Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?

In this month’s blog post, I decided to discuss whether or not laser hair removal is worth it. Is it worth spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on it when it’s so painful and potentially might now work? To answer that question, we need to discuss pros and cons of different hair removal methods. The fact is that there are various options of hair removal and you need to consider all of them before making a decision. 

Different Methods Of Hair Removal

 

Shaving

  • Pros:

    • It is very quick, easy, painless, and cheap.

  • Cons:

    • It leaves ingrown hairs. 

    • Extra sensitive skin can get easily irritated.

    • Repetitive use causes red and dark spots.

    • It is not the safest as you can hurt yourself.

    • Hair grows back quicker, drier, and thicker.

 

Depilatory Cream

 

  • Pros:

    • It is pain free, no skills required, quick and easy to use at home, and relatively inexpensive.

  • Cons 

    • There is a chemical odor.

    • It can cause possible severe allergic reactions.

    • Frequent treatments required as hair will start to grow back within days.

 

Waxing

 

  • Pros

    • Skin feels so smooth after waxing

    • Stubble free skin

    • Slower hair regrowth

  • Cons

    • Temporarily removes hair at the root for an average of 3 weeks

    • It requires some hair regrowth in order to be effective

    • It is painful and itches very bad when hair grows back

 

Electrolysis

 

  • Pros

    • It is the only method approved by FDA as a permanent hair removal method.

    • It works on everyone regardless of hair color and texture or skin color and texture and each hair is zapped manually by a technician.

  • Cons

    • It is time consuming as each hair needs to be zapped individually.

    • It can hit the skin if hair isn't hit precisely and the process can be uncomfortable.

 

Laser Hair Removal

 

That finally brings us to a semi-permanent hair removal option that damages the hair follicle to minimize the hair growth.The laser detects the hair exclusively by focusing  on the pigment cell that resides in the hair follicle. Once the melanin in the hair is targeted, the laser burns all the way down the hair follicle and root. Now let's talk about pros and cons.

 

  • Pros

    • While laser hair removal doesn't get rid of hair  forever (remember electrolysis is the only one that can remove hair permanently), it does drastically reduce hair growth to the point that you can stop shaving all together.

    • It can be done anywhere on the body, no limit on the places done at one time, and the machine can cover larger areas fast.

    • When it comes to pain level, laser hair removal falls somewhere between shaving (painless) and waxing (that hurts). 

    • It works best on all skin types as it can differentiate hair and skin on all skin types.

  • Cons

    • It needs multiple sessions,somewhere between 6 to 8,and you generally have to wait 6 weeks between each treatment.

    • It is expensive but if you add up how much you spend on razors or waxing sessions in your lifetime, it is worth it. Also, you need to think of laser hair removal as a beauty investment.

    • If done by an untrained technician ,laser hair removal could leave burns and scars on the skin.

 

So to sum up, I would say that laser hair removal is worth spending money on it. After all, it’s the most commonly done aesthetic procedure.