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Laser and light hair removal works by targeting the pigment in unwanted hair, then vaporizing the shaft and root without damaging surrounding tissue. (We often test a spot beforehand to optimize our settings.)
Most patients only experience a little discomfort, similar to getting snapped with a rubber band. But we do offer a topical anesthetic cream before treatment for larger or more sensitive areas.