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Is laser hair removal painful, and just how severe can the pain be?

Trying to make your body free from unwanted hair can be a pain in more ways than one. As well as being something of a chore, it can be very painful.

As most women will testify, waxing can be severely uncomfortable. The burst of pain may be over as soon as it's begun but nevertheless it is more than a little sore.

Shaving in itself is pain free, but it's easy to nick yourself. The irritability that shaving can cause also leads to pain and sensitivity.

So how does laser hair removal compare? Is it painful? The short is generally no.

Laser treatment is usually a pain free procedure. Some patients may experience minor discomfort during the treatment. This will take the form of a stinging sensation or gentle pricking.

However, a small minority of patients, perhaps those with a low pain threshold, will find the treatment painful. In such cases, the laser surgeon can apply an anaesthetic solution to the treatment area to ease any soreness.

Compared to waxing, laser hair removal could be described as a walk in the a park. Indeed, the lack of pain, is one of the reasons why so many women are choosing to ditch the wax in favour of the laser.

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