|Criteria||Hair Removal Cream||Laser Hair Removal|
Hair removal creams are generally effective at removing hair, but the degree of effectiveness generally depends on the area that hair is removed from, as well as the amount of hair in that area.
However, since hair removal creams do not remove hair roots, hair tends to grow back quickly, within a week.
|Laser hair removal is effective in removing hair as well as permanently reducing hair growth over time, since the treatment destroys hair roots, preventing regrowth from the same hair follicle.|
|Treatment Time||Treatments usually take a few minutes but have to be repeated weekly as hair removal creams do not reduce hair growth.||Treatments can take up to half an hour per session, but over time, you’ll find that hair growth is permanently reduced.|
|Cost||Hair removal creams can cost anywhere between $5 - $15 per bottle, but these small sums can add up over time due to repeated treatments, as hair removal creams do not permanently reduce hair.||Prices vary depending on the area treated but can cost up to the hundreds per session. However, over time, you’ll find yourself needing less to no treatments.|
|Pain||Treatments are usually painless, as long as the cream does not get into any open wounds.||
Patients generally report feeling a prickly and warm sensation, but generally, find it very tolerable.
We generally apply a numbing cream prior to your treatment and use ice packs during your treatment to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
The chemicals that break down the proteins in our hair can also break down the protein structure in our skin, causing unwanted irritation.
Be sure to do a patch test before applying your hair removal cream of choice over a large area!
The chemicals that break down the protein structure of our hair can cause a strong and unpleasant odour.
Most hair removal creams nowadays now contain artificial fragrances to mask such odours, but these fragrances might cause skin irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Some patients might experience some redness in the treatment area, but this should subside within a few hours.
If laser hair removal was done on the face (e.g. upper lip), makeup can be applied immediately after treatment