We've all heard the saying "show your best face", but sometimes extra hair makes us feel like the best of us is hidden.
Maybe you've tried other ways to get rid of those unsightly hairs, or maybe you're now seeing changes in your face. Laser hair removal may be the solution.
They present themselves to the world head on; be confident in this presentation.
This article will help you understand what the science says about the safety of facial laser hair removal.
In general, is laser hair removal safe?
The laser used for hair removal is a medical grade device that emits a concentrated beam of light.
Using laser hair removal technology is a safe way to get rid of unwanted hair. Most people find the procedure quick and well tolerated.
Eslaser hair removalgood for skin?
It is important to understand how laser hair removal works to understand why it will not harm your skin.
Laser hair removal acts on the hair follicles since the laser energy is absorbed by the melanin of the hair.
- melaninit is the pigment that gives color to hair and skin; One of its main functions is to absorb light energy, which helps protect the skin from sun damage.
During laser hair removal, the melanin in the hair absorbs the laser energy in the hair follicle, where it causes damage.
- hair folliclesthey are tiny organs that grow in the second layer of the skin; Regulate and grow hair. The human body has many different types of hair. These variations are determined by the follicle and its behavior.
When treated with lasers, the damage hampers the hair follicle's ability to grow hair.
Damage to the hair follicle during laser hair removal usually has no side effects. Occasionally, the epidermis around the follicle may become irritated and red for a few hours after treatment.
- HeEpidermisit is the outer layer of your skin; Its main function is to protect your body from the environment, hence it contains melanin that protects you from the sun's rays.
Because the energy pulsed by the laser hair removal device is absorbed by melanin, treatment sometimes varies for people with lighter hair and people with less contrast between hair and skin pigmentation. Depending on your skin and hair color, different types of lasers can be used for better results.
Occasionally, treatments for people with low contrast, i.e. h Hair and skin color that are similar led to temporary lightening of the skin. You can avoid this by staying out of the sun before and after your treatment and by following the instructions for your procedure.
What the science says about the safety of laser hair removal
Many studies have been conducted to look at both the efficacy of laser hair removal and its safety.
In a large study, 948 patients were treated with laser hair removal over an eight-year period, from 1997 to 2005. Their hair loss during treatment was analyzed and they also received follow-up visits that continued through 2015.
The study found that laser hair removal is effective and safe.
The final report, published in October 2019 inLasers in surgery and medicineshowed that only four of the patients reported minor long-term problems.
Can laser hair removal be performed on the face?
Yes. A facial laser hair removal professional will help you decide which problem areas are best to treat with a laser.
The most common places on the face for laser hair removal are:
- superior lip
- beard area
- the chop
How is facial laser hair removal performed?
Laser hair removal on the face works the same as on other parts of the body. In general, the procedure in the office is as follows:
- In a short consultation, it will be clarified which treatment is appropriate and which areas of your face need to be treated.
- Your face will be prepared for the procedure. This may include using a face pencil to mark, shaving off existing hair, or applying gel to the treatment area.
- You will receive eye protection.
- The portable laser device is used consistently throughout the treatment area.
- Your face will be cleansed and you will be given post-treatment instructions.
So, can you get laser hair removal on your face?
Yes, and the treatment time is very fast. Most sessions last 10-15 minutes, and the actual laser treatment only lasts 1-5 minutes.
How effective is facial laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is an effective way to remove hair from any part of the body. The number of treatments depends not only on your skin and hair type but also on the area to be treated.
According to this massive study, which began in 2005, nearly 80% of facial hair was removed in an average of five treatments.
But how effective is laser facial hair removal? The comparison of this effectiveness with other common hair removal methods such as electrolysis and waxing is especially interesting.
Laser hair removal is more effective than electrolysis or waxing for facial hair.
A study published in 2001 inDermatological Surgerysystematically compared three hair removal methods in thirty subjects. Facial hair removal was one area of the body that the study looked at using needle electrolysis, hot wax, and laser hair removal.
The results showed that laser hair removal resulted in significant hair loss after the first visit compared to electrolysis or waxing, which showed no appreciable difference in growth.
How much does laser facial hair removal cost?
The truth is, laser hair removal will probably cost you less in the long run. Because the effects tend to last longer than other removal methods like waxing or shaving, you'll save money on repeat visits to the waxing salon or expensive razors.
Prices vary per patient and depend on the size of the area you wish to treat and how many treatments are required for your specific skin and hair type.
Most people need 6 to 12 sessions for facial laser hair removal to be effective. Here are the national average costs for a single session in some typical areas:
- Hals $60 – $125
- Upper lip $30-$60
- Chin $30-$80
- Snack $30-$85
At Bridgetown Aesthetics, we offer free consultations to provide you with a personalized quote.
Is laser hair removal safe for the face?
Yes, laser hair removal is safe for your face. Transient side effects have been reported by a small number of patients.
Depending on your skin, you may experience slight redness or swelling for an hour or two after your session.
On very rare occasions, patients experience a transient burning sensation, scabbing, or a change in skin tone, but this is the exception and your laser professional will provide you with the appropriate laser treatments and instructions designed to minimize side effects by adapting to your skin and hair type to avoid.
But is laser hair removal for the face safe in the long term? Yes. Scientific studies have not found any permanent complications.
Scientific Article 1: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy
A study published inCosmetic and laser therapy magazine in 2010 he focused on facial laser hair removal and its long-term impact on the lives of patients.
70 subjects with facial hair completed the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) questionnaire prior to undergoing facial laser hair removal. These results were then compared to a repeat of the DLQI after the patients received a three-month laser hair removal treatment on their facial hair.
The final results of the study showed a significant change toward a more positive quality of life and improved DLQI scores after subjects underwent facial laser hair removal.
HeDLQIwas originally developed by scientists at Cardiff University, UK (formerly the University of Wales). It is the most widely used scientific tool to measure the quality of life of people with skin problems.
The quiz assesses how a skin condition, such as excessive facial hair, affects a person's life, with questions about lifestyle, symptoms, relationships, work, and treatment.
Scientific article 2: Lasers in medicine
A research paper published inlasers in medicinereviewed data from previously published studies and articles to assess how common laser hair removal side effects really were.
Although the aim of the study was to find and assess the negative effects of laser hair removal, the results showed that the overall incidence of short-term problems was very low, while long-lasting effects were very rare.
Scientific Article 3: Dermatological Surgery
The medical condition known as hirsutism is a condition that affects women and causes excessive growth of male hair in areas such as the face, back, and chest.
Laser hair removal has been studied in women with hirsutism to see how effective laser treatment is on their unique hair growth and the results are amazing.
A study published in 2001 inDermatological Surgerystudied the use of laser hair removal in a group of patients with hirsutism. Their hair loss was evaluated after the first, second, and third laser treatment. In addition, complications and problems were analyzed at intervals.
Patients not only saw almost 60% hair loss after just 3 months of treatment, but no side effects were reported.
Laser hair removal is safe and effective for women with medically excessive facial hair growth, which means it's also safe for your hair removal needs.