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Waxing vs. Laser Hair Removal: Which is Right for Me?

Waxing and laser hair removal are two popular choices for removing unwanted body hair, each offering its own advantages and considerations.

Our team at Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center, led by triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gordon Sasaki, has significant waxing and laser hair removal expertise. 

We’re happy to provide insight into these two popular techniques, exploring the benefits of each and the reasons for choosing one over the other.


Waxing has been a go-to hair removal method for decades. This technique involves applying hot or cold wax to the desired area and then quickly removing it, along with the hair, using a cloth or paper strip.

Here are some key aspects of waxing to consider:


Waxing removes hair from the root, resulting in smooth skin that lasts four to six weeks. However, hair regrowth is noticeable sooner compared to laser hair removal.

Generally, the medical-grade waxing solutions and techniques at Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center offer highly effective results compared to at-home kits. 

You may also appreciate the spa-like atmosphere we foster at our facility, offering you some much-needed pampering as you take advantage of our medical-grade skin care services. 

Pain level

Waxing can be uncomfortable, particularly for those with sensitive skin. However, the discomfort quickly resolves, and the sensation varies depending on your pain tolerance and the area being waxed.


Waxing suits various skin types and hair colors, making it a versatile option for many individuals.

That’s especially true here at Sasaki. Our skincare experts provide a pre-treatment evaluation with directions for preventing skin irritation and prolonging smooth skin between waxing sessions.   

Laser hair removal

Compared to waxing, laser hair removal is a recent innovation that utilizes concentrated beams of light to target and destroy hair follicles.

Here are some aspects to consider when thinking about laser hair removal:


Laser hair removal offers long-lasting results, and many people enjoy permanent hair reduction after several sessions.

Pain level

Laser hair removal is generally less painful than waxing. Most describe the sensation as a mild stinging or snapping.


Even though laser hair removal tends to be more initially expensive, the long-term benefits may outweigh the ongoing costs of waxing over time.


We use the LightSheer® DUET Laser System at Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center. Dr. Sasaki favors this platform because of its effectiveness, versatility, and advanced technology that provides safety and comfort features such as a built-in cooling system.

Choosing your best hair removal option

The decision between waxing and laser hair removal ultimately depends on your preferences, pain tolerance, budget, and desired results. Our skincare team helps you weigh the pros and cons of both during your initial evaluation.

For instance, laser hair removal may be the better choice if you want longer-lasting results and are willing to invest in multiple sessions. Pain tolerance may also be a factor since most individuals find laser hair removal less uncomfortable than waxing. 

However, waxing may offer a budget-friendly solution that produces stellar results, especially compared to shaving or depilatory creams.   

Schedule an evaluation today by calling Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center in Pasadena, California, or requesting an appointment online.

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