For some people, facial hair is a style choice. For others, facial hair can feel like a nuisance, and removing pesky hair is a priority. Unwanted chin hairs are a common issue, especially for people assigned female at birth or who have undergone gender transition. Hormonal changes, age, or health conditions like PCOS or diabetes can cause unwanted hairs to grow. You can remove them by shaving, waxing, or plucking, but they typically return in a few days or weeks.
Laser hair removal is a safe, effective, and long-lasting way to remove unwanted chin hairs. Treatment can remove single hairs or more dense hair growth. It also works for people with any skin tone or hair color, and the results last much longer than other hair removal methods.
How Does Laser Chin Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal is an FDA-approved technique for removing unwanted hair. It’s safe to use just about anywhere on the body and can effectively remove hair on the chin, cheeks, upper lip, and neck.
During a laser chin hair removal session, your technician will pass the laser over the treated area. For a small area like the chin, the appointment may take 30 minutes or less. There’s no downtime, meaning you can resume normal activities right after your appointment.
Does Chin Hair Still Grow After Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal uses concentrated light — a laser beam — to heat the melanin in the hair follicle. This damages or destroys the follicle. Hair growth is slowed or stopped, though it may not be permanent.
Most people see results from laser hair removal that last anywhere from several months to several years. Over time, follicles can repair themselves and may start growing again. Hair tends to be finer and softer if it comes back.
How Many Sessions Does it Take to Remove Chin Hair With Laser Hair Removal?
The number of sessions you need depends on how dense the hair growth is in the treated area. Laser hair treatments target hairs that are in the growth stage. If there are hairs that are in the resting stage during your first treatment, additional sessions are necessary to treat those hairs once they begin growing again.
You may see results after one or two treatments if you only have a few hairs on the chin. For clusters of follicles in different growth stages, you may need six to eight sessions. For the best results, space sessions four to six weeks apart. You can return for touch-ups if hair starts growing after your initial treatments.
How Painful is Laser Hair Removal on Your Chin?
Laser hair removal is not very painful. Most people describe it as feeling like a pinch or a rubber band snapping on the skin. If you have sensitive skin, it may be more uncomfortable. You can ask for a numbing cream before treatment to ease discomfort during the procedure.
After treatment, it may feel like you have a mild sunburn with redness and soreness. The discomfort should ease within a few hours. You can apply a cool washcloth or ice pack to ease the pain.
How to Prepare for Your First Chin Laser Hair Removal Appointment
Preparing for laser hair removal is fairly straightforward. Your technician will give you detailed instructions about skincare and medications, such as:
- Avoid any kind of tanning, including sun exposure, tanning beds, and spray tanning for two weeks.
- You should not take antibiotics for two weeks before your appointment.
- Do not wax or pluck the hair on your chin for several weeks. Treatment is most effective when hair is in the follicle. Waxing or plucking removes this.
- You may shave the area until the day of treatment since shorter hair allows the laser to penetrate the follicle more easily.
- If you want a numbing cream, ask your technician when to apply it before your appointment.
After treatment, care for the treated area by following these instructions:
- Keep the treated area clean to avoid irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.
- Use a cool compress to soothe redness or soreness.
- Avoid direct sun exposure to the treated area.
- Ask about which skin care products are safe to use immediately after treatment.
Get Started with Laser Chin Hair Removal in Murray Hill
Good news: you can choose from single appointments or purchase a package of six sessions for the price of five individual sessions. We look forward to providing excellent laser hair removal in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan!