I started laser hair removal treatment on my face in November 2011 and at first I was pleased with the results, however I have noticed that the further I go into the treatment the thicker my hair seems to be getting.
I now have hair growing in areas of my face that hair was not growing before. I'm worried as it is noticeable and I have read that there is a 50% possibility that waxing and threading after laser hair removal may cause the hair grow back even thicker. I don't know what to do about it now.
I don't want the hair to stay there as when I leave it without shaving it off it looks a bit like a beard but I'm worried if I continue to shave it off it will look more like a man's beard. Can you offer a solution?
Reply Could you please tell me when your last treatment for full face hair removal was? And whether your treatment is being done here at Affordable Laser or with a different Clinic?
I m a 25 years old guy in this year 2013 i got plenty hairs on my body as well on my face also i dont have problem with mine body hairs but i have problem with facial hairs which came above my beards around my eyes and on my front neck also. So please advice shall i go for laser treatment for my face.
Regarding facial hair, you would like to know if you should go for hair removal on the face.
My advice to you is, come in for a consultation and a free patch test, where the therapist can assess your skin type, your hair growth and she can actually give you the appropriate advice.
From what you've written, it seems to me that you are suitable for laser hair removal, because it seems that your hairs are quite thick. But my advice is, come in and see a qualified therapist who will be able to refer you.
Threading After A Laser Hair Removal Treatment on my Face
Can i get threading done on an area where i have just had laser hair removal. ie My Face?
Some clients will resort back to threading their face after they have had laser hair removal. Normally we would recommend you trim or shave the hairs.
If you do want to do threading you can - but please bear in mind there could be a possibility if you pull the hairs out the root you can actually stimulate a bit more hair growth. However the majority of clients that have gone back to threading have actually been fine but there has been some cases the hairs have been stimulated.
how much is the cost and how many session we need for 2 small parts from the face area?
Reply We always recommend a minimum of six sessions. For the face area it depends on your hair growth and colour. The best thing to do is contact your local branch and book yourself a free consultation.
They will advise how many sessions you will need and check your hair type
Hey i get my chin cheeks and upperlip done. I wanted to know how regularly can you shave in between appointments. Im On my 3rd session now i have 8 in total. It just fustratesme because hair is growing back.
Reply Hi Simran,
Firstly, I need to highlight that with Laser hair removal in order to see the best results you need to continue to do 6 – 12 sessions. Following this you will require maintenance sessions. You are still very early on in your treatment.
The Face is a very hormonal area; therefore you must be very patient with your treatment. There are many hair follicles on the face, some of these are dormant. Just within 1cm by 1cm square of the face you can find up to 500 follicles of hair.
As you are now onto your third session you may begin to start to see a result. Laser hair removal only works on those hairs that are within the Anagen growth phase. This means that your hair is connected to the blood supply and in a "growing phase".
During the time of treatment if your hair was at this growth stage then you may have been able to permanently disable it’s growth. There is currently no scientific method of measuring which stage your hairs may be within.
We recommend our clients to shave once the night before their arranged treatment date and to then shave again after 10 days. Treatments should be spaced out every 4 weeks initially until you start to see the growth slow down. For the first few sessions the growth may return faster than 4 weeks. If this is the case you can shave as and when needed. It is best to keep shaving to a minimum though.
Between your 5th and 6th session, your hairs should hopefully have slowed down enough for you to not feel the need to be shaving so soon or as often. At all costs do not try alternate methods which pull the hairs directly from the root such as threading or waxing. Hopefully your need to shave will reduce and you will feel more confident about the treatment.
If you are still concerned you can meet your therapist for a consultation or contact me for any further advice.
Hi I would like to get my facial laser hair removal done for my whole face but I'm really worried about my face looking stubbly in between treatments!?!
I am very confused. Could you explain what the hair growth is like in between the treatments? thank you.
If your hair growth on your face is very very think and noticeable, your hair may grow back exactly the same in between the first few sessions but eventually they will start to get finer.
Normally what happens is when you have a course of sessions the hairs will start to shed normally 5-10 days after treatment.
When I mean shedding, I don’t mean they will fall out into your hands but if you try to pull one hair out it should come out easily without tugging at it or you could get a scrub and the hairs will start to shed.
As your hair growth cycle maybe different to others at this stage we can’t tell how much hair growth will come back in between the sessions.
So for example if after two weeks you notice growth coming through this is new growth and has nothing to do with your pervious treatment that has taken place. This growth will be treated in your next session.
Normally after the first few sessions your new growth will be patchy and this is normal.
Some clients do assume that the area treated will be all cleared after the first few sessions and there will be no hairs present unfortunately this is not true. Hair will be patchy due to the different stages of re-growth.
For facial laser hair removal we recommend 12 sessions as the face is very hormonal compared to other parts of your body, therefore more sessions are required.
If this all sounds confusing come in for a consultation and one of the therapist will look at your hair growth and will be able to explain the treatment more in detail.
I have done 4 treatments on my face, and now i have thick and black hair on my cheeks and chin whick were fine before. I have fair skin. The machine used is GentleLase. My doctor said that they will eventually lessen after more treatments. But now i am scared, will more treatments really help or will they make it worse? Should i stop now or get more treatments done? I don't want to spend money on something that won't help now.
Reply Hi Sameera
Laser hair removal should only be conducted on people who are the right candidates for it. This means that you must be using an appropriate laser which suits your skin type. Your hair growth must be thick, coarse and dark.
If you do not have growth like this then laser can be ineffective. Laser does not work on red, grey or blonde hairs.
The main function of laser is that it targets the melanin (colour) in the hair follicle; with finer hairs it is difficult for the laser to reach the melanin. You have stated that you had fine hairs before starting laser treatment meaning the laser may have stimulated an increase in hair growth rather than to reduce it. This can be quiet common.
As your hairs have now become stimulated if you choose to begin another hair removal method such as waxing it is unlikely that you will see the hairs return to their original state. This will simply remove the hairs for 3 – 4 weeks and they will continue to come back thick on their return. I recommend that you continue with a laser course as this will help to reduce your hair growth. The GentleLase laser is very effective for fairer skin types so following a course of 6 – 12 sessions should be beneficial.
As you are treating the face area you must be patient, as this is a hormonal body area. From my experience I have seen that it can sometimes take longer to treat the face area in comparison to body areas.
You must ensure that the therapist is only covering areas on the face where there is thicker hairs in order to avoid any further stimulation. Do not worry, if your doctor or therapist is careful then you should not see the growth worsen.
Hi I want to get laser hair removal on my face and neck except my forehead. I'm getting married next year summer 2012 and want to get it done asap but I am really scared if I get it done they might get worse as I have black hair or I might get scars on my face. Can u please help me I don't know what to do.
Answer Hi it’s best to come in for a consultation where the therapist will assess your hair growth and can carry out a free patch test which will then determine if you have any skin reaction.
If you do get a reaction from the laser you will not be able to carry out the treatment. Mild reaction could be like a mild sun burn but that normally disappears within 24hrs. You may get mild itchiness again that disappears in 24hrs. A severe reaction could be, pigmentation, bruising or swelling.
If we see that your facial hair growth is very fine and fluffy then there is a 50% chance that laser could stimulate more growth in that area. My personal advice is there is no pint in treating laser with fine hairs on the face because it could stimulate hair growth in that area.
If your hairs are dark black/ brown then it is advisable to get laser done as it works better on darker hairs, however the best thing for you to do is come in for a free consultation where the therapist can assess your hair growth.