There are no two thoughts here. Unwanted hair growth on your face is always a bother. You can cover up that unshaven/unwaxed leg or arm with pants and a full-sleeved outfit. But what of the face?! Your face is the first thing people notice about you and it’s what greets you every morning in the mirror!
You can’t cover it up and that makes you super conscious! You struggle with shaving, plucking, trimming, trying to stay well-groomed at all times. Rushed trips to the parlour didi or painful plucking at home! And with men, it is that moustache or beard or sideburns not quite shaping up the way imagined! Precious time lost in front of the mirror trying to keep the facial hair shaped & groomed!
You have tried everything and now pondering on laser hair reduction for tackling the stubborn unwanted facial hair once for all. Clearly it’s high on the radar ‘cos we have been getting so many questions on laser facial hair reduction off-lately!
So here we are, once again, with our ‘Ask the Hair Expert’ series; this time to address your queries on the reduction of facial hair using laser treatment, whether it is safe, how to approach it and how we can help you address your concerns on the subject!
You asked: “Can laser hair reduction be done on my face? Is it safe?”
Here’s the answer from the Hair Experts.
Yes. It can be done. And yes, it is safe to have laser hair reduction performed on your face.
The key to safety lies with where and how you get it done!
So, let’s first have a quick recap on how laser hair reduction works at large, and then move on to address laser facial hair reduction specifically.
Laser hair reduction is a cosmetic procedure, performed under medical supervision, that helps reduce the growth of unwanted hair. The procedure is performed by a trained specialist, using a long pulse/ motion speed laser that is set according to your hair and skin type.
You may have read about the science behind laser technology in our earlier blogs. For those unfamiliar, laser hair reduction is basically selective photothermolysis. It targets the pigment melanin in the hair bulb and burns the papilla arresting the hair growth. This leads to permanent hair reduction over time. A person may need about 6-8 sittings, at intervals as prescribed, to permanently damage most of the hair follicles in the particular area being treated. Multiple sittings ensure that hair in all stages of the hair growth cycle is addressed.
Yes, absolutely! Your face is one of the parts where the laser works best! Laser hair reduction for unwanted facial hair is the most convenient way to address your recurring concerns with grooming.
Unwanted hair on your chin, upper lip, sideburns or on your forehead can be addressed very effectively by laser hair reduction technique.
For men, laser hair reduction can works wonders for beard-sculpting, moustache-shaping and even the neckline/back of the neck.
This is of course apart from the many benefits that this methodology offers to both men and women for getting rid of unwanted hair in other parts of the body, from hands and legs to your back or even private parts.
Unlike the rest of your body, as you know, the skin on your face is different by nature. Not to mention that it is also the most exposed part of your body. While you can protect or cover other parts of your body, you can’t do much about your face. It, hence, needs due care and attention when being treated with laser for hair reduction. This is where a trichologist plays a very important role.
What has happened is that with the growing popularity of laser hair reduction, especially for the face, a number of salons, stand-alone technicians, self-styled clinics & ‘experts’ have started offering laser hair reduction as an extended ‘service’. Unfortunately, most of them do not have the necessary technical and medical know-how to guide you right and perform the treatment as it should be. Adding to this, there is little information available to an interested party that is not misleading. All this puts a test on safety and security leading to much apprehensions on the topic.
When you go to a reputed clinic and meet a trichologist, these doubts & worries can be put to a logical end. A trichologist examines the hair using a Capilloscope to understand the pattern and density of hair growth. There are specific parameters for the session, to be used on the basis of your hair & skin type, so as to have optimum results without jeopardising safety. A professional diagnoses and takes a measured call on what is needed for your face.
Also, certain disorders and medical conditions have relative contraindications to laser. Also, laser hair reduction does not show results in some who suffer from certain hormonal disorders. Medical history is very important to be looked into! This is something only a trained medical professional can decipher. Not your beauty salon technician or ‘expert’!
Here is what ideally happens, or should happen, when you go for a laser facial hair reduction:
Your comfort while getting laser facial hair reduction also has a lot to do with the laser technology being used. You have very advanced machines now, such as those using the Cool Brush Technology, that comes with a unique in-built cooling system, with water and cold sapphire.
You will get a complete personalised checklist on the dos and don’ts when you go for your consultation to the clinic. The following are some basic tips to keep in mind meantime.
If at any point during the course of your treatment, you observe any change to your skin or face any discomfort, you should not hesitate to discuss it with your clinic. With advanced technologies and trained professionals in place, instances of concerns are very minimal. But reactions and results vary from person to person. It is hence always good to be aware, cautious and seek professional support when needed!
We don’t have to rally on about the multitude of benefits that laser facial hair reduction offers! It’s one too many!
Laser technique can target a very specific location, to reduce hair growth, without affecting the surrounding skin. This treatment saves a lot of time for women as just a couple of sessions can drastically reduce the need for a salon visit! Both in men and women, it saves a great deal of time that is otherwise spent daily in shaving, threading, plucking or trimming facial hair! Not to mention the money being saved on repetitive temporary fixes! The list of benefits can go on!
Once you have made up your mind though, do go to a reputed Clinic, that has trained & certified hair doctors to consult, the best & latest of technologies handled by professional technicians and the right environment to carry out the treatment sessions in a safe manner. Do not be hasty on this decision. Choosing the right place matters. This would be most efficient & result-oriented; and will deliver on every occasion.
Be informed and take a conscious decision on your way forward! Keep watching this space for more information & updates.
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