Today’s Question: I am so embarrassed by the dark hair on my face. I have to shave it every day and by the end of the day I have a shadow and I’m a woman. What can I do? Pam, Warsaw
A. Pam, the legend of Groundhog’s Day, which is celebrated today, says that if the groundhog sees his shadow we will experience six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, spring will come early. If you struggle with facial hair as a woman, seeing your shadow will certainly make you feel down just like six more weeks of winter can. You are not alone, Pam. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “One in 20 American women is affected” with excessive hair growth on the face or body.
The good news is there is a permanent solution. Pam, can you imagine no more waxing, plucking, tweezing, shaving, shadows or hairs catching the light while you drive? As long as your facial hair is dark, laser hair removal can permanently eliminate those annoying hairs from your face and your life.
Laser hair removal is typically done in a series. You will need to have more than one treatment in order to achieve good results. Most people require about four to six treatments before seeing permanent results. However, the number of treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors including: hair thickness, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. It is recommended to wait five to six weeks in between your treatments for facial laser hair removal. With each treatment, the number of hairs that grow back will decrease because each time a fraction of the remaining hair follicles are destroyed.
Whether due to genetics, ethnicity, a hormonal imbalance or for unknown reasons, facial hair does not have to take away your self-esteem and confidence any longer, Pam. Talk to a medical health care professional to find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment. If so, soon you will not see your shadow any longer and it will feel like spring all the time!
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on sclerotherapy.
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