Shaving your legs only takes a few minutes, but over time, all of those few-minute sessions really add up. Are you starting to feel like you spend too much time shaving your legs, only to have stubbly, uncomfortable legs a day or two later anyways? You're not alone. Many women are seeking a more effective, permanent way to remove leg hair. Laser hair removal is one such option. Here's a look at its pros and cons.
Pro: It doesn't take very long.
The other major permanent hair removal technique, electrolysis, takes much longer than laser hair removal. This is because with electrolysis, the technician has to focus on one hair at a time. With laser hair removal, your technician aims the laser at a section of your leg, treating all of the hairs in that area, and then moves on to another section. A session should only take about 20 minutes.
Pro: It's not too uncomfortable.
Your skin will be a little red and irritated after a laser hair removal appointment. However, the soreness will not be any worse than that experienced after waxing. Put some unscented lotion on your legs, avoid harsh soaps, and keep your legs covered in the sun—you should be feeling normal again within a couple of days.
Con: It's not entirely permanent.
Laser hair removal is long-lasting. You'll need a few sessions at first. (Some people need only 2 or 3, others need closer to 6.) Then, your results should last about a year, and you'll need touch-up appointments annually to keep your legs silky smooth. If you are seeking permanent hair removal that never requires any sort of maintenance or re-treatment, then electrolysis is your only real option—though it is more painful and takes much longer.
Con: It's not cheap.
Shaving does not cost you much and even having your legs waxed is pretty inexpensive. Comparatively, laser hair removal is a big expense. You can expect to pay between $600 and $800 to have your legs treated since the area is so large. Some dermatologists and technicians may offer discounted packages to help you save. For instance, they may offer up to 6 sessions at a certain fixed price so you know exactly how much you'll be paying regardless of how many sessions it takes to remove your hair completely.
To learn more about laser hair removal and whether it's right for you, speak with a dermatologist in your area.