Does laser hair removal hurt?

One of the most common questions asked about laser hair removal is if the treatments hurt or not. The short answer is that yes, most patients will  feel a very slight amount of pain, but 9 out of 10 patients is able to complete the treatments without having to use any kind of anaesthetic. If it turns out that the pain is too much for you to bear, the doctor or technician will happily apply a topical anaesthetic that is simply spread on the skin, where it is absorbed within a few minutes and begins to numb any pain.

The most popular way to describe it is like have an elastic snapped once against your skin quickly as the laser pulses, which next to nothing when you compare it to other hair removal methods. The patients who experience slight amounts of pain describe it as similar to waxing, except that the sensation lasts only as long as the laser light is on, and then it quickly fades away.

But compare this to the repeated and frequent pain of other hair removal methods:

  • shaving often results in painful red bumps caused by ingrown hairs, razor burn, and other assorted skin problems.
  • Waxing is also painful, and of course consists of actually ripping out your hairs – but they will of course just grow back.
  • Plucking is as painful as waxing, but takes much longer to get the same results,

And all of these you have to do every week, or even more often, just to keep the smooth skin you want! Going through a little bit of a pain that can be soothed with medication is definitely a better choice than having to go through more pain over and over again.