Kent V. Hasen, MD: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Med Spa of Naples
3699 Airport Pulling Road North
Naples, FL 34105
Phone: (239) 262-5662
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Top 3 Most Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal

1.Will laser hair treatments be effective for the “peach fuzz” on my cheeks?

All lasers on the market target the pigment found in the hair follicle. If hair is grey, blonde, red, or white, the laser is unable to “see” the hair and will not target the follicle. As a result, only dark hair is treatable with laser hair removal. Since “peach fuzz” is typically light, it is best treated with waxing or dermaplaning.

2. I know I need around 9 treatments for best results. Can I have the treatments every 2 weeks, instead of every 4-6 weeks?

While it would be great if we could speed up the treatment process, there is a reason for waiting 4-6 weeks between treatment. At any given time, our hair is in a resting phase, a growth phase, or a shedding phase. Laser hair only targets the hairs in the growth phase. On average, hair of the trunk (bikini, underarms, face) enters the growth phase every 4 weeks, while hair of the legs and arms enter every 6 weeks. Treating earlier than these parameters is essentially useless because no new hairs are being targeted.

3. I’ve been avoiding the sun and the beach, so I got a spray tan instead. Is this okay?

Spray tans are excellent for avoiding the harmful aging and skin cancer inducing effects of UV radiation. However, they are still a contraindication to a laser treatment. The pigment in a spray tan can “confuse” the laser and cause complications. Before a laser treatment of any kind, it is imperative to practice strict sun precautions and have clean skin (including free of spray tan).

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