I am considering Fraxel Repair for facial rejuvenation and wondering if the laser destroys unwanted hair in the upper lip and chin area...permanently? or not at all?
Does Fraxel Repair Help or Permanently Remove Unwanted Facial Hair?
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Fraxel Repair indications
Fraxel Repair is a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser which targets water in the skin. Hair removal lasers target the pigment cells (melanocytes) in the hair follicle. Fraxel Repair can actually cut the hair but will not permanently remove hair. Fraxel Repair is excellent for skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, and skin tightening but cannot permanently remove hair.
No, Fraxel does NOT remove unwanted hair
Fraxel is used for wrinkles, acne scarring and many other reasons, but removing hair is not one of them. Sorry!
Fraxel repair Does Not Remove Unwanted Facial Hair
Hi Anon in Canada,
Fraxel repair does not affect unwanted (or wanted for that matter) facial hair. There are different laser systems that will address unwanted facial hair.
Good luck and be well.
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Fraxel Re:pair will not remove hair permanently
In order for a laser to remove hair, it has to match up with the color wavelength of the pigment in the hair/hair follicle. The CO2 laser's chromophore (what it's attracted to) is water. So, you might have a very small amount of temporary hair loss with the laser but nothing long lasting.
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