Laser Hair Removal: Painful or Pleasant?

When deciding whether or not to receive laser hair removal treatments, people often want to know, in addition to laser hair removal costs and results, does laser hair removal hurt?

Because reactions to treatment and skin sensitivity can differ from patient to patient, it's hard to say definitively if laser hair removal will be painful for you. The majority of laser hair removal patients admit to some minor discomfort during treatment, but if so, it's temporary and usually briefly felt.

What Does a Treatment Feel Like?

The level of discomfort that's commonly felt during laser hair removal procedures has been likened to that of waxing, but the sensation itself has been compared to the light snapping of a rubber band against the skin. Many patients even say they grew accustomed to the sensation after their first laser hair removal treatment. For smaller, more delicate treatment areas like the bikini line, upper lip, and underarms, hair removal patients can choose to apply a topical anesthetic cream* prior to treatment to decrease their sensitivity.

How Will I Respond to Laser Hair Removal?

Besides having a personal grasp of your own pain threshold, the best way to learn how you will respond to laser hair removal treatments is to consult with a professional at a trusted laser clinic. Whether you're wanting to remove unwanted hair on the face or body with laser hair removal, a licensed cosmetic specialist can help determine which method of permanent hair reduction will be the most effective, the safest, and the most pain-free for you, based on your skin's specific conditions.

*Topical anesthetics can pose serious health risks if applied incorrectly. Always enlist the help of a laser skin care specialist to administer anesthetic creams before face or body hair removal treatments.

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