I feel incredibly uneasy when I’m slipping into a bathing suit for the first time in a while. I always wonder if I have some hair that’s going to make an unexpected appearance, peaking out from places I’d rather it not.

I considered laser hair removal for a long time before taking the plunge. I’ve had it done at the dermatologist, and I’ve also tried some of the more popular at-home tools for laser hair removal.

Here’s an answer to the common question of: How long does laser hair removal last? Also, I’ve included lots of other tidbits on the laser hair removal process, as well as a couple of product recommendations. Check it out, and make sure to ask question in the comments sections. I’d love to answer them!

All bodies are different. It’s hard to say that laser hair removal will last a certain period of time, or that it will be permanent, because bodies respond to it differently. I will say, laser hair removal is most effective if you have light skin and dark hair. Smaller areas (like armpits and bikini lines) are also more effective than larger areas (arms and legs).


How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Most hair removal techniques focus on removing the hair. When you shave, you’re cutting hair off as close to the root as possible. When you wax, you’re pulling the hair out — root and all.

Laser hair removal is just a little bit different. The process includes a beam of light that is designed to target your individual hairs and damage their follicles enough to prevent future growth.


Best Areas to Get Laser Hair Removal

There’s no real limitation on where you can get laser hair removal treatments. Some of the most common areas are the bikini line, legs, arms, armpits, nipples and face. The only place where you cannot get laser hair removal is your eyebrow, or any other area that’s around your eyes.

As noted below, one consideration when thinking about what parts of the body to get laser hair removal — the larger the area, the more expensive it will be. That is, removing hair from your legs via laser is more expensive than just your armpits.


Laser Hair Removal Cost

Laser hair removal can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000-plus a session, depending on how large the area for treatment is. Most areas and most people require three to six sessions to fully kill hair follicles and prevent future growth, which means effective laser hair removal can cost into the thousands of dollars.

You can often by your sessions in bulk, which might help you reduce the cost. You’re going to need several sessions for best results. So why not by them at once at a discount?


How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal isn’t something to get on a whim. You need to be intentional about it, and you’ll have to be careful in the days and weeks leading up to your appointment.

First, you’ll need to avoid getting a tan — much less getting sunburned. That’s why fall and winter are such popular times for laser hair removal. It’s much easier to stay out of the sun and prepare for your removal appointment. Why do you need to avoid sun before treatment? Because dark skin will absorb the light that laser’s use to attack follicles. That is, if you have darker skin, the laser isn’t able to target the follicles.

Second, make sure to shave (not wax) before your laser removal appointment. Because laser hair removal targets the pigment of your hair follicle, which is pulled out during the waxing process. If you show up with hair in the area where you want laser removal, your doctor is likely to hand you a disposable razor and have you shave.


Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

You may experience a little bit of discomfort, but mostly after the procedure. If you feel any pain, use ice or anti-inflammatory creams to treat the painful areas. Cold water also helps. So, if you can take it, a cold shower might actually feel good.

You may find two things in the days following a treatment. First, you may find that your hair still grows. That’s because laser hair removal leaves the follicle open for a just a few days. Eventually, your hair in the treated area should fall out. And, second, your skin may look sunburned. As long as there are no blisters, you can still wear makeup and do anything you normally would after getting a little bit of sun.

Finally, make sure to wear sunscreen after a laser hair removal treatment. Getting too much sun may lead to discoloration in the treated area.


Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

The best answer to this question is “no,” laser hair removal is not permanent. It does destroy individual hairs, but it’s not possible to destroy every single hair in a given area.

For example, if you get laser hair removal on your bikini line, it may completely remove the follicles from about three-fourths of the hair in that area. The other hairs may grow back a little lighter and a little thinner, which is nice. But you have to back for several sessions (3 to 6 typically, spaced about 4 to 6 weeks apart) to get started, and then it’s a good idea to do maintenance sessions every six months or so after that.


Best At-Home Laser Hair Removal

You can always skip the visit to the doctor and invest in your own at-home laser hair removal device. Here’s a look at your best option for laser hair removal, as well as a non-laser option that might be just what you need — at a heavy discount.

DEESS iLight 3 Plus — Our Top Pick!

This product offers 90% hair removal after 9 or 10 treatments, which is a nice result. And I can attest to its effectiveness. If you’d rather not pay for treatment at the doctor, and you’re rather enjoy the convenience of an at-home solution, this is your best option.

It’s on sale right now for just $158.99, which is a heck of a deal. You’ll find that this is an easy to use system, that it’s relatively painless, and that you see the results you would want and expect out of laser hair removal. Just remember: Always, always, always follow the instructions and be careful when using powerful products like this. If you do, you’ll get the results you want while remaining safe.

Finishing Touch Flawless Women’s Painless Hair Remover — Best Inexpensive Alternative!

Here’s a product that I would swear by in a pinch. It’s best suited for the face, and it’s incredibly inexpensive. Also, there’s zero pain and excellent results. Sounds nice, huh?

It is. This product leaves no redness, no irritation and no lingering pain. It runs on batteries that power a small disc on one end. Just turn the Hair Remover on, and the disc comes to life, and sweep it across the area where you want to remove hair. And, just like that, it’s gone.

This isn’t going to work like a semi-permanent laser hair removal treatment, but it’s incredibly affordable, and it quickly gets results when you need them.

The experience of using this product is a little more like a razor and a little less like a laser. It gets decent results, and it comes with a wide array of head attachments


Finals Thoughts on Laser Hair Removal

There’s nothing quite like slipping into a bathing suit with complete confidence. When you choose laser hair removal, whether at home or at a doctor’s office, you access that confidence. It costs a little bit of money, but the convenience factor and peace of mind are unbeatable.

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