Shaving vs. Laser Hair Removal

I have been shaving my chest because it gets itchy and I prefer not to have hair on my chest.  Does anyone have experience with laser hair removal? I have looked into it a few times but then always end up saying I will do it another time.  It would be great to hear from anyone who has had it and if it actually works.  Also, how many sessions and how often do you have to get the procedure done? Thank you in advance for helping me out here.


M, 34, New York

Tags:woman age 25-34 chest laser session shave removal

I have had laser hair removal on the back of my neck. In my opinion, it was definitely worth it. 

I'll start off by saying laser hair removal should really be called laser hair reduction. I am fair skinned with dark hair, which makes me the ideal candidate for laser hair removal (fair skin = more pigment, which is better for laser hair removal). After multiple laser hair removal sessions, I still have some fine hair at the back of my neck. Having said, the amount of hair that grows on my neck has been reduced drastically and I am very satisfied with the results. 

The procedure itself is not very painful and only took 20 minutes. A topical was applied to my skin and the laser (LightSheer Laser) was applied. I was a little red after the procedure and felt as though I had a moderate sunburn after a long day at the beach! I had to return for an additional 4 treatments every 8 weeks. In general, when you have to return for another laser session will vary depending on the growth phase of your hair (facial hair grows back quicker than leg hair does). The cost of each treatment was $300, but will most likely be in the $500-800 range for your chest. 

I had my hair removed 2 years ago and I'm sure laser technology has changed significantly since my procedures. The laser that works best for you will vary depending on your skin type.  

I do laser hair removal on my face and I am so happy I decided to do it.  I have been doing it for a few months and I have seen a major difference, and I have dark hair.  It is not cheap, but in the end it is worth it.  I go every 4-6 weeks and it takes about 20-25 mins each time.  I would definitely look into it, you won't be sorry.


Good Luck!