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Laser Hair Removal in Japan

Updated on November 1, 2010

Types of Laser Hair Removal Available

Hair removal is called "datsumo" in Japan. The term is very widely used and refers to hair removal by shaving, waxing, laser, or any other means. The term "laser datsumo" (or reezaa datsumo) is used to specifically refer to laser hair removal.

If you live in Japan and choose to have hair removal done by laser in Japan, the first thing you need to do is choose the type of laser hair removal that is best for you. 

How Laser Hair Removal Works

The laser targets the darker colored hair. It can even be used to target the hair under the skin destroying the hair follicle as well as the rest of the hair. The laser devices and process are designed to protect the skin of the patient while burning the hair and follicle. The process may sting, although a topical anaesthetic may be applied to ease the sting. There may also be a smell that arises from the burning hair.

The following video illustrates the way that a laser picks up on the darker melanin in the hair and uses that to destroy it all without damaging the skin. The video explains the process using the way that the heat of the sun is soaked up by darker things and reflected by lighter colored things.

Video Describing the Process in Japanese

Where to Get Laser Hair Removal Done in Japan

If you are in Japan and decide to get some unwanted hair removed by laser, you basically have two options. The less expensive option is going to a esthetician here in Japan. Many of them offer laser hair removal services in addition to various types of massages and beautifying services. Most of them cater to women, but it is not difficult to find "esutee" that welcome men as well.

The esthetician may be the least expensive choice in the short term, but the use of a weaker laser with a wider beam means that patients will require more sessions than required at a clinic. On the other hand, they may have various coupons and discounts that make it much less expensive than a clinic.

Having the work done at a clinic can be much more expensive with costs approaching $10,000 depending on the surface area, body parts, and estimated time for the process. For this price however many clinics offer lifetime guarantees, meaning that if hair returns to the treated areas, they will treat them again for no additional cost.


In Japan, the most common areas for hair removal are the armpits, arms, and legs. The bikini and private areas are less common, but shops are perfectly equipt for the process.

If you are looking for short term hair removal, the less expensive treatment you can get done at an esutee shop may be more than good enough, but if you are looking for a more permanent solution, you may want to spend the money and time at a clinic getting treatment with the highest quality equipment and most experienced professional technicians.

Lastly, I think it is important to point out that the price may not always be an indicator of better service. If you don't happen to speak Japanese, but you intend to try a laser hair removal service in Japan, it may be best to find a place with a technician that speaks English or your native language well enough to make you feel comfortable.


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