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Is Laser Hair Removal Painful? The Answer Might Surprise You

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So, you’ve tried just about every way to keep the hair on your arms, legs, or anywhere else from growing back so quickly. Shaving is tedious, and nicking yourself is never a fun time. Waxing - all pain for very little gain! 

So where does that leave you? Obviously, you can’t just zap your hair follicles into not growing hair. 

…Or can you? 

What if you can have your hair follicles professionally zapped into oblivion? 

Good news: You can! That’s what laser hair removal is all about. Laser aesthetic treatments target each follicle precisely to prevent it from growing hair for good (for the most part).

Lasers, though. Does that hurt? 

Sure, some lasers in the world are more intense than others. There’s no denying that, and your natural skin sensitivity may play a role in pain tolerance.

As objectively as possible, let’s answer the question you might be asking yourself: Is laser hair removal painful? 

How Laser Hair Removal Works 

When you’re ready to say goodbye to those hairs for a long time, you start the process with a consultation. Your aesthetic specialist will learn everything about your skin, your goals, and they’ll help you determine if laser aesthetics are the right treatment for you. 

Once you’re ready to start, a device is used to beam the laser directly to the target area. There, it will essentially zap the follicle and prevent it from growing hair, typically after 8-10 sessions with minimal touch-ups needed. 

Beyond the longevity of the treatment, you might also want to know if there’s anything else you get out of it. Here’s a good surprise - you do! 

Some other benefits of laser hair removal include: 

  • Only where you need it - Lasers go right to the hair follicle and leave the surrounding skin untouched.
  • Speedier than others - Laser hair removal can move quickly, depending on the area you want to target. Somewhere like the upper lip might only take a few minutes while larger areas can be done in under an hour.
  • No maintenance needed - You don’t need any medication, topical products, or anything else to keep the effects lasting! Once you've completed 8-10 sessions, you'll only need minimal touch-ups as necessary.
  • Cost-friendly - Rather than buying blades, shaving creams, wax strips, or other hair removal products over and over again, you only have to pay for the cost of the package. Some aesthetic studios (like Chapter) offer free, unlimited touch-ups.
  • Minimal side effects - Most guests don’t experience any notable side effects other than maybe some redness or mild discomfort. These usually go away in about an hour! 
  • Better skin texture - Taking hair growth out of the picture creates smoother, softer skin that you’ll absolutely love! 

Okay, So Tell Me: Is Laser Hair Removal Painful? 

Ok, let's answer your burning question: is it painful?

Laser hair removal is relatively not painful! Many who undergo the procedure describe it as a similar sensation to that of a rubber band snapping against the skin, but it normally doesn’t cause any significant or sharp pain. 

Depending on the treatment you receive, you could also ask for a laser device with a cooling feature like LightSheer with its signature ChillTip™ technology to keep everything as comfortable as possible while it makes contact with your skin! 

If you are worried about it hurting, though, there’s no shame in that! You can definitely gain without the pain.

The easiest option is to relax and remain calm through the whole treatment process. The less anxious you will be, the more comfortable you will feel. The process is relatively quick, and it’ll all be over soon in just a little bit of time! 

If that sounds like too little, we get it. You can always ask your aesthetic specialist about a topical solution to reduce pain, like a numbing cream or cooling gel for an extra layer of confidence. 

Lastly, consider asking if your skin and hair type are suitable for any laser hair removal devices that use cooling technology. This will help to further minimize any sensations when making contact with the skin. 

Ready? Get Laser Hair Removal in New Hartford, NY

So there you have it! Laser hair removal is virtually painless and provides a warming sensation that makes it feel like night and day from waxing.

If you’re ready to finally say goodbye to those pesky hairs and give yourself much-needed relief from shaving and waxing, make your appointment with us today for laser hair removal in New Hartford, NY! Our team at Chapter Aesthetic Studio will guide you through the entire process so you can feel more comfortable and confident in your skin! Check out more Chapter Locations here.