FAQs About Facial Laser Hair Removal

Do you have unwanted facial hair? Are you tired of tweezing, waxing, and threading? If you want a more permanent solution, take a look at what you need to know about laser hair removal for the face.

Is This Type of Hair Removal Popular?

Yes, this type of hair removal treatment is a popular pick — for both women and men. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2020 there were 757,808 laser removal treatments done in the United States. Convenience, ease of use, and the longer-lasting effects of this removal option make laser treatments a top choice for many adults who want to reduce or eliminate hair.

What Is Laser Facial Hair Removal?

Laser removal is an easy and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair on the face or body. Facial hair removal requires the use of targeted light therapy (with a laser) to damage the follicle. The laser's light converts to heat as the pigment in the hair absorbs it. This results in semi-permanent, and eventually permanent, damage to the hair follicle. Over time this reduces hair growth and changes hair texture.

What Areas Of the Face Can A Laser Treat?

This type of hair removal service targets specific areas for treatment. Common facial treatment areas include the chin, upper lip, neck, and sideburn spaces. The area you choose to treat depends on your hair growth pattern and cosmetic needs. 

Are Laser Treatments Painful?

Any hair removal treatment comes with the potential for some level of discomfort. You could cut yourself while shaving, waxing can pull at the skin, plucking or tweezing often hurts, and threading may feel like small pinpricks. Laser removal may have a similar type of discomfort for some people. 

If you have concerns about sensitivity, ask about numbing gel. This topical option can desensitize delicate facial areas and make you more comfortable during the procedure.

How Will Your Face Look After A Hair Removal Procedure?

You will see some immediate results. Full facial hair removal may take several laser sessions. After the first session, you may notice lighter, thinner hair, and after several sessions, you may notice less hair growth. 

While there is typically no downtime after a facial hair removal procedure, you may have some redness or swelling. Unlike the after-effects of hair removal on the body, you can't hide this type of redness under your clothes. Before you slather on makeup to mask this short-term aesthetic issue, talk to your dermatologist or medical provider. Some skin products may aggravate your already irritated skin.