Waxing versus Laser Hair Removal

waxing vs laserSome people are still choosing dated methods for hair removal like waxing, without realising there have been great leaps forward in hair removal technology. Nd:YAG laser hair removal allows for safe, effective and long-lasting hair removal for all skin types.

The NHS uses the medical-grade Nd:YAG laser hair removal machine for hair removal for people suffering from PCOS and hirsuitism.


Waxing removes hair from the follicle using molten wax to physically pull the hairs out. 

This is a temporary hair removal solution with results typically lasting between 2 to 4 weeks, depending on your hair type and other factors.

Laser Hair Removal

The Nd:YAG laser is used to selectively remove hairs by a process called “photothermolysis” this effectively neutralises the hair follicle meaning the hair will never return. 

For the best results you will need between 8-12 treatments. 

How long does it last?

Waxing results change from person to person. Some people notice the hair regrowth after just two weeks, others may see results for up-to 6 weeks.

Laser Hair Removal:
Hair grows in distinct phases. The Nd:YAG removes hair in the anagen phase meaning several treatments are required for further reduction in hair.

Does it hurt?

This can range from tolerable to very painful as the hair is essentially being pulled out! Try pulling on a few of your hairs. Now imagine that over a larger area!

Laser Hair Removal:
With the cooling equipment used alongside the laser treatment at Miravue the sensation is similar to someone twanging a hair band against your arm.

You can also apply a topical anaesthetic prior to treatment.

How safe is it?

There are some horror stories out there about waxing as the process can tear and damage the skin, as well as making the skin sag over time from repeated waxing. One woman nearly died as a result of a botched waxing!

Due to how it works it isn’t suitable for use all over the body, especially on the face and near the eyes.

Laser Hair Removal:
Some laser solutions can be dangerous for some skin types. IPL, for example, is the least safe commonly used laser and least effective. 

Because of this we use the Medical Nd:YAG laser, the only laser proven to work safely and effectively on all skin types.

The laser can be used on any part of the body following a patch test.

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