Laser hair removal (or otherwise known IPL â€“ Intense Pulsed Light) is a relatively new treatment, that promises the permanent removal of unwanted hair. Of course, permanent hair removal is something that many of us dream of, but like anything worth wishing for, it's not without a little discomfort, a lot of expense and a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Pain involved in Laser Hair Remval:
I would not go so far as to describe the sensation of having laser hair removal as painful, but it's certainly a little uncomfortable. Most people describe it as having an elastic band snapped against your skin repeatedly and I think that's as good a description as there is. How hard the elastic band is being snapped, is another thing entirely. I've had laser tattoo removal and man, that really does hurt, far more than having the tattoo put on in the first place. By comparison, probably because I'd experienced that already, I found that the pain of laser hair removal was more irritating than outright painful.
However, the one exception to that was when I slipped with my home laser hair removal device and zapped somewhere I shouldn't have. (Suffice to say, it was somewhere 'delicate'). It not only hurt, but it burnt my skin, so that was a (very) sore lesson learned.
Bear in mind that home laser hair removal devices probably won't hurt as much as salon ones, because the laser light used is not so strong. But it still won't be as painful as the laser tattoo removal. After 9 sessions of at home laser hair removal treatment, while I'm certainly seeing great results (see my Boots Smooth Skin Review - link below - for more info), the intial enthusiasm I had in using it has waned. Now I'm just getting to see the end in sight and charging towards the hair-free finish line.
It's also worth noting that women are advised not to use the machine during their periods, as sensitivity to pain is often greater during this time, so if you do use an at-home device then, be sure to use the lowest setting. If you're visiting the salon, schedule your visit outside of that time.
If you've been well treated or done it yourself the right way, you shouldn't feel any pain afterwards. There are some side effects if you do get mildly burnt, such as hyperpigmentation after IPL, but if it's done properly, the pain is minimal and the results permanent. I've certainly put myself through far worse in the pursuit of beauty before now, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. When compared to waxing, I find those hairs around my ankles really sting when they are waxed and the truth is that's a 7 on the ouch scale, while the laser hair removal pain comes in at about a 6.
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