Laser Hair Removal: Your Top 10 Burning Questions Answered

Laser Hair Removal: Your Top 10 Burning Questions Answered

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. Laser hair removal is increasingly sought after in Singapore, reflecting a global trend towards more permanent solutions for hair reduction. In my journey, I’ve engaged with numerous clients and industry experts, leading to a rich understanding of the most common inquiries and concerns surrounding this procedure.

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.

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

1. How does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Effective Hair Removal with Laser Precision

Experience the power of laser hair removal, a cutting-edge medical procedure designed to eliminate unwanted hair. During this innovative treatment, a concentrated beam of light, known as a laser, targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The absorbed light energy is transformed into heat, effectively damaging the hair follicles responsible for hair production within the skin.

Harnessing the Laser’s Strength: Swift and Precise Hair Removal

Laser hair removal offers remarkable efficiency with each pulse of the laser delivering swift results. The laser can treat multiple hairs simultaneously, covering 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 require up to an hour. Laser technology provides precise and controlled hair removal, tailored to individual needs.

Unveiling the Sensation: Comfort During Laser Hair Removal

Discover the comfort of laser hair removal as it adapts to your pain tolerance. Each laser pulse is often described as a gentle pinch or the sensation of a hot rubber band snap. The procedure can be well-tolerated by individuals with varying pain thresholds, ensuring a more pleasant experience.

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?

As an Aesthetic Director with a deep understanding of laser hair removal, I’ve observed firsthand the intricacies of this popular treatment. The journey to achieving smooth, hair-free skin is not a one-size-fits-all process. In my experience, the number of sessions required for laser hair removal varies significantly among individuals. This variation is primarily due to the unique growth cycles of hair.

For some, a few sessions might be sufficient to see a substantial reduction in hair growth. However, others may find that they need upwards of nine sessions to achieve their desired results. The key is understanding that hair removal with laser technology targets hairs in their active growth phase, which is why multiple treatments, typically spaced about four weeks apart, are necessary for comprehensive coverage.

Another critical factor influencing the effectiveness of laser hair removal is the interplay between skin tone and hair pigment. The laser targets melanin, the dark pigment in hair, making it more challenging to distinguish the hair from the skin in individuals with darker skin tones. As a result, they may require more sessions compared to those with lighter skin and dark hair, who often see quicker results. It’s a fascinating interplay of biology and technology, and understanding these nuances is crucial for tailoring the treatment to each individual’s 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.

Worth noting is the diode laser (810nm) that's made use of in a preferred laser hair elimination treatment referred to as Super Hair Elimination

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.

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

4. Is Radiation Involved? 

Laser treatments in skincare, often misunderstood due to the term “radiation” in their name, are actually free from the harmful radiation associated with X-rays. The acronym “laser” stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation,” but this refers to a process that generates light and heat, not the ionizing radiation found in X-ray procedures. This light and heat are precisely controlled to target specific areas, such as hair follicles or skin imperfections, without the risks associated with X-ray radiation.

Laser hair elimination is a hair elimination approach that uses light power from laser machines to completely destroy or harm hair roots
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?

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. This step is vital because if the hair is too long, it absorbs the laser’s energy, leading to two potential issues. Firstly, the heat from the singed hair can cause discomfort or even minor burns on the skin’s surface. Secondly, and importantly, it diverts energy away from the hair follicle’s base, which is the target area for effective hair removal. This diversion can result in suboptimal outcomes from the treatment.

Equally important is minimizing sun exposure before your laser treatment. The reason behind this is rooted in how our skin reacts to sunlight. 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. Therefore, staying out of the sun before undergoing laser hair removal is more than just a precaution; it’s a step towards ensuring a safer and more effective procedure.

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

Laser hair removal is a popular method for reducing unwanted hair. The duration of each session varies depending on the area being treated. For smaller areas like the upper lip, it only takes about 1 minute. Treating both underarms is slightly longer, typically 5 to 7 minutes. Larger areas, such as full legs, can take between 25 to 30 minutes. At Wellaholic, we offer an Unlimited Package, allowing customers up to 2 hours per visit if they opt for a full body treatment. This flexibility ensures comprehensive coverage without the need to rush through the process.

7. Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt? 

Everyone experiences pain differently, and this can be influenced by various factors such as one’s menstrual cycle or certain medications that heighten skin sensitivity. When it comes to skin treatments, perceptions of discomfort can vary widely. Tonianne, a skin care expert, sheds light on this by noting that some clients describe the sensation of certain skin treatments as a warm and tingling feeling, similar to the sensation felt after spending a day at the beach. On the other hand, others liken it to the snap of a rubber band against the skin. This variation in experience is a reminder of 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.

Body PartEffectiveness of Laser Hair Removal
FaceVery effective
UnderarmsVery effective
LegsVery effective
Bikini areaVery effective
Feet and toesNot very effective
Effectiveness of Laser Hair Removal on Different Body Parts

Note: Effectiveness may vary depending on individual factors such as hair color, skin tone, and hair thickness.

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

The treatment is effective for most people and is very safe. The only problems you might experience  post-treatment are a little swelling, redness or irritation around the hair follicles. This can last for a couple of days. Nevertheless, at Wellaholic, we see very little occurrence of any post-treatment symptoms or irritation. Hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) also sometimes occurs, but that typically fades pretty quickly. Burns or blisters may arise, but they are very uncommon. The treatment works wonders for the majority of individuals and is extremely secure. Any potential issues you may encounter after the treatment include slight swelling, redness, or irritation around the hair roots, which should only last a few days. However, we rarely witness any post-treatment symptoms or irritation at Wellaholic. Occasionally, there might be mild hyperpigmentation (skin darkening), but it typically disappears rapidly. Burns or blisters are extremely rare occurrences. 

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

Laser hair removal is a popular method for reducing unwanted hair. It works by targeting hair follicles with laser light, which damages them and inhibits future hair growth. However, it’s important to note that this treatment often reduces hair growth rather than completely eliminating it forever. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people will experience some hair regrowth. This regrowth can be managed with maintenance treatments. The hair that does grow back is usually finer and lighter in color. For more detailed information, you can refer to the insights provided by the American Academy of Dermatology on their website: American Academy of Dermatology – Hair Removal.

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, the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, an acclaimed Aesthetic Chain in Singapore, brings over a decade of expertise 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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