I was reading about laser facial hair removal the other day and remembered that my sister had this problem with facial hair when we were growing up. She had some growth on the sideburn area and above her upper lip. It was something that the other kids noticed and it greatly affected her self-confidence.
Fortunately, our cousin who just got her medical license decided to specialize in dermatology. My sister was one of her first (non-paying) patients and they did about 2-3 laser sessions to completely get rid of the unwanted hair. It’s been more than four years and the effect seems to be permanent. It did wonders for my sister’s appearance and self-confidence, that’s for sure.
If you’re grappling with the same problem of unwanted facial hair and trying to figure out a permanent solution to it, laser removal might be a very good option for you. Other methods like depilatory creams, tweezing, and waxing are less permanent, or are relatively more expensive like electrolysis.
The laser method works by having the intense heat of the laser beam penetrate your skin and target the hair follicles to prevent hair growth. In my opinion, laser is far more effective than the rest, but before you set an appointment, a few reminders:
It’s a medical procedure and should be done by a trained medical professional. Stay away from spas or salons that allow non-medical staff to do it. If you must go to such a place, make sure that there’s a doctor who supervises the procedure or is on site for any medical emergency.
Laser works best for people with light skin and dark hair growth. The results are not that good for people with gray, blond, red, or white hair, or with darker-skinned people. However, some facilities do have the technology to perform laser hair removal for people with darker skin.
You can use a numbing cream like GoNumb’s Insane Numbing Cream to lessen the discomfort during the actual procedure or afterwards if you experience any pain or irritation.
Some reddening and light swelling may appear for a day or two afterwards, so you might want to have it done on a Friday if you don’t want your coworkers to notice it.
Laser facial hair removal really works. If you want a more permanent solution for unwanted or unsightly facial hair, go for it.