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How Old to Have Laser Hair Removal?

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ANSWER:

Reputable clinics will only perform laser hair removal on teenagers under eighteen if they have obtained parental consent.

 

Laser hair removal is relatively safe for teenagers, but this procedure must be approached with caution and preferably as a last resort.

The Laser Hair Removal Procedure

The laser hair removal procedure for teenagers is the same as that used in adults. In this procedure, a laser light is directed to the hair follicles on the skin. This stops the growth of the hair follicle, making the said area hairless for a long period of time or even permanently[1].Laser hair removal procedures, when done correctly, are safe for teenagers in almost any area of the body because the lasers only reach the dermis or the second layer of the skin[2].

Important Considerations for Laser Hair Removal for Teenagers

Reputable clinics will only perform laser hair removal on teenagers below eighteen if they have obtained parental consent.

It is also important for your teenager to understand that a certain level of maturity is required in order to properly prepare for the procedure and maintain the skin after treatment. Teenagers who are active in outdoor sports should avoid sun exposure before undergoing laser hair removal treatments[3]. Aside from natural sun exposure, fake sunlight such as tanning beds and skin tanning lotions should be avoided for at least two weeks prior to the laser hair removal treatment. Religiously applying a high SPF sunblock on the areas to be treated is also essential.

Apart from the safety considerations of laser hair removal procedures for teens, it must be noted that it might not be cost effective to undergo such treatments before the age of twenty, because it is more than likely that the hair will grow back anyway, thus requiring another round of treatments[4]. And although hair regrowth is also normal in adults, the latter will only experience a regrowth of hair that is finer and lighter, which may thus not require laser hair removal treatment[5].

 

Resources

[1]Hirsch, MD, Larissa . “Hair Removal .” KidsHealth . N.p., n.d. Web. 6 June 2011. <http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/hair_removal.html>.

[2]“Laser Hair Removal for Teenage Boys | City Laser Clinic.” Laser Hair Removal Sydney & Permanent Hair Removal – City Laser Clinic. Web. 06 June 2011. <http://citylaserclinic.daverayner.com.au/for-men/laser-hair-removal-for-teenage-boys/>.

[3] “Laser Hair Removal for Teenage Boys | City Laser Clinic.” Laser Hair Removal Sydney & Permanent Hair Removal – City Laser Clinic. Web. 06 June 2011. <http://citylaserclinic.daverayner.com.au/for-men/laser-hair-removal-for-teenage-boys/>.

[4]“Laser Hair Removal for Teenage Boys | City Laser Clinic.” Laser Hair Removal Sydney & Permanent Hair Removal – City Laser Clinic. Web. 06 June 2011. <http://citylaserclinic.daverayner.com.au/for-men/laser-hair-removal-for-teenage-boys/>.

[5]The Mayo Clinic Staff. “Laser Hair Removal: Risks.” The Mayo Clinic. 27 Mar. 2011. Web. 6 June 2011. <http://www.easybib.com/cite/form/website>.

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