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Hair Removal 101: What's Right for You?


The Options


Sugaring hair removal, an ancient middle-eastern practice uses an all-natural paste or gel made from food-derived ingredients like sugar, water, and lemon juice to remove the hair follicle from the root.


Laser hair removal uses an intensely concentrated beam of light to zap hair follicles. The energy is focused and extremely precise, giving some incredible results to most patients. Technicians adjust laser settings for different skin and hair types, ensuring that hair removal is optimized each and every session, regardless of skin tone.

The science behind laser hair removal sounds complicated, but the process is relatively simple. Selective photothermolysis targets only the follicle without damaging the skin around it. When the heat is absorbed by the hair’s melanin, the follicle is destroyed.


MiraSmooth, a product line by Santa Clara-based Miramar Labs, is based on the wildly successful miraWave technology. The product line is the only FDA-cleared device to treat both unwanted underarm hair and overactive sweat glands.

MiraSmooth’s hair removal technology boasts one large advantage over the competition: it does not require a chromophore to be effective, unlike laser hair removal. A chromophore is the part of the molecule that is responsible for dictating its color. The color is apparent when the molecule absorbs certain wavelengths of light and transmits or reflects others.


Shaving is… well, shaving. Lather, scrape, repeat. You know the drill.

The Cost


Sugaring is relatively inexpensive; you can purchase at-home kits for as little as $10 or as much as $40. Sugaring hair removal is generally more expensive than waxing because it's not as commonly found. The price will also depend on where the facility is located, and type of salon or spa. A 15% - 20% gratuity on your total bill is customary and suggested. Most areas of the body run between $30 and $110 per treated area.


On average, the cost of laser hair removal in the smaller, bikini area is between $350 and $500. By contrast, the cost of treating a larger area, such as the back, averages between $600 and $900 per treatment.


In most instances, miraSmooth has been recorded as costing between $1,300 and $2,000 per session, depending on the provider and the area selected.


The cost for shaving materials can vary greatly, and many times these items are disposable or single-use only. Prices have been reported as $56 for 12 disposable Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive women’s razors at Target.

The Results


In most circumstances, sugaring has been seen to last for up to six weeks. Long-term use can weaken hair follicles, resulting in finer regrowth over time.


Maybe the best bang for your buck: Reduces hair by 80 to 90 percent but can require yearly touchups. From a long-term standpoint, this is the way to go!


Jeremy Brauer, M.D., conducted a study of 56 people – 80 percent female and 88 percent Caucasian. Participants were given two sessions – each about three months apart - with overwhelmingly positive results.

“Using this technology we've seen stable axillary hair reduction of approximately 70% regardless of color, and these results were based on a non-optimized treatment protocol,” stated Brauer.


The results are very short term compared to the other options on this list; hair regrowth is seen in as little as 2-3 days, and long-term shaving does not stop hair from growing back.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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