Patient satisfaction with laser hair removal

J Cosmet Dermatol. 2003 Apr;2(2):68-72. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2130.2004.00045.x.


Background: Laser hair removal (LHR) is a widely used treatment for unwanted hair.

Aim: To determine patient satisfaction with LHR.

Methods: The clinic offered LHR by long pulse ruby, alexandrite and Nd:YAG. Patients attending the LHR clinic completed a patient satisfaction questionnaire. Satisfaction with LHR treatment was recorded on a linear analogue scale (LAS 0 = laser very much worse than alternative method; 10 = laser very much better than the alternative method).

Results: In terms of hair removal, 71% of patients were satisfied with their treatment. Laser treatment compared favourably with electrolysis and waxing. LHR scored 8.6 when compared with electrolysis and 7.7 when compared with waxing. During LHR treatments, 61% of patients used fewer ancillary methods than before. Most patients would recommend LHR to other persons with unwanted hair.

Conclusions: Most patients were satisfied with LHR.