Laser hair removal has quickly become the leading process for removing unwanted body hair. For some women, facial hair is the most difficult and embarrassing hair to reckon with, but laser hair removal can help immensely.
When women start growing excessive hair in areas of their body that usually happen on men, it’s known as a condition called hirsutism. Hirsutism affects about 5% of women and is characterized by dark and coarse hair growing on the upper lip and chin, as well as the back, shoulders, chest and stomach. This condition is partially genetic, and if your female relatives had hirsutism, you are more likely to develop it. Another possible cause of hirsutism, or abnormal facial hair growth in general, is an overabundance of the male hormone androgen. Androgen is produced in women in very small amounts, but if something sets off its production, high androgen levels can cause a number of physiological changes, most notably hair growth. Hirsutism is more likely in women who have a primary condition like polycystic ovary syndrome (when multiple, small cysts grow on the ovaries) or Cushing’s syndrome, which results from the overproduction of the hormone cortisol. Even without an official diagnosis of hirsutism, women can suddenly find that they have excessive facial hair.
Laser hair removal is an incredibly effective way to remove any unwanted body hair. Dermatologists have been using laser technology to zap away hair from the underarms, back, bikini line and anywhere else hair is less than desirable. Rather than just burning off the visible hair above the skin, laser hair removal finds the follicle and destroys that, keeping hair from growing back for much longer than shaving or even waxing. In cases where laser hair removal routines are maintained, it’s possible to fully halt hair growth in targeted areas, including the chin or upper lip. While that’s not a guarantee, you should expect the results to be stunning, even if continued maintenance visits are required. Unlike waxing or shaving, the hair isn’t gone immediately. Instead, it will fall out as the follicle dies and is absorbed by the skin.
Lasers destroy the hair follicle by exposing it to intense but short bursts of light and heat. This means that the skin around the follicle is unaffected by the pinpoint accurate blast of heat that the follicle was subjected to. As a result, pain is possible but not extreme, and it wouldn’t hurt any more than a waxing would. Since laser hair removal looks for contrast, it targets darker follicles against lighter skin. As a result, it works best on people with fair skin and dark hair, though the technology is quickly making it more effective for all skin tones and hair colors. Unlike razors or waxing strips, laser technology isn’t limited by the topography of skin, meaning it can reach every follicle in an area, even ones that razors always seem to miss. No more plucking those stubborn few hairs that hang around after a waxing.
Treating your upper lip and chin with laser hair removal is not a slow-moving process. Lasers target and get to work very quickly, and even removing hair on larger areas of the body is a snap. Preparing for a waxing takes time, but with lasers, your dermatologist can get started right away.
Waxing often produces swelling, redness and, let’s face it, sometimes extreme pain in the moment. Laser hair removal essentially has the same side effects of waxing, except the pain is usually less intense, albeit more spread throughout the session. Since laser hair removal side effects include discomfort, you may want to ask about using a topical anesthetic during the process. For some people, skin after laser hair removal looks a bit like a sunburn, which is a natural response considering the lasers use intense light. In the end, laser hair removal treatments are an incredibly safe procedure in the hands of a medical professional, so there’s very little to worry about when a dermatologist performs the treatment.
If you’re thinking about laser hair removal for your unwanted facial hair, look no further than the experts at Northeast Dermatology. Reach out for a consultation today and take a prolonged break from unwanted facial hair.
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