Facial Laser Hair Removal
Unwanted facial hair can cause a great deal of stress for the women who have it.
A recent poll by Kelton Research showed that women rate dealing with facial hair as a bigger source of stress than managing their finances.
Having excessive hair on your face can erode your confidence and make you feel insecure about your appearance.
Additionally, constantly putting your face through hair removal treatments can be very irritating to your skin.
It makes sense that women are turning to laser hair removal on face for a solution that’s more permanent than waxing, tweezing or shaving.
Why Do I Have Excess Facial Hair?
First of all, know that you are not alone. More than 6,500 women were surveyed by Kelton, and 96 percent of them reported that they take measures to remove unwanted facial hair.
On average, they remove hair five times a month.
To some women, five times a month sounds like a luxury when they have to spend time removing facial hair every single day.
There are a few causes for too much hair growth on the face.
- 1Genetics. Does it seem like most women in your family have a lot of facial hair growth? Hair thickness and hair growth patterns are hereditary. If this is the case for you, it’s completely normal and something you can take care of with laser hair removal.
- 2Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). This disease will influence your hormones in a way that increases the circulation of “male” hormones in your body. That leads to increased hair growth. If you have PCOS, you can still have hair removed via laser (; however, the hair may be very stubborn and require more treatments than average.
- 3Hormones. During menopause, women experience a drop in their circulating female hormones, which allows the “male” hormones known as androgens to have more of an effect on their body. This often leads to new hair growth on the face.
- 4Medications. Some medications can lead to an increase in unwanted hair. Typical culprits include prednisone and Dilantin. If you think your medications may be to blame, have a discussion with your doctor.
As distressing as it may be, unwanted hair on the upper lip is pretty common.
Women deal with it by waxing, bleaching, shaving or using depilatory creams.
If you wax, you may have noticed the upper lip is very sensitive to pain; that’s also something to keep in mind when you’re going in for laser treatments for this area.
The laser’s pulse can feel like a snapping rubber band on your skin. Even if your tolerance for pain is pretty high, you may want to consider taking steps to minimize pain if you’re going in for upper lip treatment.
A prescription strength numbing gel that you smooth on an hour before your session will cut down on pain the most.
Applying ice before and after will help, and so will popping a few over-the-counter pain relievers.
Undoubtedly the biggest problem with eyebrows is the appearance of a unibrow.
When hair grows between what should be two separate eyebrows, it can create the appearance of one single eyebrow.
Unibrows were actually considered an attractive feature in some cultures, and reportedly still are today in Central Asia’s Tajikistan.
In the rest of the world, however, even men take steps to keep their eyebrows in two distinct pieces.
In addition to eradicating the unibrow, typically through daily tweezing, women also like to shape their eyebrows to enhance their appearance.
However, laser hair removal is not used to shape the eyebrows.
Rather, it can remove the hair that’s growing between the brows and any unwanted stray hair above the eyebrows. Not having to attend to intensive eyebrow maintenance on a daily basis can save a lot of time.
The hair on the sides of the face, in front of the ears, is known as the sideburns.
Sideburns can look stylish on men but not so much on women.
They can make you feel self-conscious about wearing your hair pulled back, and not everyone looks their best with a curtain of hair down each side of their face, which is what many women with sideburns do to hide them. It’s wise to resist shaving this area.
Otherwise, you risk developing a five o’clock shadow.
Laser hair removal can be effective for the permanent reduction of sideburns, and, fortunately, this part of the face isn’t quite as sensitive to pain as others.
Women who are going through menopause often experience an unwelcome new growth of hairs on the chin.
For a few small hairs, it may make sense to opt for electrolysis rather than laser treatment.
Electrolysis works like lasers in that it destroys the hair follicle.
However, it’s performed one follicle at a time with a very fine needle.
That can be extremely time-consuming if there’s a large area to be covered or if the area is very thick with hairs.
If you have a substantial amount of hair on your chin, laser hair removal is a better option.
Many women with polycystic ovary disease experience a distressing amount of hair on their chins (as well as in the abdominal area).
In addition to laser hair removal treatments to reduce the amount of hair, oral contraceptives are often prescribed to help to regulate hormone levels in women with this disease.
Full Face Laser Hair Removal
It’s not unheard of for women to have their entire faces waxed in a salon. Chin, upper lip, sideburns and even some fuzz on the cheeks usually all show up together.
Laser hair removal can help to free you from this constant upkeep on your face.
Most women will need five to seven treatments and can expect to see an 80 to 90 percent reduction in the amount of hair.
That can radically cut down on the time you have to spend removing hair at home or in a salon.
If you are starting laser hair removal on face, there are a few things you should do to optimize your results, such as:
- Do not tan. Doctors recommend avoiding tanning for up to one month before your treatment; this includes the use of self-tanners.
- Stop any hair removal methods other than shaving. Plucking, waxing and bleaching have to be avoided for at least three to four weeks before treatment. Short stubble is the ideal hair length for laser hair removal.
- Remove all makeup and lotion from your face before your session.
- Tell the nurse or technician if you are taking any medications. Certain medications can make you overly sensitive to the laser and result in blistering or other complications.
If unwanted facial hair is causing you stress, laser hair removal is an excellent option. For many women, it takes away a source of daily anxiety and frees up that precious energy for the things that are truly important in life.