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Everything to Know About Laser Hair Removal on the Face

Written by Kenz Hernandez | Medically reviewed by Editorial Team
Last updated on: April 25, 2024

Laser hair removal on the face is the process of hair removal by means of exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the fair follicle. Laser hair removal is generally considered a safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair and achieve a smoother, more radiant complexion, when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner. 

What is laser hair removal on the face?

Laser hair removal on the face is a cosmetic treatment that utilizes a powerful laser to remove unwanted facial hair. The hair on the face is a different hair type called vellous hair which may need more sessions of treatment than the other areas of the body. The safety and effectiveness of laser hair removal on the face may depend on various factors, including skin tone, hair color, and the type of laser used. Laser is light, light is a form of energy, energy produces heat and thermal effect will damage and destroy the hair follicle.

How does laser hair removal on the face work?

This light source heats and destroys the hair follicles in the skin, which disrupts hair growth. Laser works through selective photothermolysis, there is a localized thermal injury to a specific target chromophore which is melanin, with minimal collateral damage or injury to its surrounding tissues.

Areas of the Face That Can Be Treated

Almost the entire face can be treated with laser hair removal, but around the eye area should be avoided or employ extra precaution. This includes your upper lip, chin, jawline, cheeks, side of face, hairline, side burns, above the eyebrow, nose bridge, nostrils and in the middle of your eyebrows.

Advantages of Full Face Laser Hair Removal

Full face laser hair removal provides long-term results.

Prevents irritation and skin damage which is common from traditional hair removal methods.

It is a more cost-efficient and time saving method of hair removal.   

Preparing for Facial Laser Hair Removal

Do not pluck, wax, or apply depilatory creams before laser hair removal to maintain hair roots for an effective laser treatment. 

Shaving is recommended 1-2 days before the procedure to ensure hair follicles will absorb recommended laser energy.

Strictly no tanning (sun tanning, tanning beds or tanning lotion) 14 days before the procedure.

Avoid chemical peels and deep exfoliation maintain healthy skin integrity before the treatment.

Clients taking oral isotretinoin are contraindicated to do laser hair removal, however topical retinols, Benzoyl Peroxide, Adapalene or highly concentrated Vitamin C serum 3- 7 days before the treatment.

Clients are required to wear protective eye shields during the treatment.

Aftercare and Recovery

Moisturize the treated area 1-2 times daily. 

Avoid direct sunlight, tanning bed.

Apply sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure.

Avoid sports and strenuous exercise for 24 hours.

Avoid hot baths, steam baths and sauna.

Do not use bleaching cream or perfume products for 24 to 48 hours.

Laser hair removal on the face: FAQs

What must I do after getting laser hair removal on the face?

Immediately after a laser treatment your skin is going to be very sensitive, use sun protection cream to avoid any pigmentation.

When will I see the results after having laser hair removal?

The result will show within 3 weeks after every session. Another treatment is required successively when hair starts to grow back.

How much does laser hair removal on the face cost? 

At SKIN111, we offer the most competitive pricing and use the latest technology, we often have ongoing promotions plus we offer a minimum of 40% discount through our SKIN111 customer loyalty card scheme.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Laser hair removal can cause burns, blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture, if done incorrectly. Common side effects like Erythema, perifollicular edema which will disappear in a few hours. Laser hair removal can affect the skin pigmentation. Also, there is a chance to get hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation if not followed the post care instruction.

What to expect after laser hair removal on the face?

Immediately after the treatment, temporary redness and mild skin irritation is possible after laser hair removal. These temporary reactions are expected to resolve within a few hours.


Laser hair removal on the face is a commonly used cosmetic procedure to remove unwanted hair. The mechanism of action behind laser removal is selective photo thermolysis. The lasers are equipped with cooling sources like cryogen spray, contact cooling, and air cooling to prevent laser heating complications. Laser therapy mainly depends on the factors like hair color, skin color, the sensitivity of the skin, type of equipment used.

However, laser hair removal on the face is a relatively safe and effective procedure, it should be done by a trained and licensed dermatologist to ensure the best possible outcome and to minimize the risk of complications. 

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