Has Your Teenage Son or Daughter Been Asking for Laser Hair Removal?

Most moms remember when their daughters asked if they can start shaving. It can be an emotional moment thinking, she’s growing up…and once she starts, she won’t stop.

However, there is a right time for everything, and these days, just a few years after asking about shaving, many daughters are asking about getting laser hair removal. The idea of saving all that time that it takes to shave, not having to worry about razor burn or “shaving bumps” and getting rid of unwanted body hair permanently is a very attractive idea at any age.

It’s not just daughters, either. With the progressive technology of laser hair removal, many teen boys are interested in getting treated for body hair, too (such as on the neck or the back).

But when the kids start asking about the treatment, some parents wonder if it’s safe. Are the kids too young? What are the risks involved? And will laser hair removal even be effective on such young skin? Here’s some info.

How Young is Too Young for Laser Hair Removal?

The answer to this is: there’s no average age. Teens might begin asking about laser hair removal between the ages of 13-15. If this is the case, it’s up to you as a parent to decide if your teenager is mature enough to understand that laser hair removal is a step-by-step process, that it takes several sessions, that it’s basically permanent, and that it might hurt a bit. If your child is under the age of 12, it’s advisable to hold off on laser hair removal until they’re a bit older. At 12 and younger, they may not even have all the hair they’re going to have until they finish puberty, and they also may not fully grasp what laser hair removal involves.

Professionals Only

With laser hair removal—even when it’s an adult being treated—make sure the individual operating the laser is a certified, professional specialist. So of course, do your research and check into the laser hair removal technicians first. Look at their reviews and experience, and perhaps even meet them. It’s crucial to make sure the specialist treating your daughter or son knows exactly what he or she is doing, since laser hair removal done incorrectly can result in serious burns and damaged skin.

Is it Effective on Younger Hair?

Laser hair removal is just as effective on teenagers as it is on adults. Basically, there’s no difference between getting the treatment younger or older—you just need to make sure your daughter or son understands the process involved. They will require multiple sessions in order to remove all of the hair, since body hair grows in cycles.

What Risks are There?

As mentioned before, if laser hair removal is performed by the wrong specialist, the lasers can cause skin burns or changes to the skin color. This is why you must find a certified professional with good feedback. It’s also a good idea to find a laser hair removal clinic with lasers that treat all skin types.

If your daughter or son is interested in laser hair removal and you have questions for a professional, certified specialist, please contact us at Monterey Laser & Skin Care.