I have very hairy arms and legs. I am very interested in laser hair removal and was wondering how much time per session is involved and how painful is the procedure?
Laser hair removal is often done in stages if there are large areas involved like both arms and both legs. However, you could easily do your arms in one session and your legs in another session or, if you want, you can try and do both the arms and legs in the same session. To do arms and legs you are looking at about an hour or an hour and a half session. The procedure, while it is not painful, does result in a tiny little stinging sensation when the laser is applied. However, a cream can be placed that helps numb the area so it is basically painless.
Again, I would recommend probably trying to do your arms and legs in one session at the same time if you do not mind laying around for about an hour or hour and a half. The procedure would be repeated again in about three or four months as needed, but it would remove the hair on the legs and on the arms very nicely.
Posted by Richard Galitz, MD, FACS