Can You Dye Facial Peach Fuzz So You Can Home Laser?

Can you dye facial hair peach fuzz so the at home lasers can remove it?

Doctor Answers 4

Laser Hair Removal Needs the Root of the Hair to be Dark

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For laser hair removal to work, the root of the hair needs to have a high concentration of melanine, which is the target and basis for all light- or laser-assisted hair removal. As the pigment in the root absorbs the laser energy, it generates a heat wave that travels to the area of the hair known as the 'germ center' which controls its growth. If the germ center is damaged, the hair dies. Coloring light hair will only affect the shaft of the hair, not the root, and therefore be ineffective. At some institutions, like Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center for Photomedicine, dermatologists are researching other possible ways to permanently remove light color hair. One that holds promise is PhotoDynamic Therapy, also known as PDT. Stay tuned for very near discoveries! Dr. Bowes

Dying Your Hair Will Not Affect Laser Treatments

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Lasers create a beam of highly concentrated light that penetrates deep into the skin where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat.  This light energy is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. Since hair dye does not penetrate that deeply it will not affect your laser treatments.


Coloring hair for laser hair removal.

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 Agree with my friend Dr. Wasserman on this. In fact one of the very early hair removal systems used this - Thermolase. Nice review if you google Thermolase.

Unfortunately was temporary.


Jason Pozner, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Coloring hair does not make it work for laser hair removal

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This is an excellent question and the clinical studies have been performed.

Unfortunately this method of 'tricking' the laser into seeing the hair does not work.  I am sorry, because this would be an excellent way to treat additional targets with lasers.


Daniel I. Wasserman, MD
Naples Dermatologic Surgeon

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