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How Young is TOO Young for an IPL or Laser Hair Reduction Treatment?

The correct question to ask is more like ‘Why are you wanting IPL or Laser hair reduction treatments?’. Dermatologic surgeons in the US highlight the fact that the benefits and risks of IPL or laser hair reduction treatments are the same for younger people as they are for adults. The crux of this debate lies in the maturity level of the young person. Very importantly, this must be something the tweenager or teenager wants for themselves and not because the parent thought it was ‘cool’.

A client can be as young as 12 years old, as long as he or she has the maturity to understand the process and what is expected of the procedure plus aftercare, dermatologists and salons will offer such treatments to the minor so long as there is parental consent. The question then becomes WHY? What is the reason behind wanting hair removal treatments in the first place?

Ordinarily, a lot of younger clients come to us because they are teased in school and such hair raising issues may be causing a lot of distress. Get a consultation with a professional before proceeding with IPL or Laser hair removal. In some cases, waxing might be the better option for hair removal.

There is no minimum age to start laser or IPL or waxing treatments. The assumption of course, is that there is hair growth in the first place.

Keep in mind that multiple treatments are required for effective hair removal. Most clients will require between 6 to 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 to see results. The biggest hurdle for the tweenager and teenager are adolescent hormones that can cause rampant hair growth, even after IPL or Laser treatments. This may mean having to have more hair removal sessions than the average adult whilst in the growth phase.

Most experts including Essential Beauty, will recommend in the case of girls, that the teenager has gone through puberty to give the treatment a better result.

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