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Is Your Teen Struggling with Excess Body Hair? Find Out the Ideal Age for Laser Hair Removal

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Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness Reveals the Safest and Most Effective Time to Start

Laser hair removal is an effective way to achieve smooth, stubble-free skin that boosts confidence during pivotal teen years. 

At Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness, we recognize the emotional impact excess body hair can have on teens already navigating complex changes during puberty.

In this post, we provide expert insight on the appropriate age to start laser hair removal for safe, optimal results.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal uses concentrated beams of light to target and disable hair follicles, preventing future hair growth. It is an FDA-cleared treatment that provides long-lasting hair reduction when performed by an experienced provider.

During puberty, stimulation from hormones like testosterone prompts many thick, coarse hairs to appear on the body. Laser treatments work by selectively damaging these active hair follicles.

Sessions are tailored to each patient’s unique skin and hair type. At Ethos Wellness & Aesthetics, Dr. Soni customizes laser settings to safely and effectively remove unwanted hair growth on teen patients.

What is the Minimum Age for Laser Hair Removal?

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The FDA has cleared laser hair removal as safe for patients over 12 years old. However, most practices adhere to an internal minimum age of 15 or 16 years old.

At Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness, Dr. Soni thoroughly evaluates each patient on a case-by-case basis during an initial consultation. As long as the teen is mature enough to comply with treatment and aftercare, we can safely perform laser hair removal on patients as young as 13 years old.

Younger patients must have parental consent documenting their understanding of the procedure, risks, and required post-treatment regimen for optimal healing.

Is it bad to get laser hair removal young?

No, seeking treatment during teen years when hair follicles are stimulated is generally fine. It also builds confidence during pivotal adolescent development.

Does laser work as well on teenagers?

Yes, laser hair removal is highly effective for teens because stimulated hair follicles are actively growing due to hormonal changes during puberty.

Can preteens get laser hair removal?

Laser is only cleared for patients 13 years and older. Preteens 11 years old and younger lack the hormonal stimulation for laser to effectively target hair growth. Most practices set 15-16 as the minimum.

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What Factors Determine Candidacy for Teen Laser Hair Removal?

There are a few key considerations our team evaluates to determine if a teen patient is ready for laser hair removal treatments:

Onset of Puberty

Teens should show signs of established puberty, including significant unwanted hair growth stimulated by rising hormone levels. Starting treatment too early risks poor results requiring additional treatments later.

Emotional Readiness

The patient must demonstrate emotional readiness and maturity to sit through regular sessions and properly care for their skin afterwards.

Parental Consent

Parental consent is mandatory for legal minors. Guardians must understand treatment expectations, risks like blistering or scarring, and at-home regimen for wound care and sun protection.

Skin/Hair Type

Ideal candidates have light skin and coarse dark hair. However, laser works on all skin tones with customized settings. Fine blond and red hairs may not respond as well.

What Are the Benefits of Early Laser Hair Removal for Teens?

Seeking treatment during adolescent years ensures teens experience the full benefits of laser hair removal before adulthood:

  • Avoid emotional distress from excess hair during pivotal confidence-building teen years
  • Reduce in-grown hairs, shaving irritation, and waxing discomfort
  • Take advantage of stimulated hair follicles actively growing darker, coarser hair
  • Establish optimal treatment timing and consistency for longer lasting results
  • Minimize need for touch-ups later in adulthood when regrowth can be more stubborn

Schedule a Teen Laser Hair Removal Consultation

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If your teen struggles with excess body hair growth impacting their self-confidence, consider laser hair removal performed by Dr. Soni’s expert team at Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness.

We create customized treatment plans focused on safety, comfort, and long-term results for teens. 

Frequently Asked Questions on Minimum Age for Laser Hair Removal

What is the minimum age for laser hair removal?

The FDA cleared age is 13 years old. Most practices set an internal minimum age of 15-16 years old. At Ethos Wellness & Aesthetics, we safely treat mature patients as young as 13.

Can teenagers get laser hair removal?

Yes, once a teen is emotionally mature enough to comply with treatments, laser hair removal can safely and effectively remove their unwanted body hair with proper parental consent.

Is laser hair removal safe for 13 year olds?

Yes, laser is FDA-cleared as safe for 13 year olds but should only be performed by an experienced provider like Dr. Soni on mature patients who comply with proper aftercare. Parental consent is mandatory.

Should I wait until 18 to get laser hair removal?

No. Earlier intervention during peak puberty hair growth allows better long-term results. As long as the teen is mature enough to follow post-treatment guidelines, earlier treatment is recommended.

What areas can teenagers be treated?

Laser hair removal can safely treat hair on virtually all body areas including the face, underarms, arms, hands, fingers, chest, back, shoulders, abdomen, bikini line, legs, feet and toes.

Will laser hair removal work on blond/red hair?

Laser works best on darker coarse hairs. However, our advanced diode laser can effectively remove fine blond and red hairs on teens with multiple treatments over time.

How can I ease my teen’s discomfort during laser hair removal?

We offer an integrated skin cooling system and can apply numbing cream or adjust settings on our diode laser to maximize comfort during teen laser hair removal treatments.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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