The Truth about Laser Hair Removal for Teens

The Truth about Laser Hair Removal for Teens

Is Laser Hair Removal for Teens Safe?

Yes.  There is no age restriction. There is no cut off age. Laser hair removal can be safely done no matter what the age of the patient.

Read real doctor’s opinions. Here are several second opinions from physicians with experience in the field of laser hair removal.

Rumors about Laser Hair Removal for Teens

Some say, “You’ll grow out of it. That is not true. You will not grow out of it. Your unwanted hair will not just go away if you ignore it. Burying your head in the sand won’t work.

Can laser treatments cause cancer? No.  There is absolutely no risk of skin cancer from laser treatments. Tanning beds are more dangerous to your health.

Laser treatments have no radiation. That is because laser is just a focused light.

However, it’s very important that the right laser must be used in the right hands.

In this article from the New York Times, the torment that unwanted hair can cause teens was eloquently described. The teen in this story had been teased unmercifully. Laser hair removal came to the rescue.

Is Laser Hair Removal Effective in Teens?


Because hair grows in cycles, multiple treatments are required. Laser hair removal is hair reduction not permanent removal so you will need periodic touch ups.

During puberty, there is a rapid change in hormones. It is best to have a physician involved especially if there is excessive hair growth. There is a condition in girls called polycystic ovarian syndrome that needs to be addressed if the laser treatments are not as effective as they should normally be.

If girls are having irregular menstrual periods or bleeding, hormonal testing may be required. That is another reason that laser should only be done in a doctor’s office. Physicians can treat this condition if it is causing unwanted hair.

Peach fuzz, which is light in color, will not respond to laser treatments. It takes dark hair on light skin to get optimal results.

Professional doctor’s office is safer in case of a problem or medical questions arise. Chains don’t have doctors on site. Safety is important. Scarring can occur if in the wrong hands. Pick the right medical office.

The doctor’s experience is very important.

Get it done professionally. Home remedies and machines are not laser and will not give as good results. They can burn if not done properly or with sensitive, young or delicate skin. Make sure that a true laser is used. Some places advertise laser but used intense pulsed light instead which is not as effective.

What are the Alternatives to Laser for Teens with Unwanted Hair?

  • Waxing. Downsides – Ouch … and it’s never ending.
  • Shaving. Downside – Nicks, ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
  • Creams or depilatories. Downsides – Chemical burns especially with young delicate skin.
  • Electrolysis. Downsides – It is very slow and takes many more treatments than laser. Pockmarks or scars can occur. It is more expensive than laser in the long run.


Just because a person is a teenager, it doesn’t mean that they have to be excluded from having laser hair removal.

For your children, unwanted hair is more than annoying. Girls are usually more sensitive than boys. Lasering unwanted hair helps your child develop a positive self-image. No more ridiculing, teasing, and bullying.

It is completely safe when done in a doctor’s office in experienced hands.

As an experienced laser physician, I lasered the unwanted hair from both of my children. They were very grateful. It was a very positive experience for both of them.

Laser hair removal will help the self-esteem and confidence in your teens. The teen age years are difficult enough without the added burden of shame, being harassed or being the brunt of jokes by their peers.

Your kids don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of unwanted hair any longer.

Call us at 724-969-0600 or contact us here to learn more.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.

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