27th July 2021

Laser Hair Removal on the Face: Everything You Need to Know

For the record: Body hair is perfectly natural, wherever it is. That being said, sometimes people develop insecurities linked to their facial hair's appearance. Many times this affects their self-confidence or causes embarrassment and psychological distress. So it's totally understandable to want to get rid of facial hair.

After all, our faces are the most visible parts of our bodies. 

And this is not an issue limited to women. Both men and women often complain of unwanted facial hair. In either instance, you can benefit from laser hair removal, irrespective of your gender.

Why Laser Hair Removal?

As the name suggests, laser hair removal treatments involve the use of laser light technology. The primary goal of laser hair removal is to utilise a laser beam to target and damage hair follicles. 

The pigment in a hair follicle absorbs the laser energy and the heat generated "burns" the hair follicle without causing injury to the surrounding tissues. Once the hair follicle is destroyed, the hair won't grow back.

For extra safety, the best lasers also have epidermal cooling systems incorporated to reduce pain and side effects, especially in darker skin types.

 This allows for the laser treatments to be done on any part of your body, including legs, chest, arms, bikini line and face. 

Keep in mind that multiple sessions are needed for the best results— they can vary from 4 to 12 treatments. 

Depending on the body area, our laser technician will advise you on the ideal number of sessions

The key to success with laser hair removal is to be consistent until you see your desired results. The best part: this hair removal method is so effective that you will be naturally inclined to complete the total number of sessions needed.

With a success rate of up to 90% permanent hair reduction, laser hair removal has emerged as the best solution for eliminating unwanted hair on a person's face. 

Most individuals see complete or significant hair loss, which means less maintenance. After your initial sessions, laser removal may require only one once-a-year treatment to maintain a hair-free look.

Another hair removal option is electrolysis, but it's more painful, more expensive, and much more time-consuming.

Laser Hair Removal on the Face

When it comes to laser hair removal, pretty much every area of the body skin surface, including the face, is fair game.  

For women, typical problem areas are the upper lips, cheeks, chin, and sideburns, while for men, it's the neckline, beard, and back of the neck.

When getting a facial laser hair removal treatment at our clinic, it's imperative you follow all the general pre-and post-care instructions, as well as any special instructions from our laser technician. 

This is the best way to maximise the results from your laser sessions.

Prior to Laser Appointment

For one, avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks before your treatment, which means wearing sunscreen, hats and staying out of the sun as best as you can. 

Before the actual treatment, it's vital that you have as little hair as possible above the skin to minimise the risk of an adverse reaction. (Remember, hair pigment absorbs the laser energy). This is why we will require you to shave the area completely a day before the treatment.

The treatment area will be cleaned and prepared for treatment. Your laser technician will also talk you through the treatment to ensure you won't experience any surprises. We will also provide you with protective goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beams.

This is a quick procedure that takes 5-10 minutes, depending on the areas of your face we are working on.

After Laser Appointment

After the session is done, don't forget to stay out of the sun and avoid excessive heat exposure of the treated area for at least 2 days after the laser session. 

Sunscreen is essential both before and after your treatment. This is because your skin is extra sensitive while you're getting the treatments done, and the chance of getting a burn is far higher than usual.

For the next two or three weeks, the facial hair begins to fall out, but you may not notice the actual shedding of the hair. 

After your appointment, exfoliating the area 48-72 hours can speed up the shedding process and help prevent ingrown hairs.

Common Questions Our Clients Ask About Facial Laser Hair Removal 

General:

Can laser hair removal get rid of my unibrow?

A unibrow refers to long eyebrows that connect together. Also called a monobrow, it can make one self-conscious. This is why people try out all kinds of methods to deal with unibrows, including tweezing and waxing.

However, tweezing is extremely time-consuming, and eyebrow waxing can be painful, leaving your skin red and sore for hours following treatment. 

Fortunately, there's an easy way to get rid of it once and for all: Eyebrow Laser Hair Removal. With this non-invasive procedure, you won't have to worry about connecting eyebrows. 

Not to be confused with eyebrow shaping, eyebrow Laser Hair Removal targets the excess hair follicles and gets rid of those pesky hairs that sprout up between the brows.

And don't let anyone attempt to reshape your eyebrow itself with laser. There is a high risk of targeting the hair you would like to keep and even destroying the shape of the eyebrow itself.

tweezing unibrow

Is laser hair removal safe for the face?

Yes, laser hair removal is safe for your face. Scientific studies have found no enduring complications as long as the appropriate laser is used and a qualified technician carries out the treatment.

That being said, temporary side effects have been reported by a small number of patients. After the treatment, some people will experience slight redness and swelling similar to a mild sunburn. 

This generally subsides shortly after treatment, but we can recommend a soothing topical cream to alleviate any inflammation. For example, aloe gel or hydrocortisone cream can help relieve redness and sensitivity. 

Does laser work on all hair colours?

Laser hair removal is best on dark hair because laser light targets the dark pigment in the hair follicle. The more pigment in your hair—darker hair has more pigment—the more effective laser hair removal can be. 

However, thanks to the fact that we use the latest laser technology, we can still target red, white, or blond hair. But since there's less pigment, the treatment may take a little longer, or you may need extra sessions to achieve the look you want.

Is upper lip laser hair removal more painful than other areas?

Laser hair removal tends to be more painful around the thin skin of the upper lip, while in areas where your skin is thicker — like your chin and sideburns — the pain is way more manageable. 

Having said that, pain tolerance varies, so it's really dependent on the specific person. If a patient has a difficult time with the procedure, an ice pack or topical numbing cream applied to the area before the appointment should provide some relief.

upper lip laser hair removal

Women:

Will pregnancy affect laser hair removal results? 

While pregnancy hair changes aren't usually permanent, they might feel frustrating or unwelcome. Sometimes hair can grow back during pregnancy due to the changes in hormone levels. 

Other women find that they grow hair on the face for the first time during their pregnancy. On the flipside, many women lose some of these hairs in the postpartum period. 

Once the baby is born and hormones return to normal, a few laser treatments will get things to go back to the way they were. 

Men:

Will laser hair removal reduce ingrown hair?

A lot of guys complain about razor bumps which include clusters of inflamed, red, or dark bumps that appear around their beard region after shaving. 

Essentially, these are ingrown hairs that are a result of hair growing in the wrong direction. Here's where facial laser hair removal comes to the rescue, especially among men who are prone to ingrown hair on their chins and necks.

 In fact, it only takes 2-3 sessions to see a significant improvement as ingrown hairs disappear, allowing the razor bumps to heal and the skin to come back to its natural smooth condition. 

And don't forget the added benefit of reducing the itchiness and irritation that coarse and dense hair growth can cause.

ingrown hair laser hair removal

Expect the Best with Dr Aesthetica

Laser machines are like cars. They are safe as long as whoever drives them knows the power, the risks and the limits of the vehicle. 

At Dr Aesthetica, we want people to look and feel their best. Our approach combines the latest in laser technology with the best standards in staff training and an artistic flair for beautiful results. Drop the tweezers and pick up the phone. Talk to a laser specialist today.

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Dr Aesthetica is a Medical Aesthetic Clinic offering professional Botulinum Toxin, Dermal Fillers, Profhilo, Microneedling, Skin Peels and Advanced Home Skincare treatments in the Birmingham area.  Our aim is to solve your Aesthetic and Cosmetic related issues with non-surgical interventions.
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