Laser Hair Removal in India: Experience & Review

by Assistant Editor on February 15, 2014

in Hygiene

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Super pumped to have Ani write about her experience of laser hair removal with us, I know this is something a lot of us have been really wanting to know more about. So hearing an honest, first person experience about this is super helpful! Over to you A!

Laser Hair Removal in India : Kaya Skin Clinic Review

Guest Post By Ani

I was one of the early ones to jump on the laser hair removal bandwagon, courtesy my mother who signed me up for underarm hair removal without even asking me! Her logic was that getting underarms waxed hurts A LOT, and she didn’t want me to go through that again and again.

The MOST IMPORTANT THING to know about laser hair removal is that it is not permanent. It’s not like you’ll get it done on your arms and you’ll never ever have an arm hair again. That’s false advertising. Don’t believe me? Google it, baby. What laser hair treatment will do is it’ll reduce the growth, color and texture of the hair to the color and texture of your facial hair. You will have some hair growth (albeit very little) that you’ll need to get waxed/shaved. But the good news is that the hair growth after laser is hardly noticeable, and very, very slow. And getting it waxed doesn’t hurt one bit! :D

I was 13 when I got the laser treatment done, so I’d never gotten my underarms waxed before getting it done. I’m 19 now, and I get my underarms waxed once in six months or so. Even then the hair growth is hardly visible. There’ll be like 3-4 strands of hair. That’s it. And it’s completely painless! It feels like waxing an already waxed area. It actually tickles a little! :P

Plus, they’re not discolored, or blackened, so I have no qualms about going sleeveless. (Many of my friends have this problem, so I think this is one of the major advantages of getting laser done early.)

I got it done from Kaya, and I was quite happy with the service. At that time this was the leading place for all things laser. Now of course there are quite a few places that offer laser hair removal.

Here are the basics you need to know if you’re considering laser hair removal:

  • Duration: It’ll take a few months for the entire treatment to be over. There will be sessions (or sittings, whatever you prefer to call them) every few weeks apart for some months, and the number of these sessions depends on the color and thickness of the hair. (Darker and thicker hair requires more sittings.)
  • You can’t wax the area in between sessions. (I think shaving in-between sessions is okay though.)
  • You need to wait about 4-6 weeks since your last wax to start laser treatment.
  • Pain: It does a hurt a little. Just a little though! The machines they use nowadays are much better at making the experience less painful; some of the machines use some sort of a cooling spray that is ejected to minimize the pain. If you still can’t bear the pain, the people at Kaya used a (sort of) anesthetic cream that numbed the area. Ask for that!
  • Get a consultation. Ask them to try the laser machine on a very small portion of your arm so you can get a sense of how much it’ll hurt. Also, during the consultation you’ll find out what kind of hair you have (dark or fair; thick or thin) and how many sittings you’ll require. Fairer hair requires the laser to be of a lesser power, and hence will hurt less, and also requires fewer sittings.
  • DO NOT GIVE UP HALF WAY THROUGH THE TREATMENT. Once you make up your mind to get laser hair removal done, tough it out through all the sittings. Giving up after a few sittings will be wasting your money, as it’ll leave you with erratic hair growth.
  • Beware of those local beauty parlors that offer laser hair removal at heavily discounted rates. The process requires experienced people; the machine that is used can actually burn your skin if it’s not used properly! Don’t take a risk. Go to a renowned place.
  • I never experienced any side effects, but everybody is different and their body may react differently to the treatment. Ask the doctor at the clinic about all the possible side-effects and their treatment before going in for laser.

In short

Pros

  • Really is effective at reducing hair.
  • In the case of underarms, it means no discoloration! :D
  • Not all that painful, especially with all the new equipment.
  • No more worrying about waxing/shaving!

Cons

  • Not absolutely 100% effective.
  • Can’t think of anything else.

Recommendation: If you’re still in two minds about it, get a consultation. Once you speak to the doctor, and get your hair analyzed, only then will you find out how much hair reduction you can expect, how many sittings you’ll need and the like.

I’ve never regretted getting laser hair removal done for my underarms, and I hope you have a similar experience!

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Rashmi February 16, 2014 at 12:20 am

Great post dear…really informative…:-)

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Ani February 16, 2014 at 12:30 am

I’m glad you liked it! :D

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Arthi Ramesh February 16, 2014 at 12:40 am

thks for the very informative post !!

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Ani February 16, 2014 at 12:50 am

I’m glad you appreciate it! :D

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Vineetha February 16, 2014 at 4:33 am

A really detailed post! Thank u….

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Ani February 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

You’re welcome! I’m glad you liked it! :D

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Preeti Kaur February 16, 2014 at 4:53 am

Very well explained Ani :) Solves a lot of my doubts

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Ani February 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

I’m happy to hear that since that was the whole point behind writing it! Thanks a lot! :)

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Gowthami February 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

Thanko for sharing the post! Really informative!

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Ani February 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

I’m glad you liked it! :)

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Tiny February 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

Big thank you to Ani and Mehak for bringing out for a post like this :)
I have been researching about the laser treatment my whole life and I have came across mixed response from people too…I would like to have it for my face and arms both… Hormonal imbalance plays a role hair regrowth , so being on the unbalanced level makes me scared of that :P ! Till I settle on that, waxing ki hi Jai Ho !
Kudos to ur Mom Ani, who got u signed up at the tender age of 13 !

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Ani February 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Hey Tiny!
I think you should go to a place like Kaya and talk. I think facial hair would take a relatively low number of sittings, since facial hair colour is usually lighter than our normal hair colour, and it’ll be less painful too! But maybe don’t go too near the eyes. Also, frankly, I got it done 9 years ago; ab shayad facial hair ke liye unke paas laser ke alava aur bhi techniques ho! Whatever happens, I hope you find a good solution for all the unwanted hair that you’re happy with! :D And yeah, till then waxing ki Jai Ho, like you said! ;)
About my mom, when she told me she’d got that booked for me, I thought she’d gone crazy! :p But yeah, now I’m thankful for it! :D
Thanks a lot! :)

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Zahra February 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Hi Ani, thanks a lot for the informative review!!! Yup, laser’s a lifesaver for sure…… feel sorry for all the women 40-50 yrs ago who didn’t have this option!!

Am adding my two cents here for Tiny’s info, since she mentioned facial hair. I used to sprout a forest on my face at VERY regular intervals, and yes it’s part genetic and mostly hormonal (PCOS). Pls note, I’ve been noticing facial hair from the time I was 15 :(….so I’ve lived with it for half my life, really!
Apologies for the TMI dose, but at its peak I needed to thread or wax my chin and upper lip at least once a week…I know it’s gross and it was miserable, trust me. Not to mention the damage it did to my skin (dark patches, gooseflesh etc etc, you name it!)
I had the same worries as you abt the hormonal part, and started looking around for a place that offered electrolysis too….. I guess you’re aware, the process basically kills off your hair follicles in stages. Said to be more effective than just laser for PCOS gals. Anyway, since Kaya had only Laser, I signed up at this place called Anoo’s in Chennai (I live in Chennai, and they offer a laser/electrolysis combo). I’m not sure where you’re based Tiny but this is a Hyd-based chain, you could enquire. Anyway I started the treatment in October-13 with 5 sittings of laser. This itself made a huge diff to the dark patches and thinner hairs. Then I started electro from mid Dec onwards. So far I’ve had 5 sittings. It hurts like a $%#$ in places where you have thinner skin and there’s some serious after-care involved. BUT….. the results are so worth it….. I look like a red, punctured pin cushion the day I get the treatment done, but that subsides in a day and now I can easily get 3 weeks growth to go unnoticed!! (Happy dance, happy dance!!) Doing it at 2 week intervals is recommended so that the follicle doesn’t get much time to recover….. hopefully I’ll be hair-free in a year’s time.
Pls remember, electrolysis kills off follicles, but if your hormones go out of whack later they can stimulate dormant follicles to grow…. so check for a prog that gives you follow-ups/maintenance for a couple of years. And btw, my skin has improved drastically!
Sorry about the looooooong post but I really hope this info helps you…. there’s pain involved but the results are totally worth it. What was most impressive for me for how much this boosted my confidence….I’ve stopped being conscious of my face and have actually started to like my skin :) All the best and do let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know!!

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Arzoo February 16, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Hey Zahra, how much the treatment costed you for your face, hoping that I can find some clinic in Delhi for eletrolysis :/

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Tiny February 17, 2014 at 7:02 am

Wow !! Thanks to Zahra and Ani ! now this solves a lot of confusions as u both spoke from ur experiences… Mine is not that miserable, but sometimes I get this feeling that, If am getting laser done, then My face also be this flawless :P. And Yes am staying in Chennai for sometime, so I could definitely check out this place . Also am pretty scared of electrolysis, a frnd my mine got it done and said it pained like hell :-/ ! That’s also a reason I look towards laser..

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Ani February 17, 2014 at 9:25 am

Zahra, Tiny and Arzoo, I’m glad you found it useful! :D

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Zahra February 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Hi everybody, very glad to know that you gals found my comment helpful!
Tiny, do check it out :) good luck for finding the right place!
Arzoo, I didn’t think it would be okay to swap email ids in the comments section, so I’ve asked Mehak to help us out….. shall drop you a mail as soon as I can. Hmmm, abt the cost….. since I am doing a laser/electro combo, my total package worked out to 80-85 K. Laser alone should cost far lesser than that. But do remember, it can vary a lot from one person to the other (duration, area to cover, hair type etc).
Electrolysis is kinda painful, personally I wouldn’t even compare the laser experience to it. But then, pain thresholds vary for everybody. If you’re one of the lucky ones, an extended series of laser sessions should do the trick for you :)

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Arzoo February 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

You either take my mail and leave me a mail, my id arzoo@beautyandmakeuplove.com but 80-85 K is way too expensive.

Laks February 16, 2014 at 10:25 am

That was one Informative post! Had lots of doubts on Laser Hair Removal :)

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Ani February 16, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I’m glad you thought so! :)

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Xuvious February 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

I hate waxing, so the more I can delay it the better. Thanks for this! ^_^

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Ani February 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Haha! I can understand the sentiment! ;)
Thanks! :D

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Lisha February 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

Thats a well written post Ani! I have toyin with idea of laser hair removal and this was very helpful. Thanks a bunch

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Ani February 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Aww, thank you so much! :D I’m flattered! :D
I’m so glad it helped clear your doubts a little! :)

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Sangeeta February 16, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Very helpful post. I’m getting it done at Kaya. I’ve had 4 sessions and I’ve seen quite a bit of difference already.

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Ani February 17, 2014 at 9:26 am

*hi 5*

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Heena February 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Super Helpful Post! Thanks a Ton,Ani!
You Cleared a Lot of Doubts! :)

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Ani February 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

You’re welcome! I’m glad it helped clear your doubts! :D

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Bhuvana February 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Very useful post Ani :)

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Ani February 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

Thanks! :D

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Arzoo February 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I was waiting someone to do a detailed experience about their laser hair treatment and there your post came in time, it was really helpful though I’m thinking to go for electrolysis as I want permanent hair removal and not only reduction :/

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Zahra February 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Hi Arzoo, I happened to read your comment after replying to Tiny (above).

Do read it. I am currently undergoing electrolysis, and I’ll be happy to answer your doubts the best way I can! Mehak, I am taking the liberty of dispensing electrolysis gyaan all over your blog!! :D

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Arzoo February 16, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Hehe definitely, will need your help Zahra but how do I connect to you??

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Mayuri February 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm

I am taking laser sessions with Kaya and absolutely loving the results :)

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Ani February 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

I know the feeling! ;)

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Shweta February 17, 2014 at 8:29 am

Hi Ani, thanks for the informative post. Does laser help to get rid of ingrowth hair as well?

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Ani February 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

Hey Shweta!
I’m really glad you liked the post! :D
What laser treatment basically does is that it kills the hair follicles, (once the follicle is killed it can never grow hair again), so going by that definition, yes, technically laser SHOULD solve the problem of ingrown hair. But I’m not sure about it; if you’re considering it you should definitely ask the doctor (at the clinic) or maybe just google it.

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Harine February 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

wow.. Thanks for this post.. These days most of the girls suffer from unwanted facial hair.. lovely tips Ani & Zahra

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Ani February 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

You’re welcome Harine! I’m glad you found them useful! :D

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Supria February 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Very informative post! Thank you Mehak and Ani or this.

Can you give an indication of how much one should expect to pay?

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Ani February 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Hey Supria!
I’m glad you liked the post! :D
I got it done 6 years ago, so I’m not familiar with the current rates, you could google and compare the prices for different clinics I guess! All the best! :)

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Ramya ursgorgeously February 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Thats quite an informative post dear…and how much did it cost you! I am pretty much sure that its expensive but just wanted to get a rough idea…!!

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Ani February 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Hey Ramya!
I just answered your question in the comment above! :)

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kartik May 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm

The post is quite informative. Laser hair removal does help. But this is not the only thing people look out for. Most of the people also need things like chemical peels for skin pigmentation and skin tightening therapies. One should always consult good and reliable clinics. metamorphosis clinic in Mulund, Mumbai is amazing in its service. All the best. The therapies should be result oriented. the only thing is one needs to take prior appointments. You can call on 9322888705.

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Mimi November 7, 2014 at 1:32 am

Zahra,

I just came across this website.I have been doing research on electrolysis and whether I should get electrolysis or not.Laser did not work for me.I live in Chennai as well and was considering getting it done at Anoos.Do you mind me getting in touch with you?? Please email me your phone number or my phone number is 9940091992 please whatsapp/text message me I really need your council.

Best,
Mimi

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