Laser hair removal can remove unwanted hair from any part of the body, but it’s especially popular for women who want to remove hair from their legs and underarms.
Laser hair removal can be done at any age and is safe for most skin tones. However, there are some instances in which laser hair removal should not be done, including:A recent sunburn or tanning session. The skin should be completely healed before undergoing laser hair removal.
Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. These conditions interfere with the healing process after laser treatment.
How old do I have to be?
Laser hair removal is a great way to get rid of unwanted hair, but it’s not for everyone.
The age limit for laser hair removal varies from clinic to clinic. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says that patients must be at least 18 years old to undergo the procedure, but some clinics may require you to be older.
In general, the younger you are, the more likely you are to experience complications such as burns or scars. Laser hair removal is also less effective on dark skin than light skin. But if you’re an adult who wants to remove facial hair or reduce body hair, there’s no reason why you can’t have this procedure done right away.
Can I still get it if my skin is sensitive?
Yes. Laser hair removal works for all skin types and skin tones. It’s also safe for people with dark or tanned skin.
Is hair thickness a factor?
Not really. Some people have thicker hair than others, but the laser can still target and eliminate it effectively. The only exception is coarse hair, which may require a longer treatment time or a higher setting on the laser device.
How long do treatments take?
Each treatment takes about 10 minutes — but that doesn’t include time spent getting into position on the table and removing excess gel from your face afterward (which takes another 5 minutes). If you’re getting more than one area treated at once, this process will take even longer because it takes more time per square inch of skin treated than when laser hair removal is performed on just one area at a time.
Do I have to have all of my adult hair before I get it?
The answer is no. Laser hair removal works on hair that’s in different stages of growth, from just starting to grow to fully formed. But the longer your hair is, the more treatments you’ll need. The laser can only penetrate so far down into the skin, so if you have very dark or thick hair, it may not be able to reach all your hairs with just one treatment. You’ll likely need multiple treatments over time — which adds up quickly.
The best candidates for laser hair removal are those who have thinning or patchy areas of hair growth rather than dense patches of dark hair. If you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for laser removal, talk to your doctor or dermatologist about your options and schedule a consultation if necessary.
Will the color of my skin affect the outcome of the treatment?
- Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in your hairs. This pigment is called melanin, and it’s what gives your skin its color.
- So the answer to this question is yes — the color of your skin will affect the outcome of the treatment. The laser won’t target white, gray or blonde hairs as effectively as it will target dark hairs.
- But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get laser hair removal if you have fair skin. If you’re in good health, are diligent about following all instructions post-treatment, and have realistic expectations about how long it takes to see results (it takes several treatments to see permanent results), then you should be fine.
What Age Can I Do Laser Hair Removal?
If you are taking medication that causes photosensitivity, such as Accutane (isotretinoin), or if you have been told not to expose your skin to sunlight because of an illness such as lupus or amyloidosis (a kidney disorder).
- Laser hair removal is a safe, effective and permanent way to remove unwanted hair. The procedure is comfortable, with no pain or downtime, and can be performed on most areas of the body.
- Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment (melanin) in your hair follicles. The heat from the laser damages these follicles, which prevents them from producing new hairs.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
The cost of laser hair removal depends on several factors, including:
- Age: Younger patients tend to have more success with laser treatments because their skin is more elastic and resilient. However, some dermatologists may still perform treatments on older patients if they are in good health and have a low risk of complications.
- Type of area being treated: A full face treatment will cost more than one focused on smaller areas like upper lip or chin.
- Number of sessions: Most people need three to six total treatments in order to see results; the more sessions you have done at once, the less each individual session will cost per area being treated (though this isn’t always possible).