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Waxing vs. Laser Hair Removal

Face it, you spend way more time than you care to admit trying to banish unwanted hair. You shave it, and it comes right back again. Depilatory creams smell and aren’t very effective. When you’re really serious about long-term smooth skin, you’ll probably want to consider waxing or lasers — but which one is best?

We get asked this question all the time here at Kent Miller Gynecology in Gainesville, Georgia. We help meet a full spectrum of women’s unique health and aesthetic needs. Led by Dr. Kent Miller, our team of expert health care providers offers a professional environment where you can receive personal care focused on your overall wellness, and that includes feeling good about the way you look.

When it comes to getting rid of unwanted hair, Dr. Miller offers the Triton laser hair removal treatment, his method of choice for permanent hair removal. If you’ve been waxing and wondering if there’s a better way, here’s how the two compare.

The way it works

Most hair removal methods get rid of hair above the surface of your skin, like shaving and depilatory creams. But waxing and lasers are different.

Waxing

This method is similar to plucking, but instead of pulling out one hair at a time, waxing yanks them all out at once. You smear hot wax over the section of skin where you have unwanted hair, wait for it to cool and harden slightly, then quickly pull the wax strip off in the opposite direction of your hair growth.

If you think this sounds painful, you’re right. But it’s an effective way of removing hair all the way down to the follicle.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal takes a different approach. It uses pulses of intense light that target the pigment in your individual hairs and the follicles they live in. Once the follicle is destroyed, hair can no longer grow from it, so you’re hair-free.

How much it costs

Specific costs for the services of waxing and laser hair removal vary depending on the experience of the provider and the amount of surface area being treated, among other things. But here are some general statistics that can help you compare the two. 

Women who wax twice a month spend an average of $23,000 over the course of their lifetime.

Women who opt for laser therapy spend more up front, but spend an average of only $3,000 over the course of their lifetime.

Compared with shaving or using depilatory creams, you save more than $7,000 throughout your life if you choose laser hair removal.

The pain factor

You’ve heard it said that beauty is pain. And maybe that’s why some women throughout history have tolerated the agony of corsets, crash diets, pointy-toed shoes, stilettos, and even surgery to achieve their aesthetic goals. But we believe you can be beautiful without all of that suffering. 

When it comes to hair removal, depilatory creams (other than the smell) are the least offensive, and shaving is relatively painless unless you nick your skin. But how do waxing and lasers compare?

Waxing

Waxing hurts. It rips your hair out by the roots in one painful pull. And the discomfort takes a while to subside. You also may have red, sensitive skin for days after your treatment.

Laser hair removal

You may feel some slight discomfort during your laser hair removal session, but nothing like waxing. Most women say it feels like the snap of a small rubber band, but the sensation disappears immediately. If you’re especially sensitive, we can prepare your skin with some topical anesthetic before your treatment.

How long it lasts

Shaving lasts for only a day or two, then you’re right back at it. The annoyance of that constant upkeep is what compels women to seek longer-lasting options. 

Waxing

Because waxing pulls the entire hair and its root out of your skin, it can take a few weeks for new hair to grow in its place. And while regrowth times vary from person to person, one thing is for certain: It will regrow, and you will need to wax again. 

It’s also important to keep in mind that waxing works best on hair that has already grown out about half an inch. It doesn’t grab very short hairs, so you may see those left behind continue to grow even after you wax.

Laser hair removal

The main difference between waxing and lasering is that lasers destroy the follicles, which makes regrowth impossible. So you end up with permanent hair removal. It takes a few sessions when you begin your treatment to make sure we catch the various cycles of new hair growth, but once we zap them all, you can look forward to smoother skin for life.

Now that you know the differences between waxing and laser hair removal, call our Gainesville, Georgia, office at 770-532-4477 and schedule an appointment today. You can also send a message to Dr. Miller and the team here on our website.



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