Is It Safe for Teenagers to Get Laser Treatments?

laser treatments for teenagersDealing with peer pressure is part of the teen years. Whether you’re a young girl with excess body hair who is sensitive about your appearance, or an athlete or model for whom hair removal can make the difference between success and failure, you may be wondering if laser treatments are a safe option for teenagers.

The answer is yes, if properly performed by an experienced, well-trained and certified professional. Although those under age 18 require the presence of a parent on the first consultation and written consent from a parent, the risks of laser hair removal for them are the same as for an adult adult – and with the right laser and the teenager adhering to a good aftercare regimen, they are reduced even further.  You should discuss these risks, which are very rare, with your laser professional..

Consider the alternatives. Shaving can cause “shaving bumps” or ingrown hairs. Cream depilatories can cause chemical burns, and waxing requires the hair to be grown out first — which misses the whole point of hair removal.  In contrast, laser hair removal is safe no matter which areas are being treated, since the laser does not pass beyond the second layer of skin (dermis) where the hair follicles are located. Because laser treatments use non-ionizing energy, there is no risk of skin cancer. (Tanning beds are far riskier!)

The accepted minimum age to begin laser hair removal can be as young as 14 years old, although most experts recommend waiting until the teen is through puberty and, if female, has begun her menstrual cycle. Females should be hormonally stable and should not have medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

It’s important to realize, however, that results may be very temporary in the early teen years, since hormones are changing so rapidly that hair growth is rampant. More treatments than usual will likely be needed, resulting in higher costs. (You might want to look for a laser hair removal provider who offers reduced pricing for teens — but again, check their experience and credentials.)  Once hormones have regulated (usually between ages 17 and 19), treatments are much more effective and permanent.

Also, the teen must be mature enough to deal with any discomfort during the procedure, and be disciplined enough to maintain the treatment schedule. It’s essential that he or she is responsible enough to comply with pre- and post-treatment instructions, such as using an effective sun block and limiting strenuous exercise for a few days after treatment.

The teen years are an important time for building self-esteem. If insecurities about your body are causing you unhappiness, talk with your parents about whether laser treatment is right for you.

 

Now Available: Non-Ablative, Fractional Laser Treatments!

Palomar Lux 1540 non-ablative laser

We’re very excited to announce that we now offer non-ablative, fractional laser treatments! We recently purchased a Palomar Lux 1540 laser which can help you with the following:

  • Reduce or eliminate unsightly scars
  • More effectively reduce wrinkles that make you look old, especially around the mouth, eyes, and other facial areas
  • Get rid of the acne scars you’re been living with since high school
  • Stimulate collagen and elastin production to get a younger, tighter look and feel to your skin
fractional non-ablative laser

Fractional laser treatment

Fractional laser treatment applies light in tiny micro-beams to focus treatment on specific areas. By targeting only a portion of the skin and by controlling the size, energy, and depth of the treatment area, healing and recovery is much quicker, with fewer potential risks.

There are two types of fractional lasers: ablative and non-ablative. Most people don’t realize that ablative lasers actually remove the top layer of skin and even part of the sub-layer, often leaving the patient with a bloodied look.

In contrast, non-ablative lasers keep the outer layer of skin in place, speeding up recovery time and leaving the patient looking a little red and puffy for a few days — but otherwise “normal.”

We’re guessing that looking “puffy” rather than “bloodied” is more your style, so we’re happy to report that our new fractional laser is non-ablative!

before and after scars

Before & After: Scar

Considered to be an aesthetic laser, we use it to to rejuvenate skin and improve its appearance by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, minimizing surgical and acne scars, and reducing stretch marks .

Call now to schedule your appointment. The first 10 people to call to book a non-ablative fractional laser treatment during March will get a FREE $50 treatment credit towards their next laser treatment of any kind, including skin rejuvenation and laser hair removal.