Does Laser Hair Removal Really Work?


Does laser hair removal really work?There may be cheap creams and at-home laser treatments you can buy to remove unwanted hair, but the granddaddy of them all is laser hair removal at a spa or other skin care clinic. It’s the Holy Grail of hair removal and many would-be patients wonder if it could possibly be true. Can you rid a lifelong nuisance in one afternoon at your local hair removal clinic?

Overview
Human beings are hairy beasts. Almost our entire bodies other than the palms of our feet and hands have some type of hair coverage. It’s only natural that at some point this hair will become a nuisance, and we’ll want it removed. Enter hair laser removal with its promise of smooth, sexy, hairless body with the use of space age technology.

The Claim
Get zapped with harmless lasers and be rid of problems hairs permanently. Before and after pictures show just how effective laser hair removal is, and how easy it can be to be hair-free by this time tomorrow.

The Hype
The hype comes from the before and after pictures, as well as the lack of information regarding how safe the treatment is, how permanent the results are, and how fast and easy the process is. Of course this is somewhat innocent on the part of the clinics, after all they do have to show you the results in order to get you interested. However, there doesn’t seem to be much talk about what the process entails, and if everyone is able to get the same results as the people in the pictures.

The Cost
The costs of laser hair removal can be staggering. Because they vary by body part, and by how many times you’ll need to go in to treat the same area, it’s impossible to get accurate one-price-fits-all data. You should look at spending at the very least a few hundred dollars, all the way to several thousand for larger areas.

Another factor to consider is the technology that is used. Not all laser hair removal machines are created equally, and if you find an offer that sounds too good to be true, you might be getting roped into a clinic that uses an older, outdated model. This could mean that you’ll need to come in more often, or that you could be needlessly subjecting yourself to harmful laser beams.

This is not a procedure you’ll want to pinch pennies on. If you’re serious about getting that problem hair removed, it’s best to save up for the best treatment you can possibly get. Make sure the clinic is using the most state-of-the-art equipment, and fact-check to see how long the equipment has been in use, and how safe it’s been reported to be.

The Commitment
You have to be willing and financially able to go get as many treatments as it takes in order to get the smooth skin you want. Many negative reports come from consumers who did not see the treatment through to the finish, and complain that it didn’t work, or they received mixed results.

Evaluation
There are so many determining factors they play a part as to whether or not laser hair removal will work for any given individual. First they must be a good candidate for the treatment. They must next choose an office that uses proper equipment that is fully functional. This equipment must be operated by a user that knows what they’re doing.

Even with all of these in place, it is still possible that the hair could grow back at a later time due to hormonal changes, or the natural human aging cycle. With so many inconsistencies it’s safe to say that overwhelmingly no, laser hair removal does not work as well as it is touted to.

Does Laser Hair Removal Really Work?

Because it’s so hit or miss, the industry itself doesn’t use the term ‘removal’ very much any more. There is such a mixed bag of results, and so many factors that go into the process that there’s no way to tell what sort of job they’ll do on you. The only way to know if it will work for you or not is to try it and see what sort of results you get. Unfortunately this is one of those instances where no matter how many reviews you read you won’t know until you give it a go.

Our Recommendation
If you’ve got a hair-covered area that just drives you crazy, or leads to a poor self image, it can be a good idea to get laser hair removal. Not having to deal with that problem area any more would bring a lot of relief to your day, and make you that much more confident in yourself.

The key is to go in with reasonable expectations, an open mind, and a large budget. A lack of either of these three items is what leads to people giving negative reviews of laser hair removal. Also, be sure to get a guarantee that includes follow-up visits should your hair return, that way you get the most for your money.

What do you think? Does Laser Hair Removal really work?


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Allie December 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I had 25 treatments on my face . I went to 4 different laser places and spent over $3000 . I have very pale skin and very dark course hair . It didn’t remove any hair at all . Instead it has made the growth even worse . The growth is massive now . There are times i feel like i just wanna die because there is no hope for me and all the money that worked so hard to earn , was all for nothing . I feel like a hairy freak and i don’t know what to do .

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Bryan February 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Dear Allie,
really? Do you have sasquatch in your family background? I am calling BS. My wife and I also have light skin (wife more like milk-skin) and dark hair. After a lot of research by myself, we are both going through treatments and have had GREAT results with the “LightSheer Diode Laser System”. Nearly a 50% loss (the hair and root literally fell out 7-10 days after treatments) after only two treatments. Another 3 treatments and the areas will be bald. Our medspa is so confident about this system that they offer a lifetime guarantee. In fact, most medspas and hair removal clinics are moving to this product due to the excellent results they get…on varied skin color AND hair color.

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Jennifer H. July 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

Bryan,

I think Allie may indeed be telling the truth. I also have a problem with unwanted hair, and I would love to believe that laser hair removal really works. In trying to decide whether or not to go for it, I’ve read countless reviews, and Allie’s experience seems all to common. I find it significant that you’ve only gone through two treatments so far. Many reviews are very positive at that stage in the game, but then after a bit longer–say a year–they say that the hair all, or mostly, came back after seeming to be gone for a few months.

I’m definitely still interested in laser since if it does end up working, it will save me so much time and money. I’ve been getting galvanic electrolysis for years now. It works – the hair eventually dies and stays gone, and my skin looks great (no scarring or anything). Unfortunately, though, electrolysis is really painful, expensive, and time consuming. I pay $80/hour and it literally takes hundreds of hours to clear a large area of hair. So, if I find a laser that does work permanently, I’ll definitely go for it.

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Aletheia April 23, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I am very angry at american laser clinic. They ripped my money off. I am really pissed. I just dont want to pay anymore of expensive lasers! I need to kow the right answers.. I have tried three different lasers to remove hairs off from my legs, arms, face.

Lasers, removal creams are all LIES LIES LES!!!

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Josh B. July 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I’ve always been curious to t see how this sort of thing works when it comes to hair removal. I too have unwanted hair in areas that I would like to get removed. From what others here have said, it sounds like it only will take care of the problem for a short time. Or even make the problem worse a time goes by. I think the price is what made me shy away from it. Even if I could get it I don’t think the price would worth it if it worsens the condition in the long run. I guess lasers don’t work as well as they claim to in their advertisements. Good to know so that way I wouldn’t be disappointed later when it doesn’t work.

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