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BY: LBL Team

Is Laser Hair Removal Really Worth It?

Why laser hair removal is worth the time and money

When it comes to removing body hair, you have options. There’s shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, threading, and sugaring, to name a few hair removal methods. And then there’s laser hair removal, which 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?

The Pros…

Laser hair removal is becoming an increasingly popular hair removal option for good reasons.

Let’s take a look at the benefits:

  • Laser hair removal drastically reduces hair growth to the point that you may be able to stop shaving altogether. Some people experience hair reduction of up to 80.8% depending on the type of laser used, according to The Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
  • 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. Most patients report that any discomfort is tolerable.
  • 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 things to consider:

  • It can take 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 six to eight sessions, depending on the area. You also have to wait four to six weeks between treatments.
  • It can be expensive. Depending on the area being treated, laser hair removal can cost a few hundred dollars per session. But, you can think of it as an investment. And in the long run, it’s actually more affordable than shaving.
  • Laser hair removal works on all skin types, but it doesn’t work on all hair colors. Light blonde hair, red hair, and gray or white hair are a challenge because laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin in hair follicles, so without melanin, there is no target for the laser. Patients with high-color contrasts tend to respond best to treatment.

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 expensive shaving, waxing, and electrolysis are over a lifetime.

Contact LaserAway for a free, no-obligation consultation to get started with laser hair removal. As the nation’s leader in aesthetic dermatology, LaserAway has committed over a decade to helping people of all skin types go fuzz-free for life and performed over 3 million treatments. Plus, all treatments are performed by experienced and skilled registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician associates, so you know you’re in good hands!

  1. Laser Hair Removal: Is It Really Worth It?,” Vogue, May 2, 2018.
  2. “Hair Removal with the Long-Pulse Alexandrite Laser,” Aesthetic Surgery Journal, March, 2005.
  3. “The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal,” Self, June 1, 2017.
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