The answer is it can be. If done right then the discomfort is minimal. Even tape removal if done right is not to uncomfortable. The key is the prep work (shave) before you tape. If you start with the right tuck and tape carefully it is easy to get a smooth look in the tightest clothes. The sticky at the top of page has a lot of good info.
IWe who are so prone to destroy, should also make great effort to create. By doing this we gain balance within ourselves and our world.