Does laser hair removal hurt?

If you are interested in a long-term hair removal solution, laser hair removal is the ideal choice.  Laser hair removal can be done on most parts of the body including the face, underarms, back, legs, and bikini area.  However, one of the most common questions people ask about the procedure is – Does laser hair removal hurt.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses laser energy to remove unwanted hair.   

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Most people that have done laser hair removal report feeling some amount of discomfort during treatment.  The sensation is often compared to having a rubber band snapped against the skin.  

The amount of discomfort patients feel during laser hair removal depends on their level of pain tolerance, as well as the area of the body being treated.  Patients may experience a bit more discomfort on sensitive areas such as the underarms and back, when compared to the stomach and arms (learn more). 

The type of technology used also impacts the amount of discomfort during laser hair removal.  Advanced laser systems are equipped with a cooling mechanism that cools the skin during treatment, in order to enhance comfort.   In addition, the treatment area is numbed with a topical anesthesia at the start of the procedure, helping to lessen any discomfort. 

When compared to alternative hair removal methods such as waxing and plucking, most patients agree that laser hair removal is very tolerable.  

If you are considering laser hair removal, it is best to have the procedure done by a qualified laser professional to ensure safety, and minimize discomfort. 

Would you like to learn more about laser hair removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Washington, D. C. area, Capital Laser & Skin Care, Chevy Chase, MD, is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (301) 798-9699.

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