Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?

When it comes to removing unwanted body hair, there is no shortage of options. But shaving too often can be a hassle with razor burn, ingrown hairs, and how often you need to do it. And options like waxing and hair removal lotions can be expensive over time and are often painful and damaging to the skin. If you’re sick of these methods, laser hair removal could be an enticing option. But what exactly is it, and is it worth the price? Let’s explore.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is the process of exposing the hair follicles to quick bursts of light (lasers), which damage and destroy them, preventing them from growing back right away. Usually, it takes between two and six sessions to see noticeable results, (meaning the hair simply takes longer to grow back each time). During the procedure, you will wear glasses to protect your eyes, and you may feel a quick sting on the treatment spot, similar to a rubber band being flicked on your skin. You may also notice some discoloration or bruising immediately after, but this usually fades quickly. All-in-all, it is a fairly easy, quick, and painless process. In fact, the pain associated with waxing is typically much greater than the pain associated with a laser.

Things to Think About

One important factor to consider with laser hair removal is the cost. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of laser hair removal was $389 in 2020. However, the price can range from $125 to $1,000 per treatment, depending on your location, provider, and type of laser used.

Another thing to think about is which part of the body you want your hair removed. For example, your upper lip will not cost as much as your legs. Also, because the melanin in the hair itself absorbs the light, laser hair removal is best for people with darker hair and lighter skin tones. An initial consultation with a specialist will be the best way to determine if you qualify for laser hair removal and how much it will cost.

Is It Worth It?

So, the real question: Is it worth it? That is ultimately up to you. If you struggle with dark hair, ingrown hairs, razor burn, or sensitive skin – or are simply tired of shaving every day or waxing every few weeks – laser hair removal may be worthwhile. While it may cost more upfront, you could save money and time in the long run. We recommend speaking with a dermatologist or laser hair removal specialist to get all the facts before making your decision.

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