Laser Hair Removal for Nasal Hair?

Can hair be removed from the outer and inner nasal area with electrolysis? My nose is getting quite hairy as I age. Can this hair be removed with any treatment safely?

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Laser Hair Removal for Nasal Hair

A good electrologist can safely remove some hairs from this area – under the guidance of a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. We have had an electrologist in our office for almost 25 years – and she is extremely adept on treating single or multiple hairs with those modality. She also uses lasers and IPLs for hair removal under my supervision --- she has a passion for hair and its removal.

Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser hair removal around nose

The first issue is that electrolysis is different than laser hair removal. One uses heat developed by light to remove hair (lasers) and the other uses heat developed by electricity (electrolysis) to remove hair. Because we perform only laser hair removal we will avoid commenting on electrolysis. It is possible to perform laser hair removal safely ONLY on the exterior areas of the nose. The interior nostril area is made up of mucous membranes that would be burned if laser hair removal was performed in this area.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Hair Removal for The Nose

Nasal hair plays an important part of the human body’s defense system. Along with the cilia farther up the nose, nasal hair prevents floating dust and microscopic germs from finding their way into the lungs and wreaking havoc. I advise nasal hair to be removed only if it overgrows its territory. Hair removal is a series of treatments. Usually 6-8 treatments can be done 4 weeks apart.  One of the things that will determine your outcome is that the hair is pigmented (color).  Hair that is void of color, blonde, gray and white cannot be targeted for laser hair removal.  Keep this in mind if you decide to do laser hair removal.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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LASER hair removal inside and out

The hairs of the nose (vibrissae) serve a purpose to filter the air around us. Removing the hair can potentially lead to a less physiological mechanism of the nose. On the other hand, hairs of the nose can be unsightly and plucking nasal hair can lead to potentially deadly infection. Excessive nasal hair can actually lead to worse function of the nose.

LASER hair removal is an option for select persons and is effective in removing hair from the nose. Typically, 2-4 sessions are required to permanently reduce the amount of nasal hair.  In our experience, the mucosa of the nose has not been altered with LASER hair removal of the nose.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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