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Does laser hair removal hurt?

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Laser hair removal is one of the only ways to permanently reduce unwanted body hair, and it is a very popular service performed by medical spas across the country. As compared to electrolysis, waxing, and other methods of hair removal, one might wonder, “does laser hair removal hurt?”

The pain of laser hair removal is usually compared to that of a snapping rubber band. During laser hair removal, a beam of light and heat is directed at the hair follicles. This beam is absorbed by the follicle, and causes the hair to be damaged at the root. Over several sessions, this leads to a 70-80 percent decrease in hair is possible.

Does laser hair removal hurt in comparison to Electrolysis?

Laser hair removal is less painful and time-consuming than the other method of permanent hair reduction, electrolysis. During electrolysis, a small metal tool is placed in the hair follicle. An electrical current must be passed through each individual follicle to destroy the hair from the root. Because this method must be applied to each hair individually, electrolysis takes a very long time. It is also significantly more painful. Laser hair removal, in comparison, can cover larger areas of skin in a shorter amount of time.

Does laser hair removal hurt in comparison to Waxing?

The discomfort associated with laser hair removal is usually compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin.During waxing, hair is stripped from the skin in several painful pulls. The process of waxing needs to be done every 3-4 weeks- it is not a permanent way to reduce hair. The cost and discomfort that goes along with with waxing over time makes laser hair removal a good alternative.

Most patients find it bearable and that the treatment is worth the results. The discomfort experienced by laser hair removal patients also is influenced by which part of the body the service is being performed on. More sensitive areas, such as the face or bikini line, can be more painful. The answer to “does laser hair removal hurt?” is a little, but not much. In general, laser hair removal is fast, effective, and great for those who cannot take discomfort of electrolysis.

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