Facial hair laser removal - hair still growing.

i have been doing laser hair removal for about 5 yrs but my hair is still growing . Does laser hair removal not work on facial hair ???? :(

Doctor Answers 5

Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal is meant to reduce hair growth in an area; it rarely eliminates the hair growth altogether. For more permanent hair removal, I would recommend electrolysis, which can permanently remove unwanted hair by destroying the growth center of the hair follicle. Also, laser hair removal works best on those with light skin and dark hair, so if you do not meet these requirements, you may not see optimal results. Furthermore, you may need additional treatments to tackle any hairs that were not effected by the laser treatment. I would meet with your laser hair removal provider to discuss your options.


Beverly Hills Physician
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Hair growth

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I tell our clients that they should expect 80% reduction in their hair growth, density and thickness after a series of 6 - 10 treatments.  There is no laser available that will completely eradicate hair follicles.  In addition, lasers cannot "see" white or blonde hair, so will have no impact on those.

You should also be aware that there are many low quality lasers on the market.  Make sure you are being treated at a facility with a physician who specializes in aesthetic medicine.

Best of luck to you.

Lisa Jenks, MD
Colorado Springs Physician
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Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal can be very effective on the face. First questions would be, what is the color and texture of the hair? Blond, fine hair is not susceptible to lasers. There needs to be melanin in the hair to absorb the laser light and create heat. It does take multiple treatments. Some people need more than 5 sessions. Hormonal abnormalities can also make hair more resistant.

Gary Nackman, MD, FACS
Clifton Vascular Surgeon
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Laser Hair Removal

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Thank you for your question. Laser hair removal works best on hair that is in the anagen or growth phase. During the phase, hair follicles have more pigment than at other times, making them more susceptible to laser energy. At any given time, almost 90% of your hair is in this phase but because not all of your hair is in this phase at once, it requires several treatments to achieve maximum results. On average, three to five sessions are necessary to achieve maximum results, after which you should experience several months of almost complete hairlessness. Please make sure you seek treatment from a board-certified dermatologist. 

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser Hair Removal Facts--Takes a series of treatments

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This is difficult to tell without pictures. Laser hair removal works best on dark hair and some people need treatments to maintain results. See an expert for a formal evaluation. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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