Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It? Your FAQs, Answered

Evolus Digital
Apr 13, 2020 · 4 min read

“Is this crazy discount for 50% off laser hair removal legit, and should I use it?”

“Where are the best places to go for a laser hair removal treatment?”

“Am I supposed to shave before?”

“Does laser hair removal hurt?”

“Is laser even worth it, compared to waxing and shaving?”

If you’ve ever been curious to try laser hair removal, you’ve probably found yourself asking some of these questions. We get it!

You should always consult a physician to determine if any treatment is right for you, but consider this your quick crash course in this popular modern hair removal method.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Thanks to modern advances in laser hair removal, you can say goodbye to the pain, razor bumps and breakouts that often accompany shaving and waxing. Laser hair removal is a medical procedure conducted by certified professionals that uses a concentrated beam of light (or a laser) focused on the hair follicles.

As the pigment or melanin in the hair absorbs the laser, the light energy is then converted to heat, which damages or inhibits future hair growth right at the source.

Common Laser Hair Removal FAQs

How Safe Is It?

Laser treatments have been around for over two decades, and since then have come a long way in terms of technological advancements.

There do not appear to be any longterm health risks associated with laser hair removal. As with any procedure, your specialist will walk you through the necessary safety precautions before your first treatment.

One of the most important things to do is protect your eyes from the laser beam by wearing glasses or goggles (if you’re wondering, yes they look as cute as they sound). You’ll also want to pay close attention to any explicit pre- or post treatment instructions or questions asked by your specialist.

For example, it’s best not to do a session while taking antibiotics or directly after prolonged sun exposure. Hot tip: planning on doing laser before a vacation? Make sure you schedule appointments appropriately! You’ll need to limit sun exposure both immediately before and after treatment.

Of course, these are not all of the safety precautions — be sure to ask your specialist about how to prepare for your treatment.

How Long Does It Take to See Results? How Long Do Results Last?

Results depend on several factors, from the area being treated to the pigment and thickness of your hair. As for the total treatment time until your hair is effectively reduced? On average, it takes about 4 to 6 treatments. However, if you have darker or coarser hair, it could take up to 8 treatments.

One important thing to know is that although laser effectively prevents hair growth, it doesn’t completely eradicate it permanently. After completing a series of sessions as recommended by your specialist, you can expect to enjoy your hair-free results for up to two years, with future sessions needed for maintenance.

Does It Hurt?

This is usually the top question on everyone’s minds, for good reason! Most people describe the feeling as a bearable sting, similar to how a quick “snapping” of a rubber band might feel against your skin.

The pain only lasts a few seconds, and after the treatment, your skin might be extra sensitive, which is totally normal. Of course, the level of pain fluctuates slightly from one area to another — for example, the bikini line is more painful than most areas for women.

How Long Does An Appointment Take?

Smaller areas (such as the armpits) will only take a few minutes since each follicle can be zapped in a millisecond, while a larger surface area like the legs or back could take half an hour.

If you’re treating several small to mid-sized areas at once — a common way to make the most of each appointment — you can plan on every visit lasting about 15–20 minutes.

Will It Be Effective on My Hair?

Laser hair removal works on almost all types of skin and hair color, from Type 1 on the Fitzpatrick scale (very light-skinned), all the way up to Type 5 or 6 (dark skin). There are variations in the effectiveness and length of treatment duration, though.

Lighter hair like blonde, gray and orange hair is sometimes difficult to treat. Alexandrite or diode lasers are usually used on lighter-skinned people, while an Nd:YAG laser is used on darker skin. Some clinics use IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which has a higher risk of causing burns, but can be used on all hair.

As with any treatment, it’s always best to consult with your specialist about whether laser hair removal is right for you!

Risks Associated with Laser Hair Removal

As with most medical procedures, laser hair removal has a few potential side effects and risks. The FDA lists some of them as blistering, discoloration, redness and scarring. They vary according to factors like skin color, hair color, treatment plans, and how strictly you adhere to pre and post-treatment care.

  • Skin Irritability: Temporary puffiness and redness are common after laser hair removal.
  • Pigment changes: The lasered area might darken or lighten slightly, but is usually temporary.

Ready to take the next step and book an appointment? Find a specialist near you who offers laser hair removal today!

At Evolus, our goal as a performance beauty company is to use scientific advances to create FDA-approved products that hold their own just as well in unfiltered reality as they do on social media. Learn more about our specialists and the other treatments they offer at!

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