Can Upper Lip Laser Hair Removal Done Safely for a Teenager? (photo)

Should the treatment be put off until she is older, or is 17 good? She has already gone through puberty. Also, would she be at a higher risk for hyper pigmentation, scarring, or permanent skin damage?

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Laser hair removal for 17 year old

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You may have laser hair removal done at 17. Make sure she is accompanied by a parent or guardian to the consultation. There are many risks associated with laser hair removal so it is really important to choose the right medical clinic at which to have your treatments performed and that you understand all the risks involved with treatment. The risks are the same as for adult patients.  

Can Upper Lip Laser Hair Removal Done Safely for a Teenager? (photo

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Absolutely.  To make it a safe procedure, the appropriate wavelength laser should be used in experienced hands for your darker skin type. Also, the hair should be reduced by provider to stubble, and good aftercare should be explained and given in written form to prevent side effects.



Dr. Malouf

Peter J. Malouf, DO
Fort Worth Dermatologist
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Is it safe to do laser hair removal on teenagers

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17 year old person can get hair removal treatment. A test treatment can be done to evaluate the chance of hyperpigmentation.

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon

Laser Hair Removal for 17 Year Old

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Hi AWOH.  Your daughter is a great candidate for laser hair removal.  We treat patients as young as 13 or 14 as long as the hair is dark and has some thickness to it.  She is no more at risk for the side effects of laser hair removal than other patients.  Look for a practice using a diode or alexandrite laser for best results.  Good luck.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What age can you do laser hair removal

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Laser hair removal works on active hair follicles. It doesn't matter the age of the person - it matters the follicle. Age doesn't make her any more likely to get hyperpigmentation, scarring, etc. but certainly, the experience of the treating office does!

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