Facial Laser Hair Removal
Getting Laser Hair Removal for Face in Atlanta
Facial hair can be embarrassing, annoying, and problematic for both women and men. And for many the embarrassment can take an emotional toll on a person’s self esteem. Facial hair growth can be attributed to ethnicity, or it can be hormonally driven. While facial laser hair removal is done on the surface, its confidence-boosting effects are deeply felt.
The Hormone Factor in Women
Many women have excessive facial hair ranging from a few unwanted hairs to a full-grown beard pattern similar to men. Often this is due to a hormonal imbalance where the female body over-produces male hormones (testosterone).
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal reproductive issue in women of childbearing age, and we see many women with this condition who come to us because of their unwanted hair.1
Women naturally produce both male and female hormones. When women have higher levels of the male hormone it can lead to changes in the body such as:
- Irregular menstrual cycles, missed periods or very light periods
- Increased growth in hair on the face, chest/breasts, abdomen and back
- Weight gain or obesity, usually carrying extra weight around the waist
- Worsened acne, oily skin or dandruff
- Thickened or darkened skin patches on areas of the body such as: neck, arms, breasts, or thighs
- May or may not have many small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) in the ovaries
Because of the hormone changes, women with PCOS are more likely to develop certain serious health problems. These include type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and problems with the heart and blood vessels. Women with PCOS often have difficulty conceiving (ability to get pregnant).
Medication is the most common treatment for PCOS, because it can effect and control the body’s hormone levels.2 It is important to note, however, that rarely do these medications affect the production of unwanted hair. The most common medications used to treat PCOS include:
- Oral contraceptive pills, which contain a combination of female hormones. They can help bring hormones back into balance and reduce or eliminate symptoms.
- Metformin, a diabetes medication, has been shown to help with PCOS symptoms
- Antiandrogens, medications that can help reverse the effects of male hormones. They help reduce hair growth and clear acne. They are often combined with oral contraceptives.
PCOS and Facial Laser Hair Removal
At WIFH, we see so many women diagnosed and undiagnosed with PCOS who come to us for facial laser hair removal. The hormones cause a male pattern of hair growth, which is why facial hair is such a common problem among these patients.
The results these women see from laser hair removal treatments are amazing, and frankly, the most rewarding for us.3 Some of these patients enter our office timid and embarrassed by the hair on their faces. Often they have a “five o’clock shadow” by the end of the work day causing them to avoid evening functions related to work, or being social with friends and family.
During the course of their laser hair removal treatments, these women change so much. Not only do they have less facial hair, but we see their confidence and self-esteem come back. They feel beautiful and more attractive.
The emotional gain and freedom is priceless. Woman with PCOS will see a significant reduction in hair growth, typically between 60%-80%. We tell all of our PCOS patients to expect to do two or three touch-up sessions a year to maintain their results. We offer custom facial laser hair removal packages for PCOS packages along with maintenance packages.
Dark Facial Hair Growth & Facial Laser Hair Removal
At WIFH, 40% of our patients have darker skin tones, representing 52 different nationalities. We have safely been treating all skin types for the last fifteen years. In fact, we have patients that travel to see us for their laser hair removal treatments from all over the country because of our expertise.4
Everyone on our team has extensive experience treating these skin types and have been personally trained by Dr. Kulkin. Below, we provide an overview of our experience with facial laser hair removal in each of these skin types and the unique issues they each face.
African American Patients
These patients typically have dark, thick, coarse hair that has a tendency to curl and cause ingrown hairs on various parts of the body.
These ingrown hairs cause uncomfortable bumps and skin discoloration which produces an almost disfiguring appearance often leading to infections (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae).
With facial laser hair removal, we are able to successfully reduce bumps and ingrown hairs, with a marked improvement in discoloration, making the skin look so much better. See our photo gallery for many examples.
Many men and women are forced to use clippers instead of razors due to the bumps caused by ingrown hairs; we are able to resolve this issue as well. It is important to note we have accomplished these great results without a single burn and without pain to our patients.
We often see patients that have previously had treatments at other Atlanta laser hair removal facilities with far less expertise who have had poor experiences making them quite nervous to begin the laser hair removal process again. Rest assured the experience here is different as stated by so many of our patients. The YAG laser is clearly the safest laser for this skin type and is the only laser used in our office on this skin type.5
Asian/South Asian/Indian Patients
These facial laser hair removal patients typically have dark hair all over their faces, but the hair is often very fine on the cheeks and coarse on the lip, chin and sideburns. As a result, the thicker hairs will respond to the laser better than the finer hairs.
We see excellent results in these patients with facial laser hair removal, but want patients to be aware that the fine hair may require additional treatments than the coarse hairs require. Our patients are very pleased with the results as evidenced by the fact that we often care for many members of the same family both immediate and extended.
- Lee CM (2018). Laser-assisted hair removal for facial hirsutism in women: A review of evidence. Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy. 2018; 20(3:) Pages 140-144. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29020474
- Jin P (2018). Treatment strategies for women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Gynecological Endocrinology. 2018; 34(4): Pages 272-277. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29084464
- McGill DJ (2019). Laser hair removal in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, & Aesthetic Surgery. 2015; 17 (5): Pages 267-272. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25803567
- Arsiwala SZ (2019). Methods to overcome poor responses and challenges of laser hair removal in dark skin. Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology. 2019; 85(1): Pages 3-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30027915
- Richter, AL (2011). Laser skin treatment in non-Caucasian patients. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 2011; 10 (12 Suppl): Pages S17-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22577688