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Laser Hair Removal. Is it Actually Painful?

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Laser Hair Removal Pain: What to Expect

  • It’s not pain-free, but tolerable for most people. The sensation is often described as a rubber band snapping against the skin.
  • Pain levels vary by body area. More sensitive areas like the upper lip, underarms, and bikini line tend to be more painful. Thicker-skinned areas like the arms and legs are less painful.
  • The upper lip is usually the most painful facial area due to thin skin. But the chin and sideburns with thicker skin are more tolerable.
  • Underarms rank among the most painful areas because of the thin skin. But the results make it worthwhile for many.
  • Legs are relatively pain-free, with just an occasional “zinger” of sharper pain.
  • Using a numbing cream 20-30 minutes before can significantly reduce pain levels for any area.
The table provides a concise and clear overview of the essential dos and don'ts for people undergoing laser hair removal, covering aspects like pre-treatment care, skin type evaluation, post-treatment care, follow-up sessions, and general guidelines, all organized into three columns for easy reference.
The Dos and Don’ts of Laser Hair Removal

Introduction: What is laser hair removal?

In my years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I’ve been asked about the pain levels of laser hair removal more times than I can count. It’s a common concern that often holds people back from embracing this widely sought-after beauty solution.

Through digging deep into the research and stepping into those shoes myself, I uncovered something quite enlightening: how you experience sensation during laser hair removal can differ greatly between various parts of the body.

In the rest of the article, I will provide more details on the factors that influence pain perception and share tips to make your journey towards a smoother you as comfortable as possible.

Laser hair removal is often compared to the sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, the level of discomfort can vary widely depending on the individual's pain threshold, the area of the body being treated, and the specific laser technology being used.

The pain factor: what does laser hair removal feel like?

Laser hair removal is often compared to the sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin. Discomfort during laser treatment depends on pain tolerance, the treated body area, and the laser technology used.

For those with sensitive skin or lower pain tolerance, the procedure might be more uncomfortable.

The upper lip and bikini area have thinner skin and are more sensitive. On the other hand, the legs and arms are less sensitive because they have thicker skin.

Your Comfort Matters: Laser Hair Removal Tailored to You 

Modern laser hair removal systems (such as Wellaholic’s Diode Laser Hair Removal system) often come with cooling mechanisms or use a numbing gel to minimize discomfort. The sensation is also quick; each laser pulse lasts a fraction of a second and treats multiple hairs at a time.

According to Candela, a leading laser manufacturer, ‘The speed of each pulse is a critical aspect that helps in minimizing discomfort while ensuring effective hair removal. Pain is subjective, and while some may describe the process as mildly irritating, others might find it more intense.

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

What are the benefits of laser hair removal? 

Long-Term Reduction in Hair Growth

I have observed that laser hair removal is a highly effective method for long-term hair reduction in the aesthetics industry.

Multiple sessions are usually needed for each person’s specific hair and skin type, targeting the specific area being treated.

What’s remarkable is the noticeable decrease in hair growth that many experience even after just a few sessions.

Spacing the treatments to coincide with hair growth cycles is key to maximizing the impact on the hair follicles.

Laser hair removal not only reduces hair growth but also offers more convenience than shaving or waxing. It saves time and spares clients the regular hassle of other hair removal routines.

Precision and Suitability for Sensitive Areas

Accuracy is very important when dealing with sensitive areas like the bikini line or underarms. These areas not only have more pronounced hair growth but also feature skin that’s more susceptible to irritation.

Laser treatments can shape and remove hair in specific areas with precision and minimal risk to the skin. Laser hair removal can reduce the chance of ingrown hairs and result in smoother skin texture by targeting hair at the follicular level.

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
The Brazilian, Bikini or Boyzilian areas often top the list of most painful areas to get laser removal, , due to the high density of nerve endings

Which is the Most Painful Area to Get Laser Hair Removal?

A common question I encounter from clients is about the discomfort associated with laser hair removal, particularly regarding which areas are the most sensitive. Based on my observations and feedback from Wellaholic’s customers, it’s clear that pain tolerance varies widely among individuals. However, certain areas are consistently reported as more sensitive. Here’s a brief rundown from my experience:

It’s important to note that while these areas may be more sensitive, advancements in laser technology have significantly reduced discomfort. Plus, individual experiences vary, and many find the slight discomfort worth the long-term benefits of laser hair removal.

At Wellaholic, we use as many shots as needed for the most effective SHR permanent hair removal. SHR Unlimited Plan allows you hair removal on unlimited body parts.

Which is more painful – IPL hair removal vs laser hair removal?

As an aesthetic director with over a decade of experience, I often get asked about the pain levels between IPL and laser hair removal. Let me break it down for you.

IPL hair removal uses lower intensity light pulses compared to laser. So it tends to be less painful than professional laser treatments done in clinics. But don’t get me wrong – it’s not entirely pain-free. You’ll still feel some discomfort, like a rubber band snapping against your skin. The pain level depends on your tolerance and the treatment area.

Laser hair removal, on the other hand, can be more painful, especially with older laser technology. But modern lasers come with built-in cooling systems that help minimize discomfort. At our clinic, we use top-of-the-line lasers that deliver excellent results with minimal pain. My clients often say it feels like a slight pinch or tingling sensation.

Developed by Alma Lasers, SHR is a diode laser hair removal technology which allows the skin to be heated gently, but with the rapid pulses

Which is more painful? SHR hair removal vs IPL hair removal

As an aesthetic director with over a decade of experience, I’ve witnessed firsthand the evolution of hair removal technologies. When it comes to pain levels, SHR (Super Hair Removal) stands out as the clear winner.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) can be slightly uncomfortable, often described as a mild stinging or snapping sensation. However, SHR is remarkably gentle, with most clients reporting minimal discomfort. The key difference lies in the way SHR delivers energy – it uses rapid, low-intensity pulses that gradually heat the skin, unlike IPL’s higher-intensity flashes.

I vividly recall a client who had previously tried IPL but switched to SHR due to the discomfort. After her first SHR session, she was amazed at how painless it was, exclaiming, “I can’t believe how comfortable that was!” Experiences like these reinforce my belief in SHR’s superiority regarding client comfort.

The table below summarises the advantages of SHR hair removal over IPL hair removal:

Comparison table showing the advantages of SHR (Super Hair Removal) over IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal

Please note that the number of sessions needed for SHR depends on various factors such as the area treated, the hair density, the hair growth cycle, and the individual response.

Laser hair removal can be a little uncomfortable, but there are several ways to manage pain during the procedure

How to manage pain during laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal can be a little uncomfortable, but there are several ways to manage pain during the procedure:

  1. Get adequate sleep the night before your treatment. Lack of sleep can affect your mood and pain receptors, so it’s recommended to get a full 8 hours of sleep before the procedure.
  2. Avoid laser hair removal immediately before or during menstruation. Changes in hormone levels can increase sensitivity to pain.
  3. Apply a numbing cream to the treatment area. Numbing creams containing lidocaine or prilocaine can help reduce pain during the treatment. Apply the cream 30-60 minutes before the procedure as directed by your healthcare provider.
  4. Use a cooling device during the treatment. A cooling device can help reduce pain and discomfort by cooling the skin during the procedure. Your healthcare provider may have a cooling device or you can use a cold compress or ice pack before and after the procedure.
Positive review by customer on Wellaholic's SHR Hair removal services by Aaron

Customer’s Positive Review for SHR Hair Removal Being Not Painful

Ken Ken Wei visited Wellaholic for the SHR Unlimited Prestige Hair Removal treatment, seeking to remove unwanted body hair. Impressed by the professionalism and helpful advice provided by Aaron, his therapist, Ken Ken experienced notable results.

After just two sessions, he observed a reduction of more than 50% in some problematic areas. Ken Ken highly recommends the treatment for its effectiveness.

Read Actual Review by Customer

Aaron was very professional and prompt to offer his advice throughout the whole procedure. After my 2nd session here I’ve seen amazing results with reductions of more than 50% for some problematic areas! Highly recommended :). (Source: Google Review)

Wellaholic conducts straw polls with our customers, in order to learn more about their aesthetic preferences.

Wellaholic’s Professional Observations (With Our Customers)

In our personal experience with customers at Wellaholic, we have observed a few interesting points regarding laser hair removal treatments.

Firstly, individual pain tolerance plays a significant role in how the treatment is perceived. While some find it relatively comfortable, others may experience more discomfort, especially in sensitive areas like the bikini line or underarms. However, we always strive to make the process as painless as possible by using advanced laser technology with built-in cooling systems and numbing gels when needed.

Secondly, we have noticed that clients who mentally prepare themselves and maintain a positive attitude tend to have a better overall experience. By understanding what to expect and focusing on the long-term benefits of smooth, hair-free skin, they are better equipped to manage any temporary discomfort.

Lastly, we have found that consistent communication with our clients is crucial. We take the time to address their concerns, explain the process in detail, and provide personalized guidance on pre- and post-treatment care. This open dialogue helps alleviate anxiety and ensures a seamless journey towards achieving their desired results.

At Wellaholic, we pride ourselves on our expertise and commitment to delivering exceptional service. Our team of highly trained professionals stays up-to-date with the latest advancements in laser hair removal technology, ensuring that our clients receive the most effective and comfortable treatments possible.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: How does laser hair removal technology continue to evolve to reduce discomfort?

A1: Based on my many years of experience with this treatment, I’ve witnessed significant advancements in laser technology. Modern lasers are designed to be more precise and less painful. They often incorporate cooling mechanisms and adjustable settings to cater to different skin types and sensitivities, making the process more comfortable than ever before.

Q2: Can lifestyle factors influence the level of discomfort during laser hair removal?

A2: Gathering facts from years of interactions with customers, I’ve noticed that lifestyle factors like stress levels, sleep quality, and even menstrual cycles can affect pain sensitivity. I advise clients to schedule their sessions when they are most relaxed and to avoid treatments during periods of high stress or hormonal fluctuations.

Q3: Is there a difference in pain perception between first-time clients and regulars?

A3: Taking reference from my knowledge, as well as exchanges with industry experts, we think that first-time clients might experience more apprehension and sensitivity. However, regular clients often report a decrease in discomfort over time, possibly due to familiarity with the sensation and reduced hair density from ongoing treatments.

Q4: How does hair density and color impact the effectiveness and comfort of laser hair removal?

A4: Based on my extensive experience, I’ve observed that darker and denser hair absorbs more laser energy, which can sometimes increase discomfort. However, this also means more effective hair reduction. We adjust laser settings accordingly to balance comfort and effectiveness, especially for clients with high hair density or darker hair.

Q5: Are there any specific post-treatment care tips to minimize discomfort and enhance results?

A5: From my interactions with clients, I recommend avoiding sun exposure and applying soothing lotions or aloe vera gel post-treatment. Keeping the skin cool and moisturized helps reduce any temporary redness or discomfort and enhances the overall results of the treatment.

Q6: How do individual pain thresholds affect the choice of laser hair removal over other methods?

A6: In my experience, clients with lower pain thresholds often prefer laser hair removal over methods like waxing, due to its less aggressive nature. We discuss each client’s pain tolerance during consultations to ensure they choose the most comfortable and effective hair removal method for their needs.

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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