If you’re weary of the constant cycle of shaving, waxing, or plucking, laser hair removal could be the long-term solution you’ve been seeking. This popular cosmetic procedure offers a more permanent approach to hair reduction. But how does it work, what’s involved, and is it worth the investment? Let’s break it down.

Understanding Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal works by directing concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light, which then destroys the hair. It’s a straightforward science: the laser targets dark pigments, so the darker the hair, the more effective the treatment.

Types of Lasers

There are several types of lasers used in hair removal, including the Alexandrite, Diode, YAG, and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). Each has its strengths and is suited to different skin types and hair colors:

  • Alexandrite Laser: Effective for treating lighter to olive skin tones, this laser offers a quick treatment time.

  • Diode Laser: Suitable for fair to medium skin types, the Diode laser penetrates deeply into the skin, making it effective for coarser hair.

  • YAG Laser: This laser is safe for all skin types, including darker skin tones. However, it may not be as effective on fine or light-colored hair.

  • IPL: Not technically a laser, IPL uses broad-spectrum visible light. It’s versatile but may require more sessions to achieve the desired results.

Choosing a Provider

When choosing a provider, consider their experience, training, and certification. A skilled professional will assess your skin type and hair color to select the most appropriate laser type and treatment plan. At VIDA, we know great results are important to you—and your safety and trust are important to us. Our expert providers are highly trained and certified in the use of light and laser-based treatments.

The Procedure and Recovery

Each session can last from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the area being treated. During the session, you’ll wear protective eyewear, and a cooling gel will be applied to your skin. You’ll feel a slight sting, like the snap of a rubber band.

Post-treatment, your skin may appear red and swollen, similar to sunburn. Applying ice packs can help soothe any discomfort. Most people can return to their usual activities immediately.

Cost Considerations

The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on the size of the treatment area, the number of sessions needed, and your geographic location. Be sure to ask about any additional costs, such as consultation fees or post-treatment care products. Some providers offer package deals or discounts during slower periods, such as winter when sun exposure – a no-no after laser treatments – is reduced.


Laser hair removal is a significant investment but can save you time and hassle in the long run. By understanding the process, you can make an informed decision about whether this popular procedure is right for you.