How To Remove Leg Hair Permanently

Medically reviewed by Sue Kua, MD · Dermatology

Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. · Updated Oct 10, 2022

    How To Remove Leg Hair Permanently

    Some people, particularly women, are uncomfortable wearing short pants and skirts when they have visible leg hair. And while shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams work wonders on leg hair removal, they have some downsides. Shaving sometimes results in chicken skin, waxing hurts, and the hair grows back quickly with creams. Of course, let’s not forget that you need to perform these methods regularly. Hence, it’s not surprising for people to look for ways on how to remove leg hair permanently.

    How To Remove Leg Hair Permanently

    Before anything else, let’s first clarify that the term permanently doesn’t mean the hair won’t grow back forever. At the very least, it means you’ll be leg hair-free for months or years. The good news is, in most methods, when the hair grows back, it’s typically finer and lighter in color.

    Without further delay, below are two methods on how to remove leg hair permanently:

    Laser Hair Removal

    This procedure uses a laser to produce heat which is taken up by the color of the hair thus damaging it; it also consequently prevents or delays hair growth.

    Laser hair removal can be done on all hair types, but since it targets the pigments of the hair, it is most suitable for people with fair complexion and dark hair.

    Note that for best results, you might need several sessions (6 on average). Also, the possibility of side effects, like blistering, changes in skin texture, and scarring, is still there. For this reason, you need to cover the affected area and keep it out of the sun until it heals.

    As for cost, you might have to spend P2,500 to P5,000 per session.


    Another method on how to remove leg hair permanently is through electrolysis.

    This procedure is somehow similar to laser hair removal in the sense that it damages the hair follicles. The difference is that electrolysis distributes shortwave radio frequencies via fine needles placed directly over the follicles, meaning it is better for people who have light colored hair.

    Experts say electrolysis is “more permanent” compared to laser hair removal. However, you might need to have several sessions, usually done around 1 or 2 weeks apart to get the best results.

    Electrolysis typically has no downtime. However, some people report discomfort or pain during each session. Also, people who have dark complexions may develop keloid scars.

    How To Remove Leg Hair Permanently: Some Reminders

    Before choosing the better method for leg hair removal, please consider the following tips first:

    Consult a Board-Certified Dermatologist

    You may have a preferred method now, but consulting a dermatologist might change your mind.

    Based on your skin and hair color, the check-up will reveal whether you’ll truly benefit from laser hair removal or electrolysis, or perhaps you’ll have better results with traditional methods like waxing and shaving. If the doctor determines that the procedure will only cause your skin further damage, they might not recommend it.

    Go to Registered Clinics

    Never undergo laser hair removal or electrolysis at someone else’s home or any place with no registration.

    Any procedure should be done by an experienced practitioner. Allowing an untrained person to handle dermatological procedures is dangerous.

    For instance, when an inexperienced person performs electrolysis, the client might develop burns and scarring. Also, electrolysis probes need to be sterilized. If not, the procedure may result in skin or blood infection.

    Be Careful With At-Home Laser Kits

    While looking for methods on how to remove leg hair permanently, you might have chanced upon at-home laser kits. Some devices are indeed FDA-registered, but you must still use them cautiously.

    For one, it may be hard to choose which device is best for you. Secondly, without proper training, you might not obtain the results you’re looking for.

    The best course of action is to consult a dermatologist about the product and have them teach you how to use it.

    Key Takeaways

    Two methods for leg hair removal are electrolysis and laser treatment. Consult your dermatologist to determine which method is best for you.

    Learn more about Skin Care and Cleansing here.

    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Sue Kua, MD


    Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. · Updated Oct 10, 2022


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