We all have facial hair to varying extents, and that’s perfectly fine. That being said, if you don’t like those strands of hair on your upper lip, there are a lot of options available to temporary get rid of them. But if you want to zap away those stubborn upper lip hairs permanently, a treatment course of laser hair removal could be the best option for you. But first, a few crucial points to note before you book your first appointment:
1. You’ll Need a Good Dose of Patience:
Laser hair removal is not a ‘once and be done with it’ treatment. In fact, it usually takes at least three treatments spaced five to eight weeks apart to see results, with some people needing up to six treatments. This is because laser hair removal targets hair follicles in the anagen (growth) stage. Given that our hair is usually at different growth stages, it can take a few sessions to wipe out most of the hair strands.
2. Always Work With a Qualified Physician
Your neighbourhood spa might not be the best place to get hair laser removal. There have been cases of people who had a couple of laser hair-removal sessions that went well, only to end up with a nasty burn on the next session.
All because their skin had been overexposed to the sun, and the laser practitioner did not identify that. Most aestheticians at spas lack the medical expertise to make comprehensive decisions that could potentially protect your skin from complications such as laser burns. Therefore, find a dermatologist or medical practitioner who’s certified in laser hair removal.
3. Increase in Upper Lip Hair Can Sometimes Point To Something More Serious
A sudden increase in upper lip hair in women has been linked to more serious underlying conditions. It’s been associated with medical conditions such as adrenal disorders and Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). In fact, more than half of the people who suffer from PCOS experience excessive hair growth, often on their chin or upper lip.
4. Upper Lip Hair is a Normal Occurrence for Many Women
You might be surprised to learn this: but upper lip hair is prevalent among many women. Some women produce more androgens, which causes them to grow more facial and body hair. As a result of the higher levels of androgens, their body and facial hair, including along their upper lip, tends to be thicker.
Other women have more upper lip hair due to genetics or have hair follicles that are more sensitive to androgens, encouraging more hair growth. In these cases, upper lip hair is no cause of concern but just a natural part of how your body is.
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5. Upper Lip Hair Might Have Even Greater Prevalence Among Older Women
Changing hormone levels during menopause has been shown to affect facial hair. As the levels of estrogen in your body start to decrease in your 30s, this may upset the balance of testosterone and estrogen in the body. The result can be a sudden increase in the hair on your face, i.e. more upper lip hair than before.
What was previously fine hair becomes coarser and more visible. Though many women in their forties and fifties might find this bothersome, it’s completely normal and not a cause of concern.
6. Stay off the Tweezer
While it’s okay to shave before your laser session (most doctors recommend their patients shave before the session), stay away from the tweezer. This is because lasers work by targeting dark pigment in the hair follicle, and if you pluck a hair at the root, there’s no pigment left to target.
7. This is one of the Fastest Hair Removal Techniques
Each pulse of the laser beam takes only a microsecond which means a large area can be treated in a relatively short time. In fact, laser hair removal procedure on the upper lip can be done in 90 seconds or less. This means most people are in and out of the clinic in a little as five to ten minutes. Definitely much faster than other popular hair removal methods like waxing or tweezing.
8. Laser Hair Removal Experience Range from Discomfort to Mild Pain
A lot of patients have reported feeling a stinging sensation on their skin during the procedure. Many compare the feeling to a rubber band snapping on their skin. However, this shouldn’t scare you, as the stinging goes away as quickly as it came.
Also, advancement in laser technology has made laser hair removal much safer. Lasers can now selectively target dark, coarse upper lip hairs while being careful not to damage the surrounding skin tissue. Here at Dr Aesthetica, we use Splendor X from Lumenis (one of the most innovative and effective laser hair removal technology).
If you find facial hair a nuisance, upper lip hair can be pretty frustrating. No matter how many times you tweeze, shave or wax, those stubborn tiny hairs always come back. If you want to put an end to this menace, it’s time to look into laser hair removal. This hair removal option has been around for decades and is only getting more effective with more technological advancement being made in the field every year.
Everyone is different, and results vary, but most people can expect to see 80-90% hair reduction in as little as four to skin sessions. So say goodbye to painful and unending costly wax appointments! It’s time to usher in that velvety-smooth skin that doesn’t have a hair in sight. Talk to us today to book your first upper lip laser hair removal session.