For many women, excessive or unsightly facial hair growth in areas like the sideburns can be embarrassing and difficult to manage.
At Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness, we often have patients ask about using laser hair removal to reduce sideburn hair. Below we’ll look at the safety and efficacy of laser for sideburns.
Many women naturally have fine vellus hairs along the sideburn area and rest of the face. But others contend with thicker, darker terminal hairs growing as actual sideburns. Causes include:
While genetics play a key role, the most common trigger for excessive sideburn hair is elevated androgens or male hormones. Laser hair removal can help reduce unwanted hair from these and other causes when performed properly.
Yes, laser hair removal is an effective long-term method for reducing sideburn hair growth when performed by an experienced cosmetic dermatology practice like Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness. Benefits of laser hair removal for sideburns include:
With a series of 4-6 treatments, laser hair removal can reduce sideburn hair by 80% or more. However, patients must have realistic expectations; complete permanent removal is not guaranteed. Some maintenance sessions may be needed in the future as hair follicles reawaken.
Laser hair removal for sideburns is generally considered worth it for those seeking long-term hair reduction.
While it may have a higher upfront cost compared to methods like waxing, it offers progressive and lasting results, reducing the need for frequent maintenance and providing smooth, stubble-free skin.
Laser hair removal can safely treat hair growth in and around the sideburn region:
When comparing laser hair removal to sideburn waxing, laser hair removal offers a more long-term solution.
While waxing provides immediate results, it requires frequent maintenance and may lead to skin irritation, whereas laser hair removal gradually reduces sideburn hair over several sessions, with longer-lasting outcomes and minimal discomfort.
Yes, laser is highly effective at removing coarse terminal hairs while preserving finer vellus hairs along the sideburns.
No, numbing creams allow facial hair removal to be tolerated well. Side effects are usually minimal.
The beard area on men is generally avoided for safety reasons. However Dr. Soni may recommend a thin strip right along the side hairline if women grow full sideburns, sideburn connectors, or temporal tufting.
During your consultation Dr. Soni will assess your goals, skin type, hair color, and degree of growth to recommend a customized laser hair removal plan. The procedure takes just 10-15 minutes for the delicate facial area. Steps include:
With proper laser selection and skilled techniques, most patients find facial hair removal comfortable and effective. Schedule your Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness consultation to learn more.
The best candidates for safe, effective laser hair removal of sideburns are:
The Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness team will review your unique cosmetic goals, medical history, and conduct an exam at your complimentary consultation to advise if laser is right for you.
If unsightly sideburn hair growth is bothering you, the laser hair removal experts at Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness can help. We use advanced technology and proper protocols tailored for the delicate facial area to deliver smooth, stubble-free results. Schedule your consultation to get started.
As a small area, sideburns typically cost about $150-250 per session. Packages of 4-6 sessions provide the best value.
Most patients need 4-6 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal 80% or better hair reduction.
No. Plucking and waxing should be avoided in between treatments as it interferes with targeting the follicles.
Some reduction occurs after the first session, with increasing results after each successive treatment.
Permanent reduction is possible but periodic maintenance may be needed as dormant follicles later reawaken.
Yes, laser is effective for hormonal facial hair growth but does not treat the underlying hormone disorder.
No, laser only works on darker pigmented hair. Blonde, red, and white hair cannot be treated.
Yes, laser is safe for adolescents once puberty begins as long as there are no underlying hormonal disorders present.