How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal is a very popular method of hair reduction nowadays. It is much better to alternative methods such as waxing and threading because these methods have unpleasant side effects such as ingrown hairs. Meanwhile, laser treatment has long-term results. It also doesn’t have unpleasant and painful side effects than typical and alternative hair removal techniques.


Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to long-term and potentially permanent method to remove unwanted hair. This beam of light is used over your skin that targets the areas of high pigmentation and heating them to the point of destruction of the hair follicle. This method prevents hair growth and shows the shrinking of the hair follicle that will eventually result in the loss of hair growth from the desired area.


Over the skin, a beam of light is placed. This light energy is absorbed by the areas where there is high pigment (e.g., hairs) where it can transfer in a form of heat energy.

As soon as the heat energy touches the hair, it will damage the hair follicle that can lead to the hair not to grow again in that specific areas in your body. This happens because the energy is being absorbed by the areas of the highest pigmentation where this laser hair removal is most effective and suitable for people who have dark hair and fair skin. As the hair is dark, more pigment is present then the skin, so it will absorb much light energy that will turn into heat energy and therefore can be heated the most.

Many people ask if does it hurt. Well, you can experience a little discomfort but you shouldn’t feel pain for it only burn the hairs, not your skin. Skin have nerves but hairs don’t so technically it can’t hurt you.


As defined above, this procedure is done simply because you want to remove your unwanted hair from the different parts of your body. These common body parts are upper lip, chin, armpits, bikini line, and legs. In addition, you can apply this method in almost all the region of your body except the eyelid and nearby areas.

As mentioned earlier, hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. The pigments present in the hair is used to absorb the light. The laser will only damage the hair follicle instead of damaging both the skin and hair follicle. Therefore, dark hair and light skin will definitely result in the best outcomes in laser hair removal.

However, when there is poor contrast between the hair and skin color there is a great risk of damage to your skin. Laser hair removal is much less effective for hair colors that don’t absorb the light well in order to gain more heat energy: white, gray, red and blond.


Laser hair removal is not as famous as it today if it doesn’t have benefits to the people who use this method of removing hair.


Laser hair removal session times in small areas like the upper lip may only take ten minutes, while legs could take an hour. However, the time will vary on the size of the area you want to be treated.

Minimal negative side effects

Unlike the typical methods of hair removal, laser hair removal will not make you suffer the painful ingrown hairs or razor burn. You will only have to experience mild skin irritation for a few hours after your treatment.


Though this type of hair removal has a bigger upfront cost, in the long run, this can save more money. Imagine paying for expensive waxing and threading treatments just to have a result for a short span of time? You will surely choose this method than the other ones simply because you don’t want to spend much of your money.

When You Should Not Have Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is not suitable for everyone. People with these conditions cannot do it for it will damage their health:

• Pregnant, Breast Feeding Or Trying To Conceive.
• Using implants such as the contraceptive implant when having underarm treatment.

A History Of:
• Autoimmune disease including Lupus, Scleroderma or Vitiligo
• Epilepsy or seizures triggered by flashing lights
• Herpes/cold sores
• High sensitivity to pain
• Keloid scarring
• Melanoma
• Raised moles
• Recent sunburn or tanning
• Sind trauma
• Suspicious legions.

Recent Use Of The Following Drugs In The Last Year
• Accutane
• St John’s Wort
• Tetracycline

Laser hair removal is another way of making yourself more attractive for it can get rid of your unwanted hairs in your body. Though it has its benefits and advantages, it also has its disadvantages. So, it’s your decision whether to use this or not. But remember, be brave to take anew.