Between shaving, waxing, sugaring, threading, epilating, and good ol' fashioned Nair, there's no shortage of ways to remove body hair if that's your thing — but laser hair removal is the only method that promises smooth, hairless skin on a permanent basis. While the service is available at most cosmetic dermatologists' offices, there are many at-home devices touting similar benefits at a fraction of the cost of an in-office package.
If you're wondering how those handheld gadgets work — and, most importantly, if they're suitable for your skin type — then you've come to the right place. "Laser hair removal is an excellent way to reduce unwanted hair, but there are a lot of things that go into the decision of which laser is best for you," dermatologist and LM Medical cofounder Morgan Rabach, MD, tells Refinery29.
Achieving permanent results from at-home options can take a few months, so if you're hoping for hair-free skin by summer, now's not a bad time to start. Ahead, everything you need to know before you try zapping from the comfort of your bedroom.
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