IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORTH IT?

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If you are anything like me, you probably hate your hair. No not the hair on your head, although sometimes that can be an annoyance on humid days, I am referring to your body hair. Having milky pale skin with pretty much black hair means that I have probably about the worst combo when it comes to body hair. It is extremely noticeable.

When I was younger I shaved all the time, and of course that was the only option for me at the time. I had considered the electrolysis treatments of the past , but after talking to people who had it done, I decided it wouldn’t be worth the investment. A few years later I decided to start looking into laser hair removal, and I can tell you it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I have been getting a lot of questions about this topic lately, so I thought I would summarize some key points for anyone who is interested in doing these treatments.

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• What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a professional cosmetic treatment that is performed to remove unwanted facial and body hair. A laser is used to beam concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorb the light and the hair is destroyed. After several treatments, your hair removal will become permanent.

• Who is a good candidate for the treatment?

Unfortunately laser hair removal is not ideal for people with very fine light, or vellus hair. The laser is much more effective on dark, coarse, terminal hair. Having really light hair means that the follicle will not absorb the light.

• Where can you get the treatments done, and what are the best places?

Most all dermatologist offices will offer laser hair removal treatments, and that is the place that I would recommend the most since a dermatologist specializes in skin. Sometimes you can get the treatments done in a doctor’s office or a medical spa. I personally have only ever gone to a dermatologist, simply because they are better trained professionals. You can always look up someone’s credentials, which I also recommend doing.

• How much does it cost?

The cost varies significantly depending on the areas you are treating  and how many times you need to have it done. Sometimes you can get a better deal if you purchase a treatment package. I have even heard of buying 5 treatments and getting 1 for free. My arms for example cost me around $400 when all was said and done. I purchased a package for 5 treatments and that was all I needed for the hair to be completely gone on my arms. My legs were obviously more expensive. I would recommend you start with a smaller problem area first (hint hint) then work your way up to the larger areas.

• Do you see immediate results?

After you get your first treatment done you may feel a moment of disappointment when you see that your hair is growing back! That is normal. The hair is just pushing its way through and will fall out. You can usually schedule another treatment within 4 to 6 weeks. You will continue to get them done until your hair no longer grows back. Once that happens it is smooth sailing!

• What are the risks?

As with all cosmetic procedures, there are some risks associated with getting laser hair removal. For a couple of days the area of the skin that was treated will feel sort of like it was sunburned. You may experience some tenderness or slight swelling. Using cold compresses or cool unscented aloe vera gel will help to soothe irritation. There are also a number of post-treatment moisturizers that you can buy specifically for that. There have been instances where blisters can develop and even scarring. These are more rare side effects and are exactly the reason why you should always go to a skin professional.

• What do I do to prepare?

Do not tweeze, wax, thread, or do any sort of electrolysis treatment before laser hair removal. Remember the laser needs to detect the follicle, and if you have plucked it out it will not work. Also not tanning or excessive sun exposure, as this will also make the laser less effective.

• What does the treatment feel like?

If you go by my account it feels like little rubber bands snapping against your skin. Personally I find that very therapeutic. With every little zap I know a hair follicle is dying a slow death! It is not painful and should never be. Always trust your gut instinct. If something feels not quite right let the person performing the treatment know immediately! Always ask a ton of questions before and after so you can have all of the facts.

• What can I expect afterwards?

As I mentioned above, you will treat the areas like you would a sunburn. Do not, and I can not stress this enough, do not go to a tanning bed for at least 6 weeks afterwards. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! If you are a tanner this may not be a good thing for you to pursue as you will basically be advised not to tan for over 6 months if you keep up your treatments consistently. I never, ever, ever tan, never, so for me there was no great sacrifice.

Bottom line:

If you simply abhor your body hair and you meet the requirements to have the procedure done, then this is something that you will most likely find a worthwhile investment. I never had any adverse reactions to the treatments aside from some minor irritation and redness. I love my smooth skin! In my opinion getting laser hair removal pays for itself in the long run. When you think about how much money you will save on shaving cream, razors, water bills, and natural gas and propane bills over your lifetime it’s kind of a no brainer. Also consider how much time you will save in the mornings or evenings getting ready. It would not be amiss for me to also mention the fact that not having to shave while on vacation is a mini vacation all in itself! I absolutely recommend this as an investment in yourself!

Is laser hair removal something you are considering? If you have any questions let me know!

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16 Comments

  1. Whitney

    aaaaah I would love the results, but i’m just too scared to try this for now! not afraid of the pain, do you know if this is carcinogenic at all? and i’m scared something would go wrong during the procedure, too, haha.

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    1. The Beautorialist

      Not to the skin. The laser uses non-ionizing radiation. That means that it doesn’t break DNA bonds. As far as what is released into the air. There has been studies conducted on the plume that is released while the procedure is done. While there was evidence of a small amount of carcinogens being released into the air, it was only found to affect the practitioner performing the treatment. There have been no cases of any cancer linked to laser hair removal, and it has been over 15 years now since laser hair removal came around. As someone who studied in the medical field I can tell you those are pretty good statistics. But if you feel any reservations whatsoever, always go with your gut! The treatment certainly is not without its risks. I had a great doctor! Made all the difference!

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  2. Amanda

    Sweet! I didn’t know you did this. One day when I have the funds it would be nice. I feel like I am already super splurging just getting my under arms and half leg wax. I use Nair on my arms and thighs. Would be nice to be permanent one day down the road though!

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      1. Amanda

        Haha sorry, yes! Amanda Fowler. didn’t think to link to an account that would have a photo or put my last name, oops. I’m pretty much a depilatory junkie. Have been for years. I have a waxing appointment this afternoon, which is a more recent thing. the growing it out to wax it I am not fond of. hopefully I damage the hair follicles enough to stop them from growing back eventually.

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  3. naomiinwonderland

    It’s something I’ve always considered doing, I know it’s just a very pricey thing to do, so I’ll have to wait a few more years, maybe after I stop traveling non-stop haha.

    But this post has been super helpful and informative, saving this one!

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  4. jodi - a brash attitude

    I lucked into a package deal for around $400 (CAD) for nine sessions on underarms, bikini line and half leg (knee to ankle). I finished the treatments a year ago, and I must say, that it worked pretty well for all three areas. I think I’m going to book a “touch-up” treatment for my underarms and bikini line because they are not 100% hairless (but very nearly so). It was worth it for me. I didn’t find it to be painful at all on the legs, and for the underarms and bikini line it just felt uncomfortably odd (the suction part was worse than the “zap” for me).

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    1. The Beautorialist

      That is a great deal actually! Really good deal. Yes the touch up is necessary, but as you continue the maintenance, you will have to only do it once in a blue moon. I agree. I didn’t find it painful at all. I do have a pretty strong pain tolerance though, so I feel like I am not the best person to give advice about that part.

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  5. stashmatters

    My bf did this for his back and he’s SO happy. He bought a package off Groupon and did it for a year and was pleased with the results. Then about 6 months later, he saw more regrowth (I guess due to the hair growth cycle) so he bought another package and did another year. Now his back isn’t 100% hair-free but it looks normal (I think completely hairless would be weird looking on him) and he’s really glad he went through with it. In total he spent about $1k
    I’m thinking of doing my underarm and bikini line – I have friends who have done it and they are very happy to never have to wax or shave again. I’ll likely wait until fall / winter to start since I can’t wax during the process, I want smooth skin during the summer!

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  6. Chanele Edwards

    I love this. I’ve alwayyyys wanted to get laser hair removal. Being of indian decent and having PCOS is not a good mix when it comes to hair growth so I’ve literally wanted this since the age of 14. The only thing is, I’ve heard some people say that the method is not actually permanent and after some time the hair will start to grow back so you need “top up” treatments. That’s the only thing that has put me off. I don’t want to waste all that money for nothing, otherwise I would book an appointment tomorrow.

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    1. The Beautorialist

      You will need a touch up treatment. After everything was said and done with mine I had to go back about 9 months later. After that a year, and now it has been around 2 years that I haven’t seen any regrowth. The only place I have not kept up on as much is my legs. Legs are more pricey to do. I am due for another round. Everyone is different, and will accept the treatment differently. Do you have a dermatologist that you see regularly? If so talk to him, they really do put your mind at ease and can answer all of those nagging questions. Where do you live? I can talk to my dermatologist and see if there is anyone in your area he would recommend.

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