What are the differences between Waxing and Laser Hair Removal?
How does it work?
Waxing: Waxing works by ripping the hair free from the skin and out of its roots. This is often done with hot wax or waxing strips with a sticky substance.
Laser: Laser hair removal works by using Photothermolysis which matches a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration to damage the hair follicle at its roots. This is different from IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments.
How much does it cost?
Although the initial per treatment cost of laser hair removal may be more expensive than waxing, you can see in the graph below that over time laser hair removal is a much cheaper alternative and a necessary investment for permanently smooth and hair free skin. Find out more details about our pricing here.
Assumptions: 1 Laser hair removal session every 5-6 weeks for 35 weeks at a cost of $70 per session * 1-2 Laser treatments may be required per year as a touch up for any new hair growth 1 Waxing session every 4 weeks for 35 weeks at a cost of $45 per session * * You stay hair free longer when you laser as compared to waxing and therefore the sessions are less frequent
How long does it last?
Waxing: Typically hair will become visible again after two weeks when new growth sprouts from the follicle. However, this will vary significantly depending on your age, gender, hormone levels, genetics, and even change in seasons.
Laser: After your first treatment you will find your skin silky smooth and hair free. However it takes a series of treatments to finally damage the hair follicle and permanently break the cycle of hair growth!
How many treatments will I need?
Waxing: Because waxing is only a temporary solution, treatments will be needed every time new hairs grow back. Hair will begin to sprout again after two weeks, however you won’t be able to have another waxing treatment until the hairs are about half a centimeter in length. That means there will always be a period of time when you don’t have that silky smooth skin.
Laser: You will need a number of treatments to ensure that hair reduction or removal is as permanent as possible. This will depend on your skin colour, hair type, treatment area and even hormonal changes. Typically women can expect around 6 to 8 treatments and men a little more due to their testosterone levels which affect hair growth. Treatments are separated at every 6 weeks until the follicle is unable to support new hair growth. And the best part is, you don’t need to wait for regrowth in between treatments which means your skin will stay silky smooth from your first session!
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
Waxing: Unfortunately the positive side effects to waxing (removing the hairs) is only temporary, and furthermore the treatment can cause more undesirable side effects than positive ones. Waxing can often cause redness and inflammation especially if you have thick hair or sensitive skin. Inflammations can also turn into pimples or larger breakouts as bacteria enters the pores. Another common side effect is ingrown hairs, which in severe cases can also become infected. Not to mention the simple pain factor that comes with any waxing treatment, especially in sensitive areas!
Laser: Negative side effects of laser hair removal are minimal and the treatment is very safe as it is administered by our highly trained and qualified therapists. To avoid burns we will always advise our clients not to expose the treatment area to the sun two weeks prior to their session. Our clinic uses Candela Alexandrite lasers, the most advanced laser technology available today, and not IPL which is known to cause high rates of skin burns. Pain is also very minimal as our lasers are equipped with a cooling device, making the process almost pain-free.
What areas of the body can I use this treatment?
Waxing: Waxing can be used on most areas of the body, however some areas may be more sensitive and painful than others. It is good to note that waxing can irritate large capillaries (weak or broken blood vessels) which are commonly found on people with Rosacea and smokers. It is generally not recommended to wax in areas if the capillaries are very red.
Laser: Laser can be used to treat just about any part of the body, even in sensitive areas such as between the eyes. Where waxing is not recommended for areas with capillaries, laser can actually treat these skin problems by causing them to coagulate and disappear!
Is this hair removal treatment suitable for men?
Waxing: Male hair caused by testosterone can be difficult to remove. Waxing treatments for men are often more painful due to stronger hairs and thicker skin.The nature of their tougher hairs also means that men are more in danger of suffering severe ingrowns when the hair grows back.
Laser: Laser is becoming an increasingly popular hair removal method for men as the results are longer lasting and ultimately become permanent. Men will no longer need wax every few weeks or shave every few days, and the process is much less painful.
Still want to find out more?
It’s simple really – you can keep yanking out the hair with wax every single month for the rest of your life – along with all the pain and expense that entails – or you can book now at Laser By Sia for permanent hair reduction.