Laser facial hair removal is a medical procedure that noninvasively removes hair using a laser (a beam of light). While the face is a popular treatment location, laser hair removal can be used anywhere, including underarms, legs, or the bikini area. Commonly treated facial areas include the mouth, chin, or cheeks.
Treatment works best on people with dark hair and light skin. That’s because laser hair removal is conducted by the melanin in the hair down to the underlying hair follicle. However, recent advances mean more people with lighter, finer hair can benefit from this treatment.
For the few remaining people for whom facial laser hair removal isn’t suitable, electrolysis is a viable, effective solution.
With celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, and Chrissy Teigen all opting for laser hair removal, it’s become one of the most popular procedures. In fact, in 2016, it was one of the top nonsurgical procedures in the US, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
How Much Does Facial Laser Hair Removal Cost?
For a single session of laser hair removal, you can expect to pay between $200 to $400. That price can change depending on the experience of the technician and the quality of the equipment used. State-of-the-art machines cost more.
Most people need between four to six sessions — spaced a month apart — to complete the treatment. That means, for an average of five treatments, you might pay between $1,000 to $2,000.
Because the treatment is an elective cosmetic procedure, insurance does not typically cover it.
Facial Hair Removal Laser Treatment — How Does It Work?
Like all types of laser hair removal, a laser is shined onto the hair follicle, which is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. As the light is absorbed, it’s converted to heat, which is conducted down to the follicle, causing permanent damage.
The darker the hair, the greater the light absorbed — that’s why it’s easier to treat people with darker hair.
Because some hair follicles are resting at any one time (around 40%), a single treatment session does not target all follicles. Between sessions, you may see some new hair growth. It is known as “false” regrowth, as it does not come from the treated follicles but from those previously resting.
Multiple sessions of laser hair removal for facial are therefore needed to ensure all follicles are treated once they start growing again.
What to Expect?
During the treatment session, your face will be thoroughly cleaned, and a numbing gel can be applied. Because of the high-power laser, you’ll be given goggles to wear.
The technician will target the laser at the specific location and begin the procedure. You may smell the scent of burnt hair or feel slight discomfort — this is normal and usually mild.
Facial laser hair removal is generally quicker than for larger body areas, like the chest or legs. The procedure may be done in as little as 15 to 20 minutes.
Following the session, you can return to normal life straight away. Noticeable results typically occur after two to three weeks — and significant hair reduction may require several sessions. Once sessions are complete, results should be permanent — requiring only a yearly maintenance appointment.
Where Can You Receive Laser Hair Removal?
It is an extremely safe hair removal treatment suitable for anywhere on the body. Certain groups should avoid the treatment, particularly pregnant women. Otherwise, it’s open to everyone.
Laser hair removal on the face includes:
- Upper lip
What Are the Risks of Laser Treatment for Facial Hair Removal?
No procedure is 100% side effect-free. This treatment has very few side effects, but most resolve on their own. You may experience some:
- Skin irritation
Because of the heat and irritation, it mildly inflames the skin. Applying a gentle moisturizer to the region will allow it to calm down and return to normal. You should not be concerned if you see these signs.
In extreme cases, laser hair removal can cause burns, blisters, and even infection. However, these side effects are very uncommon.
How to Prepare for Facial Hair Laser Removal?
Prior to the procedure, you will want to avoid the following:
- Sun exposure. Laser hair removal is less effective for tanned skin.
- Peels or chemical treatments. These treatments irritate the skin, increasing the risk of a reaction or infection.
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs increase the risk of bleeding during the appointment.
- Make-up. If possible, make-up-free skin is preferred, as it’s easier to target the hairs.
Furthermore, you should reschedule the appointment if you have an open cut or sore (cold sore) on your face.
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