Is Laser Hair Removal Really Worth ItWhen it comes to removing body hair, you have options. There's shaving, electrolysis, waxing, depilatory creams, threading, and sugaring. And then there's laser hair removal.

Of all these options, only laser hair removal results in permanent hair reduction after a series of treatments. That means, after a few sessions, you can throw away your razor and cancel your waxing sessions.

But the question remains -- is laser hair removal really worth all the time and money?

Here are the pros

Laser hair removal is becoming an increasingly popular hair removal option for good reasons. Some of the pros include:

  • Laser hair removal drastically reduces hair growth to the point that you can stop shaving altogether. Some people experience a hair reduction of up to 80%.
  • You can get it done anywhere on the body, like legs, back, underarms, bikini line, stomach, and face -- there is really no limit.
  • When it comes to pain, laser hair removal is somewhere in between shaving and waxing. The treated area is usually numbed before and after the laser treatment using ice. It also gets progressively less painful with each successive session.
  • It's safe. Laser hair removal causes no damage to the dermis, so even the most sensitive skin can be treated.

...And the cons

While laser hair removal does offer amazing results, there are some cons:

  • It takes several months. While the session itself doesn't last that long, you'll need multiple sessions to achieve noticeable results. On average, most people need anywhere between three and eight sessions, depending on the area. You also have to wait six weeks between treatments.
  • It's costly. Laser hair removal costs around $200 to $400 per session. But, you can think of it as an investment.
  • It works best on fair skin with dark hair. This is because the laser can pick out what to target based on color contrast. In people with darker skin types, the pigment-rich skin competes with the hair follicle, so there is little contrast. Rest assured, though -- specific lasers, like the Nd:YAG, are better at distinguishing between hair and skin on all skin types.

The answer is YES

Taking into consideration both the pros and cons of laser hair removal, it's still the most effective and cost-effective hair removal treatment around. This is especially true if you consider how much it is possible to spend over a lifetime on waxing and electrolysis.

  1. "Laser Hair Removal: Is It Really Worth It?," Vogue, May 2, 2018.
  2. "The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal," Self, June 1, 2017.

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