Does Fraxel Repair Help or Permanently Remove Unwanted Facial Hair?

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?

Doctor Answers 4

Fraxel Repair indications

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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.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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No, Fraxel does NOT remove unwanted hair

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Fraxel is used for wrinkles, acne scarring and many other reasons, but removing hair is not one of them.  Sorry!

Brian E. Dubow, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

Fraxel repair Does Not Remove Unwanted Facial Hair

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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.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Fraxel Re:pair will not remove hair permanently

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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.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

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