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Who Is a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Updated: Apr 5

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Since its introduction to the market in 1998, laser hair removal has emerged as a popular cosmetic procedure in the United States, as reported by WebMD. The desire for a permanent solution to unwanted hair is widespread, given the time and expense associated with methods like shaving and waxing. Despite significant technological advancements in recent decades, laser hair removal may not be good for everyone. In this article, we explore the characteristics of suitable candidates for this procedure and those who might benefit more from alternative hair removal methods.

Before determining if laser hair removal is suitable for you, consider a few questions:

  • Do you have unwanted hair that bothers you?

  • Do you desire smooth, touchable skin?

  • Do you dislike shaving, waxing, or using depilatories?

  • Would you like to save time and money?

  • Are you searching for a safe and effective solution?

If your answer is yes, laser hair removal might be the solution you're looking for.

Health condition considerations for hair laser removal

Are you eligible?

Fortunately, the majority of individuals interested in laser hair removal meet the criteria for treatment. Eligibility typically depends on factors such as skin and hair type, overall health, body hair and grooming preferences.

If you love tanning (real or fake), you might not qualify for laser hair removal unless you avoid sun exposure and tanning for two weeks before and after each treatment. Exposure to the sun 

can increase the sensitivity of your skin to heat, and using a laser on sensitive skin can cause hyperpigmentation, burns, or scarring.

Sunscreen is a must! It's essential for keeping your skin healthy every day.

Who's a good fit for laser hair removal?

Several factors help determine who's an ideal candidate for laser hair removal. To understand these factors better, let's break down how lasers work when targeting hair.

Hair and Skin Type

Laser hair treatment is most effective on dark, coarse hair. But thanks to advancements, some lighter hair types can also be treated. If you have fair skin and dark hair, you're an excellent candidate because the contrast makes it simpler and easier for the laser to target the hair's melanin. However, laser hair removal might be ineffective if you have blond or fine hair. In that case, waxing could be a better option. If you have darker skin or tan, getting the desired results might be more challenging. But newer technology can now handle lower-contrast hair-to-skin combinations. The Fitzpatrick scale helps evaluate whether laser hair removal is suitable for your hair and skin types.

The Fitzpatrick scale

Treatment Area 

When considering laser hair removal, think about where you want it done. It's great for larger areas like the underarms, legs, arms, and back. But it's also effective on smaller areas like the upper lip, chin, and bikini line. Laser hair treatment works best if you have clusters of hair you want permanently removed rather than just a few stray hairs.

Health condition considerations

Being in good health is important when starting laser hair treatments. Tell your practitioner about any past treatments, medications, or changes that might affect your treatments. Here are some conditions that might prevent you from getting laser hair removal treatment:

  • History of melanoma

  • Raised moles

  • Suspicious lesions

  • Keloid scar formation

  • Healing problems

  • Active infections

  • Open lesions

  • Hives

  • Herpetic lesions

  • Cold sores

  • Tattoos or permanent makeup in the area

  • Recent use of Accutane, tetracycline, or St. John's wort in the last year

  • Autoimmune diseases like Lupus, Scleroderma, Vitiligo

  • Pregnancy, trying to get pregnant, or nursing

If you're considering a laser hair removal service, contact Healing Hands of Newtown. They'll assess whether you're a good fit and create a personalized hair removal plan just for you!


Who is NOT a good candidate for laser hair removal?

Certain groups of people may not be good candidates. As mentioned, individuals with light, fine hair may not see significant results from laser treatments. Additionally, areas near the eyes, such as between the eyebrows, should be avoided due to the potential risk of eye damage, even with protective measures in place. Lastly, as a precautionary measure, pregnant or nursing women should refrain from laser hair removal to ensure the safety of their child. While there's no evidence suggesting harm, it's best to err on the side of caution.

How many sessions are usually needed for Laser Hair Removal?

Th sessions required for laser hair removal depends on factor such as hair color, skin tone, and the treatment area's size. On average, most individuals require multiple sessions several weeks apart to achieve great results. Typically, 6 to 8 sessions may be needed for significant hair reduction. Our laser hair removal specialist will monitor your progress throughout the treatment process and adjust the treatment plan as necessary to ensure the best outcomes.

What should I do if I experience reactions like ingrown hairs or razor burns from temporary hair removal methods?

Suppose you're experiencing reactions like ingrown hairs, razor rash, razor burn, chemical burns, or irritation from depilatories. In that case, it may indicate the need for laser hair removal to protect your skin's integrity. The best laser hair removal offers a long-term solution to these issues by targeting hair follicles directly, reducing the likelihood of skin irritation and providing smoother, hair-free skin over time. Schedule a consultation with Healing Hands of Newtown to address your concerns and determine if this treatment is right for you.


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