Are you ready to try laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted hair?   Whether your usual method of hair removal is shaving or waxing, you are sure to enjoy the convenience and longevity of laser hair removal.  But you may have heard stories that laser hair removal is painful, so you would probably like to know what to expect.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

The laser energy selectively targets the hair follicle and the melanin at the base of the follicle absorbs the light, which then gets converted into heat.  This process damages the hair growth center and inhibits future hair growth.

How Painful Is Laser Hair Removal?

Patients may feel some discomfort during laser hair removal, but the degree of discomfort will depend on their pain tolerance level.  The sensations experienced during laser hair removal are often likened to an elastic band snapping against the skin, so the treatment is relatively painless. 

The part of the body undergoing treatment and the type of technology used will also influence the level of discomfort felt during laser hair removal. 

Laser hair removal is generally well-tolerated in those areas where the skin tends to be thicker, such as the arms and legs, but patients often feel more discomfort when treatment is done on sensitive areas such as the upper lips and underarms. 

Advanced lasers like the Palomar Icon work efficiently and deliver superior results, with minimal to no discomfort.  

Would you like to learn more about laser hair removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Boca Raton, FL area, contact Dr. Cristina Keusch of the Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center for an in-person consultation.

You can reach Dr. Keusch at, or by calling (561) 931-6712.