Having abnormal amounts of facial hair in the chin and the upper lip area can be very uncomfortable for women. It occurs in many women, as a result of factors such as hormones, excessive hair density, or even dark pigmentation. Because of social pressures, it is very common for women to have this unwanted hair removed.
Hair removal on the chin can be done through a variety of means including traditional methods like tweezing, threading and waxing, as well as through convenient methods that make use of depilatory creams or bleaching creams. There are now more advanced and permanent methods to get rid of unwanted facial hair.
The most effective permanent method to remove this hair is arguably with a laser:
Laser hair removal involves the use of high energy beam of light that can destroy the melanin in the hair follicles. Once the follicle is damaged it stops growing hair permanently or for a period of time. It takes about a month or so for hair follicles to regenerate, and when they do, another session of laser treatment can increase chances of permanently ridding the unwanted hair.
Many people have concerns regarding the safety of laser in hair reduction on the face or other sensitive areas of the skin.
So is a laser safe to use in removing hair on the chin and upper lips?
Laser treatment is FDA approved and has a great safety record. It has been proven to an effective way of removing hair on the face and body in the hands of a qualified technician.
However, do note that the technology of laser hair removal has a few limitations. First of all, most machines can only work on light skin tones with dark hair. Certain types of lasers can’t work on melanin-rich dark skin as they may not only damage melanin of hair follicles, but melanin on the skin as well, causing discoloration.
In the same way, it is important to consider that although the hair on the head might be dark, the hair on your face may not be as darkly-pigmented. Laser is then best only for women with dark hair on the chin and the upper lip.
There are however, advanced laser machines that are able to target even medium-pigmented hair. To know whether your hair and you are best candidates for hair removal through laser, consult with an aesthetician or hair removal expert first. Laser can safely take away facial hair on the chin, but it is not for everyone – at least not yet.