Facial Hair Removal
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are intended to answer a lot of the most commonly asked questions that you may have about a specific procedure. Please remember that what you read in this section is only intended to provide you with a general answer to a question and should not be considered in any way a substitute for a personal consultation with Dr. Papadopoulos.
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What happens to facial hair as we age?
Female facial hair tends to worsen with age. This is because as a woman's skin ages, many facial hairs convert from the essentially invisible type (vellus hairs), which generally cover our face naturally, to the larger, more obtrusive terminal hairs. This is often seen on men as well, especially on their ears. Thus, as hair thickens over the years, more hairs become cosmetically problematic and may require laser treatment.
What about men's facial hair?
And guys, if you are tired of taking the time to shave every morning so that you look smooth and professional at work, let CosmeticCulture help you achieve the groomed appearance you’ve always wanted. In addition to eliminating the need for further shaving, this will prevent irritation and the development of pseudo-folliculitis the name medical experts give to painful, inflamed razor bumps so commonly experienced by the male population.
Other facial hair removal methods (for information only, CosmeticCulture does not offer)
Depilatory creams These creams work by dissolving hair at the base of the follicle. They are better suited for widespread and less sensitive areas like the legs, but can be problematic when used on the face because they irritate the skin and often don't remove all of the hair. The only real upside of depilatory creams are that they are relatively inexpensive. However, on the average, results will last for one to two weeks before one needs to repeat the procedure. Still in the long run, the laser facial hair removal procedure is more cost effective as well as permanent.
Electrolysis This procedure uses low-level electricity to disable, or render the hair follicles inactive. On the plus side, results last longer than with waxing and depilatories, but the process is time consuming, costly and many say painful due to the hair by hair removal process. Often, it takes years of repetitive treatment and a great deal of expense to achieve the desired result. Finding a reputable practitioner is a little scary because electrolysis, when performed incorrectly, can cause scarring. If you do opt for electrolysis treatment, make sure your doctor or nurse uses a new needle for each session. Remember, at CosmeticCulture we only perform hair removal with laser.
Tweezing Some women choose to tweeze unwanted hairs, but this isn't an ideal solution because repeated plucking can cause irritation of the hair follicle. On darker-skinned women, tweezing may result in scarring. Also, hair will grow back thicker and stiffer once it's plucked. Unless you have just a few stray hairs that occasionally pop up, avoid tweezing or plucking unwanted hair.
Waxing This has been one of the most popular solutions for hair removal. Generally, it's an effective method to remove hair on the upper lip and fine vellus hair on the sides of the face, but it's not recommended for the chin area where hair tends to be more coarse. Waxing may also be problematic for darker-skinned women, who sometimes experience discolouration due to irritation and inflammation. Depending on your hair type, waxing results only last from two to six weeks and often require you to grow out the unsightly hair in between treatments.