To adequately answer this question, we first have to find out the reasons why a young person wishes to undergo laser hair removal treatments. Dermatologists in the US highlight the fact that the benefits and risks of laser hair removal are the same for younger individuals as they are for adults.
The difficulty we are faced with is how to determine the maturity level of the young person. Most importantly, the desire for laser hair removal must be something the tweenager or teenager wants or needs for themselves and not because of peer pressure.
A client can be as young as 15 years of age (sometimes younger), as long as he or she has reached the maturity level in order to understand the process and what is to be expected of the procedure and the importance of aftercare.
Dermatologists and salons will offer laser hair removal treatments to the minor as long as there is parental consent. Still the question remains as to ‘why’ and what reason is behind wanting hair removal treatments in the first place?
In general, many young clients undertake the process of laser hair removal because they are being teased at school. Such hair-raising issues may be causing a lot of distress in a young person going through puberty while faced with the hairy changes that occur during this period.
We recommend a consultation with a professional before proceeding with laser hair removal treatments to determine whether other hair removal options appear to be more suitable at that point in time.
Technically speaking, there is no minimum age to start laser hair removal treatments so long as there is hair growth present.
Please keep in mind that multiple treatments are required for effective hair removal and please take into consideration the cost of laser hair removal. Most clients will require between 6-8 treatments to reduce most of their unwanted hair. Other factors such as skin type and hair colour also have an impact on the number of treatments required for optimal results.
The biggest hurdle for the tweenagers and teenagers are adolescent hormones that can cause rampant hair growth, even after laser treatments are completed. This may mean having additional hair removal sessions than the average adult whilst in the growth phase.
In the case of young women, experts recommend treatment after the teenager has gone through puberty in order to achieve optimal results.
Get in touch with your local salon to learn more.