone. You should always speak to a professional to ensure that using a laser to treat your unwanted hair is the safe and ideal option for your unique needs and goals. 

Our team at Vively Body Science will meet with you for an initial consultation to better understand your needs, concerns, and goals for treatment. If you’re a good candidate, our nurse practitioners and skincare specialists will then determine the number of treatments needed for your ideal outcome.

Common Myths & Misconceptions of Laser Hair Removal

Thousands of patients across the Twin Cities have experienced the benefits of laser hair removal in Minneapolis. However, we know that some people may be hesitant to make the leap because of some information that they’ve heard at one point or another. There are a lot of misconceptions about laser hair removal, so below, our expert physicians debunk a few of the most common myths we’ve heard from past patients:

Myth: Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Work on Darker Skin Colors

Laser hair removal in Minneapolis can provide great results for those with a variety of different skin tones, including those with darker skin! Though the Forever Bare BBL tends to be more effective on those with light or medium skin, ClearHair uses Nd:YAG wavelengths to provide lastingly smooth skin for those with darker tones. Your provider will provide a proper recommendation for treatment during your initial consultation. 

Myth: Laser Hair Removal is Painful

Though it’s true that every person has a different pain tolerance, the fact is that laser hair removal is a relatively pain-free procedure! Both our Forever Bare BBL and ClearHair treatments utilize a cooled sapphire plate during the procedure in order to ensure comfort throughout, and the heat and energy used to target the follicles are administered at therapeutic levels.

Many compare the feeling of laser hair removal to that of a rubber band lightly snapping against the skin. Additionally, the treatment also tends to be less painful than other hair removal methods, such as waxing. 

Myth: Laser Hair Removal Is Dangerous

Even the use of the word “laser” can invoke images of some dangerous or scary machine. The truth is, however, that laser hair removal in Minneapolis is both non-invasive and completely safe! With FDA approval and FDA clearance for Forever Bare BBL and ClearHair respectively, neither of these treatments pose any threat to your health and wellness. 

Each device has been successfully used at thousands of clinics across the world for lasting results, and both have been rigorously tested prior to hitting the market. Additionally, each of our providers is extensively trained to use these devices, ensuring your full safety throughout the entire process.

That said, beware of other salons or spas in Minneapolis that offer “groupon” discounts or other too-good-to-be-true pricing on laser hair removal services. This might indicate that they are using older devices; don’t have the proper level of medical training to use their device; or both.

Myth: Laser Hair Removal is Expensive

Everyone’s budget is different and each person will have a different standard for what they deem as “expensive”. However, when you factor in the effectiveness of laser hair removal, the treatment compares favorably to other hair removal methods. Think about how much you spend on razors and shaving cream throughout your lifetime, or how much that monthly waxing appointment costs (some estimates say that the lifetime value of monthly waxing is over $24,000 😱).

Compare those costs with laser hair removal which can destroy hair follicles at their source to provide long-lasting smooth skin. Add in occasional maintenance treatments, and may even be saving money (not to mention time) in the long-run.

Myth: Laser Hair Removal Will Cause Hair to Grow Back Longer

As you may have gathered by now, this myth just isn’t true at all! While your hair will likely grow back some, due to the fact that your hair grows in different cycles, it certainly won’t grow back faster or thicker. In fact, continued treatments will ensure significant hair growth reduction. In some cases, the hair doesn’t grow back at all!

However, it is important that you stick to your treatment plan so we can effectively target your hair while it’s still in the Anagen phase. Though you might see great results after just one treatment, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear for the rest of your life. Continued treatments will help make sure that your provider targets every single follicle in the treatment area. 

Ready to start your laser hair removal in Minneapolis? Visit Vively Body Science for a complimentary consultation!

Forever Bare BBL and ClearHair are two of the most effective options for laser hair removal on the market, and both are available right in our Wayzata med spa! When you visit our office for an initial complementary consultation, we’ll help determine which of the two treatments is right for you. 

Vively Body Science is conveniently located in Wayzata, Minnesota at 1133 Wayzata Blvd East. Our physicians and co-founders have over 40 years of combined experience; we operate our medical spa with highly trained, expert staff.

Our patients come to us from all over Minnesota’s Twin Cities and western suburb areas, including: Deephaven, Golden Valley, Long Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, Orono, Plymouth, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, and Woodland.

Schedule your complimentary skin consultation with a laser hair removal specialist to learn how we can help your skin look its best. Call us at 952.388.3113, schedule an appointment online, or try out an instant virtual consultation.

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