Laser Hair Removal for Thin, Dark Upper Lip Hair?

I have thin black upper lip hairs that used to blend in with my skin color, but have since gotten a bit dark. Because the hair isn't thick, am I still a good candidate for laser hair removal treatment?

Doctor Answers 5

Yes it will work

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As long as the hair is dark the laser would work. It may take multiple sessions for the best results but you should see some reduction even after the first session. It is important to do the treatments every six to eight weeks and to avoid tweezing or waxing in between. The best laser for thin hair is the Light sheer Duet laser that we use in our office. We have package of six treatments and we offer one year guarantee, or free maintenance touch ups for one year.

Laser Hair Removal

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Thank you for your question. A wide variety of medical lasers and light systems are used to remove unwanted hair, however most lasers are not effective for all skin types and hair colors. The Elos laser hair removal system is designed for permanent hair reduction by combining both optical and radiofrequency energy to deliver satisfying, longer lasting results with less discomfort than previous laser systems. All skin and all hair colors including gray and blonde hair are effectively treated. Faces, backs, arms, legs, faces, and bikini lines can be treated including those individuals with darkly pigmented skin. Treatments are administered every 4 weeks and generally 3 to 5 treatments are sufficient. Best of luck!

Laser hair removal

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Success with laser hair removal has in part to do with thickness or coarseness of the hair but more to do with the color of the hair and its contrast to your natural skin color. If you have a darker skin tone, then it is especially important that you go to a physician who has the exact right laser for your skin type and hair color. You should not get this done if you are actively tan. If you get treated with the wrong laser, you risk scarring and pigmentation problems in the area including lightening and/or darkening of the skin.

Kavita Mariwalla, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

Laser hair removal works best for dark hair

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Sounds like your hair is perfect for laser hair reduction.  The darker the better as the laser usually selectively heats the darker pigments and coagulates the hair bulb so that no more hair is produced.  Multiple sessions are often needed for best results.

Charles Perry, MD
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon

Good Candidate

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Yes, sounds like y ou are a good candidate for laser hair remomval.  The upper lip often requires numerous sessions to get a very nice response.  You will likely get a treatment every 6 weeks of so, maybe for 10 times.  Most people experience very nice results.

Lisa Benest, MD
Burbank Dermatologist

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