How painful is laser hair removal, really?

The summer of 2012 may, indeed, be quickly drawing to an end, but this doesn’t mean that beach season is entirely over—nor that it is gone for good. If you’re still planning on heading down to the local beach, private or public pool, then you’re definitely on the market for some permanent hair removal, a solution many women dream of, yet a comparative few actually end up springing for. While some cite cost as their main deterrent, this argument is becoming increasingly outdated, since simple math will indicate that frequent full Brazilian waxes will end up taking a heavier toll on your beauty budget than a permanent intervention such as the removal of unwanted bodily hair via laser.

Others, still, complain about the pain from laser hair removal. Scare stories abound on beauty, health and women’s forums, where women from around the globe will readily frighten you with their sob story on how much their laser intervention hurt. We’re here to tell you that: a) the pain is mild at best, and entirely bearable; and, b) there are solutions, even to the most pesky pain you can imagine. If you’re scared of getting hurt, read on to find out the truth.

One Woman’s Pain…

First off, it’s important to note that you will not know exactly how much pain you’re up for until you’ve actually gone through the skin test that all laser hair removal parlors have to submit you to. As a general rule, brunettes tend to suffer more at first. As an entire host of American medical experts will agree, dark haired people have more pigment, both in their skin, as well as in their hair. Hair with more pigment will be more ‘stubborn’ during the first few laser sessions, causing mild discomfort. However, as you progress, the hair will begin to thin out, while the pain will consequently recede. Another aspect worth taking into account is the texture of the hair: the coarser, the more painful the operation. Of course, this, too, is temporary and subsides as you go on with your hair removal sessions.

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me Something for the Pain

If you’ve ever had a tooth pulled out, you are most definitely going to survive the post-laser hair removal pain. Check with your general practitioner or local pharmacist—they will most likely prescribe Ibuprofen-based medication. Commercial names differ from area to area, but the regular 200 mg/pill dose should prepare you for the procedure, if taken a good 30-45 minutes before the procedure. Several topical anesthetics are also readily available in most drug stores. Their composition is based on Benzocaine, Lidocaine and Tetracaine—but do make sure to check with your doctor beforehand, instead of self-medicating!


Author Bio

Rachel Myers, a licensed beauty professional, gave up her commercial practice five years back to become a stay-at-home mom, and hasn’t looked back since—except, of course, when she writes on the topic. She recommends laser hair removal for a job truly well done.

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