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Hair removal comparison chart

Use this comparison chart to determine the qualitative differences between your different hair removal options, so that the benefits and limitations of laser hair removal can be weighed accordingly.


Aspect Shaving Electrolysis Waxing Laser Hair Removal
How long will the hair removal last? 1-2 days Long term, nearly permanent 2-4 weeks between appointments Long term, nearly permanent
Relative cost? Cost of razors, shaving cream, time consuming Very expensive, very time consuming, one-by-one treatment produces long-term costs Moderate per treatment, but recurrent treatments produce high long-term costs Moderately costly per session, but most cost effective method over long term
Number of hairs removed per treatment? Large area Few, hair-by-hair Moderately large area depending on tolerance for discomfort Large area
Time required for each treatment? 5-20 minutes, every 1 or 2 days 1-2 hours per treatment, with many, many treatments required 10 minutes to 1 hour - every few weeks 30-90 minutes per treatment - 3-5 treatments typically required for near total hair removal
Recurring hair growth? Always Minimal Nearly always Negligible
Stubble? Severe, stiff and sharp Little or none Soft, tapered hair re-growth None
Size of area treated per session? As much as desired Small area (one follicle at a time) Moderate - time consuming Large areas
Discomfort? None, if no cuts Very painful Moderately painful Mild-moderate discomfort, reduced by topical anesthesia
Color of hair that can be treated? All All All Dark hair (not effective for blonde, white, or gray hair)
Typical complications? Potential for razor cuts, ingrown hairs, foliculitis Potential for infection - requires sterile needles to preclude spread of HIV, etc Potential wax burns, inflammation Potential for mild bruising and burns

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