Laser Hair Removal: Your Top 10 Burning Questions Answered

Laser Hair Removal: Your Top 10 Burning Questions Answered

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TL:DR Summary

  • Laser Precision: Laser hair removal targets melanin in hair, damaging follicles to prevent growth.
  • Multiple Sessions Needed: Optimal results require several treatments, influenced by skin color and hair pigment.
  • Widely Effective: Suitable for most people, but results vary based on individual factors.
  • Safe and Controlled: Free from harmful radiation, laser treatments are precise and safe.
  • Preparation Tips: Shave a day before and avoid sun exposure for best results.
  • Varied Session Lengths: Time depends on the area, ranging from minutes for small areas to an hour for larger ones.
The laser can selectively target dark, coarse hair while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. This makes it ideal for areas such as the bikini line or underarms, where precision is crucial


As an Aesthetic Director with extensive experience in the field of laser hair removal, I’ve had the opportunity to delve deeply into this popular aesthetic treatment.

One of the most frequent questions I encounter is about the difference between various laser hair removal technologies, such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), SHR (Super Hair Removal), and diode laser systems. Curious about laser hair removal? If you have questions about laser hair removal and seek answers to them, let us help.

Top 10 Laser Hair Removal Q&A in Singapore

Laser hair removal is becoming more common in Singapore, and at Wellaholic, we have treated more than a thousand customers with our SHR and IPL laser hair removal.

Here are the top 10 questions regarding laser hair removal. Physician assistant Tonianne Grobmyer helps to provide more information on the most common ten questions asked about laser hair removal, whether its IPL hair removal, SHR hair removal or diode hair removal. 

Establishments which offer IPL include Japan IPL, Musee Platinum, Lush Aesthetics, amongst others. Wellaholic provides both IPL and SHR, though the majority of our customers choose SHR over IPL.

Comparison of Hair Removal Methods
Comparison of Hair Removal Methods

1. How does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Experience the transformative power of laser hair removal, a state-of-the-art procedure designed to effectively eliminate unwanted hair. This innovative treatment employs a concentrated beam of light, or laser, which targets the melanin in the hair.

The light energy absorbed is converted into heat, which in turn damages the hair follicles responsible for hair growth within the skin.

Laser Hair Removal: Fast, Precise, Tailored

Harness the strength of laser technology for swift and precise hair removal. Each pulse of the laser delivers remarkable efficiency, treating multiple hairs simultaneously. It can cover an area approximately the size of a quarter in just a second.

Even small areas like the upper lip can be treated in under a minute, while larger areas such as the back or legs may take up to an hour. Laser technology ensures precise and controlled hair removal, tailored to individual needs.

Yearly maintenance sessions are also advisable to keep the hair follicles in check and maintain the smoothness of the skin. This personalized approach ensures that each individual's path to hair-free skin is as effective and efficient as possible.

2. How Many Treatments for Laser Hair Removal to work?

In my role as an Aesthetic Director, I’ve gained a profound understanding of the complexities of laser hair removal. This popular treatment is not a uniform process, but rather a journey towards achieving silky, hair-free skin. It’s important to note that the number of sessions needed for laser hair removal can greatly vary among individuals. This is largely due to the unique growth cycles of hair that each person possesses.

Active Hair Targeted: Unpacking Laser’s Multi-Session Need

Some individuals may notice a significant reduction in hair growth after just a few sessions. However, others might require more than nine sessions to attain the results they desire. The crux of the matter is that laser hair removal specifically targets hairs in their active growth phase. This is the reason why multiple treatments, typically spaced about a month apart, are necessary to ensure comprehensive coverage.

So, when is the best time to schedule your laser hair removal session? While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, it might be beneficial to plan your sessions around your menstrual cycle to maximize the treatment’s effectiveness. Always consult with your skincare professional for personalized advice.

3. Does Laser Hair Removal Work for Everyone?

With extensive experience in the field, I’ve observed firsthand the nuances of laser hair removal. It’s often perceived as a permanent solution to unwanted hair, but this isn’t entirely accurate. In reality, achieving up to 70% hair reduction is considered successful in our industry.

Through my interactions with both clients and fellow experts, I’ve noted that many individuals experience significant hair reduction after completing a full treatment cycle. They often share stories of areas becoming almost hair-free, though some hairs might occasionally resurface.

Multiple Sessions Key for Lasting Hair Reduction

It’s important to understand that laser treatments target hair follicles, and only those effectively damaged by the laser are reduced. However, follicles that escape damage can potentially regenerate hair over time.

This is why committing to multiple sessions is crucial for achieving the best results. It’s not a simple one-time procedure but a process that requires patience and persistence. Each person’s experience with laser hair removal can vary, and a small percentage may find it less effective, often due to individual factors like hair color and skin type.

Below is a table showing the differences between laser hair removal, shaving, waxing, epilating, and using hair removal creams:

Laser Hair RemovalTargets melanin in hair follicles and burns structures containing melanin. – Long-lasting results
– Minimal pain
– Expensive
– Requires multiple sessions
ShavingUses a razor to cut hair at the surface of the skin.– Quick,
– Easy
– Inexpensive
– Hair grows back quickly
– May cause razor burn, ingrown hairs, and skin irritation.
WaxingApplies hot or cold wax to the skin and removes hair from the root.– Longer-lasting results than shaving– Painful, may cause ingrown hairs
– Skin irritation, and redness
– Hair must be a certain length for waxing to be effective
EpilatingUses a device with multiple tweezers to pull hair out at the root.-Longer-lasting results than shaving
– Painful
– May cause ingrown hairs, skin irritation, and redness
– Hair must be a certain length for epilating to be effective
Hair Removal CreamsUses chemicals to dissolve hair at the surface of the skin.– Quick and easy
– Painless
Hair grows back quickly
– May cause skin irritation or allergic reactions
– Chemicals may have a strong odor.
The differences between laser hair removal, shaving, waxing, epilating and using hair removal creams
A woman undergoing a professional underarm hair removal treatment at Wellaholic, a renowned aesthetic chain in Singapore

4. Is Radiation Involved? 

Laser treatments in skincare are often misunderstood due to the term “radiation” in their name. However, they are actually free from the harmful radiation associated with X-rays. The term “laser” is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation,” which refers to a process that generates light and heat, not the ionizing radiation found in X-ray procedures.

Beyond X-Rays: Laser Precision for Glowing Skin

This light and heat generated by lasers are precisely controlled to target specific areas, such as hair follicles or skin imperfections. This precision allows for effective treatment without the risks associated with X-ray radiation. So, when it comes to skincare, laser treatments are not only safe but also highly efficient.

By observing countless hair removal sessions at Wellaholic with our customers, I've learned that preparing for a laser hair removal appointment is as crucial as the procedure itself. It's advisable to shave the area a day before your session.

5. How can One Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

Through observing numerous hair removal sessions at Wellaholic, I’ve learned that preparation for a laser hair removal appointment is as crucial as the procedure itself. Shaving the area a day before your session is advisable. This is vital because if the hair is too long, it absorbs the laser’s energy, leading to potential issues.

Pre-Laser Prep: Why Sun Exposure Matters 

Minimizing sun exposure before your laser treatment is equally important. Ultraviolet rays stimulate melanocytes, the cells responsible for melanin production. Increased melanin can darken the skin, complicating the laser’s ability to differentiate between the skin’s pigment and the hair follicle. This not only poses a challenge for the technician but can also affect the efficacy and safety of the treatment.

The image portrays the professional environment of Wellaholic’s Boyzilian hair removal service. It emphasizes the hygienic and comfortable atmosphere, with a focus on client privacy. The state-of-the-art equipment used for the procedure is also featured, demonstrating Wellaholic’s dedication to providing top-notch, pain-free hair removal solutions. The overall image communicates a strong sense of trust and quality, assuring potential customers of the exceptional service they can anticipate at Wellaholic.

6. How Long Does a Laser Hair Removal Session Take?

Laser hair removal is a widely favored method for eliminating unwanted hair. The length of each session can vary, depending on the specific area being treated. For instance, smaller areas like the upper lip can be treated in just about a minute. On the other hand, treating both underarms typically takes slightly longer, around 5 to 7 minutes.

Legs Got Hair? 25-30 Minutes to Smoothness Awaits

For larger areas such as full legs, the process can take between 25 to 30 minutes. At Wellaholic, we provide an Unlimited Package. This package allows customers up to 2 hours per visit if they choose a full body treatment. This flexibility ensures thorough coverage without the need to rush, enhancing the overall treatment experience.

7. Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt? 

Pain perception varies greatly among individuals, influenced by factors such as menstrual cycles or certain medications that heighten skin sensitivity. In the context of skin treatments, discomfort experiences can widely differ.

Tonianne, a skincare expert, notes that some clients describe certain skin treatments as a warm, tingling sensation, akin to a day at the beach. Others compare it to the snap of a rubber band against the skin. This highlights the subjective nature of pain and discomfort.

8. Are There Areas Where Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Work?

The most popular places are the face, underarms, bikini line, back and chest (for men) and legs but laser removal can be applied anywhere that has hair. ​The only places that are off-limits are ones that can’t be seen such as inside the nostrils. Please see the table for the effectiveness of laser hair removal on different body parts.

A chart comparing the pain levels of laser hair removal in different areas of the body.
Which is the Most Painful Area to get Laser Hair Removal
If you're considering Brazilian or bikini laser hair removal, it's important to know that the effectiveness of the treatment can vary depending on your skin and hair type

9. What can One Expect After the Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

The treatment is highly effective and safe for most people. The only potential issues post-treatment are minor swelling, redness, or irritation around the hair follicles, which typically subsides within a few days. At Wellaholic, we observe minimal instances of any post-treatment symptoms or irritation.

Hyperpigmentation Rare, Results Mostly Positive

Hyperpigmentation, or skin darkening, may occasionally occur, but it usually fades quickly. Burns or blisters are extremely rare, making the treatment very secure. The majority of individuals find the treatment to work wonders, with only minor and temporary side effects.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most individuals will notice some hair regrowth. This regrowth can be managed with follow-up maintenance treatments

10. Will the Hairs Grow Back Again After Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a widely favored method for diminishing unwanted hair. The procedure operates by directing laser light at hair follicles, causing damage that inhibits future hair growth. However, it’s crucial to understand that this treatment typically reduces hair growth, rather than eradicating it permanently.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most individuals will notice some hair regrowth. This regrowth can be managed with follow-up maintenance treatments. The hair that does grow back tends to be finer and lighter in color. For more comprehensive information, you can refer to the insights provided by the American Academy of Dermatology on their website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses laser energy to target the hair follicle. The laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, which damages the follicle and inhibits future hair growth. It is a popular and effective method for permanent hair reduction.

How does laser hair removal work?

During a laser hair removal treatment, a handheld device emits laser energy that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. The laser energy heats up the hair follicle and damages it, inhibiting future hair growth. Multiple sessions are typically required for optimal results.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal offers long-lasting results and can provide permanent hair reduction. However, it is important to note that it may not completely eliminate all hair. Some hair may still grow back, but it will be lighter, finer, and less noticeable than before.

Are there any side effects of laser hair removal?

Common side effects of laser hair removal include redness, swelling, and temporary discomfort in the treated area. In rare cases, there may be changes in skin pigmentation or scarring. It is important to choose a reputable clinic and follow post-treatment care instructions to minimize the risk of side effects.

Does laser hair removal work on all skin and hair types?

Laser hair removal works best on individuals with darker hair and lighter skin, as the laser energy targets the pigment in the hair. However, advancements in technology have made it possible to perform laser hair removal on a wider range of skin and hair types. Consult with a qualified professional to determine if laser hair removal is suitable for you.

How many laser hair removal sessions are needed?

The number of laser hair removal sessions needed varies depending on several factors, including the treatment area, hair color, and thickness. On average, most individuals require 6-8 sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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