Permanent hair removal can be done one way: with a laser. Sound painful? Expensive? Wondering if laser hair removal even works? Our experts at Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal are here to help answer all your questions. If you don’t want to just take our word for it, we found this post by Dina about her laser hair removal experience to be quite informative.
If you’re considering getting laser hair removal, you can appreciate how painful, costly, time consuming, and repetitive temporarily ridding yourself of unwanted hair has been since your teenage years. Waxing, shaving, and tweezing are options but you want permanent hair removal. AND you deserve it, damn it! Here are answers to everything you ever wanted to know about laser hair removal:
Is 100% Permanent Hair Removal Even Possible?
We’ll be the first to tell you that laser hair removal is a bit of a misnomer. Achieving complete hairlessness is rare. Clearance of 80-90% is typical so maintenance shaving is necessary. Here are a few big factors to consider:
- Laser hair removal is most effective on people with fair skin and dark, coarse hair. It will work on all skin types but the hair must be darker than the skin tone. Areas with vellus hair or “peach fuzz” can’t be targeted – so different parts of your body may respond better to treatment than others.
- Hormone levels change over time, especially with women. As this happens, new hair may begin to grow and “touch-up sessions may be necessary.
- Hair grows in cycles. Target it every 6 weeks or so to maximize the effectiveness.
- Six treatments is most common for 80% permanent hair removal. As mentioned above, touchups may be necessary.
Can Laser Hair Removal Be Done Anywhere On The Body?
Almost. Eyelashes and eyebrows are a no-go. It’s just too dangerous that close to the eye and lasers aren’t “fine” enough to properly shape an eyebrow. Legs, underarms, bikini-areas, and backs are most commonly treated.
How Expensive Is Permanent Hair Removal With A Laser?
Prices range depending on the local competition and the area you’re looking to work on. The cost typically ranges between $100-$400 per treatment area per session. So, for example, a partial Brazilian at Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal in Chicago will cost you:
Partial Brazilian: $199 x 6 Treatments = $1,194
Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal offers package discounts of 10% on a package of 3 treatments. If you purchase a package of all 6 treatments in advance, we’ll discount the treatment by 10% plus an additional 2 “touch up” laser hair removal treatments at no cost. Complete pricing can be found here.
Are Laser Treatments Painful?
People most commonly describe the sensation from laser hair removal similar to that of frequent mini rubber bands snapping against the skin. Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal’s Soprano XL diode laser has both a chilled sapphire tip and cold ultrasound gel that serve to cool the skin to minimize any discomfort.
Any stubble will cause the laser to snap more and hurt a bit more so we recommend that patients shave a day or so prior to their appointment. Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal can shave you just prior to treatment if you prefer or forget to do so in advance.
How Long Is Each Laser Treatment Session?
The session duration depends on the size of the treatment area. Treatment times range from just a few minutes for a small area to an hour or so for two full legs or a full back.
Our Certified Laser Technicians get a lot of questions about permanent hair removal. If we didn’t answer your question here, shoot us a message and we’ll get back to you pretty darn quickly. Or, better yet, schedule a FREE consultation at one of our three Chicago-area locations: Downtown Loop, South Loop, and Munster, IN.