If you’re battling with unwanted hair, you've probably tried shaving, waxing and buffing it away. These techniques are good and you can do them in the comfort of your own home. While the time you’ll remain hairless depends on the type of removal you’re doing, it will grow back over time.

Laser hair removal, on the other hand, literally damages the hair follicle underneath your skin. This procedure is permanent, so you might want to learn a little about it before you rush to get it done.

The Down-low on Lasers

Laser hair removal involves using a laser with intense heat to burn the hair follicle under your skin. Some procedures use a combination of energy and heat. Either way, this process prevents the hair from re-growing. Generally, the procedure involves multiple sessions before reaching permanent hair removal. Overall, the process can take anywhere from six months to a year and a half, depending on how long you go in between treatments.

Be sure to check with the specialist who does your laser hair removal to see which options are available should you experience an unexpected re-growth. In some instances, specialists offer continual treatments, free of charge, until you finally reach permanency. That’s how sure they are that laser hair removal works!

The Who & "Ow!"

According to the Mayo Clinic, although anyone can get laser hair removal, the procedure is most effective for those with light skin and dark hair. Women who have had horrifying experiences with waxing or who are sick of cutting themselves while they shave every few days might consider laser hair removal as well.

In preparation for your sessions, you will likely have to shave the area prior. You will then undergo treatments that last about fifteen to twenty minutes each time. Most who have had this done say the actual treatments feel like a pinch under heat. The pain isn’t described as excruciating, and you should no longer feel the discomfort by the time your session ends.

Laser hair removal is not a surgery, so you will be able to get up and walk out at the end of your session.

Some dermatologists also offer laser hair removal. Alternatively, there are clinics that specialize in just laser hair removal. No matter where you go, be sure that the doctor you’re seeing has had training and certification in laser hair removal.

Dollar Signs

There’s no doubt that shaving and waxing, while not permanent, are inexpensive options. If you want permanent hair removal, though, you’re going to have to pay for it.

Costs vary depending on where you have your treatment done. In addition, each person’s situation will be different, and you probably won’t get an exact quote until after you consult with the physician. That said, treatments could range from $100 per session to hundreds of dollars per session.

Would you pay for permanent hair removal?