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Laser hair removal in children: yes or no?

Laser hair removal in children: yes or no?

The answer is yes.

disadvantage , in case the child has not yet menstruated, is that when this happens, the hormonal changes that happen at this stage can lead to the reappearance of some hairs and your investment in a permanent depilation will not be so profitable! The hormonal system in children is not yet stabilized, with the onset of menarche, other hairs can grow. On the other hand, hormone production in children is more pronounced and unstable, so a child may need more sessions. And finally, times of greater stress and more nervous children lead to more hair growth. There is a contraindication for the child to undergo laser when you have epilepsy, take any specific medication or have a family history of cancer.

Keeping your skin hydrated, before and after waxing, is essential for good skin health and preventing inflammation.

To help you make the decision to shave your child, read this article, as there are several factors to take into account that you should consider. 

Why are you going to have laser hair removal on your child? When is the most suitable time? Because? 
Does the amount of hair the child has cause discomfort and psychological problems? Does it affect the child's self-esteem? Or is it more your idea, your whim. It's important to have common sense! Children are only concerned about these aspects if they are concerned, at school age, around 5 or 6 years old, when they begin to socialize more. Prior to that, procedures are not recommended. On the other hand, the child's ability to bear pain must be taken into account. After 12 years of age , tolerance is usually greater. Usually, hair growth is not something that bothers children, but there are cases where it is excessive and premature, making them uncomfortable, subject to derogatory comments and bullying. "When children verbalize or express signs of embarrassment, such as hiding parts of the body, refusing to wear a skirt or sleeves, they should have their hair removed, but under the guidance of a dermatologist or pediatrician."

Does someone in the family also have a lot of hair, that is, is the existence of a lot of hair genetic? 
Or is the child's hair in areas that can signal illness (eg 
pelvic or adrenal cancer, pituitary disorder

How to talk to children when the hair issue bothers them? 
Talk to your child about this matter with ease. You can share your feelings and experiences with her. Tell him that you don't like some of your physical characteristics either, but the important thing is to accept us as we are, being aware that we are all different from each other. And there must be acceptance and respect for the difference!

Consult a pediatrician or dermatologist. 
The origin of so many hairs can be due to several reasons that must be diagnosed before proceeding with the process. It may be due to precocious puberty, congenital adrenal hyperplasia (an enlargement of the gland that accelerates the production of male hormones), adrenal tumors or a side effect of some medication. In these situations there is treatment and the earlier the diagnosis, the better. To identify the source of the problem, the doctor may order tests such as hormone dosage and wrist x-ray to assess bone age. It is interesting to add that babies are born with a down on various parts of the body, called fluff, which disappears during development and is not a cause for concern. In teenagers, the common reason for excess hair is polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes changes in menstrual cycles, hyperandrogenism (characterized by oily skin, acne and excessive hair) and on ultrasound there is an appearance of several microcysts in the ovary. It is only a case for investigation the appearance of hairs with sexual characteristics (when they are located in areas such as the pubis and armpit, beard and mustache) in girls under the age of 8 years and in boys under the age of 9 years.

If necessary, seek psychological advice. 
If parents notice any embarrassment in their children due to excessive hairiness (on the face, upper lip, armpits or legs), the psychotherapist advises them to seek specialists who can help identify the source of the problem and then have a conversation with the child to find the solution that restores your physical and emotional well-being, whether it involves waxing or explaining to you the importance of accepting yourself as you are. 
“In general, the phase of adolescence is the one of greatest interest and concern regarding hair growth”, says psychologist Marta Calado, from Clínica da Mente, in Porto. However, "we cannot establish a minimum age", he emphasizes. Sometimes there is emotional damage caused by excess hair in a child that requires "timely intervention", he adds.




How to act in case of bullying?
When the down is excessive, especially on the upper lip, on the sides of the face or under the armpits, the girl can be bullied at school or in other places she attends.

How to act? First, be on the lookout for signs, the most obvious of which are isolation lack of enthusiasm resistance to going to school changing behavior or meaningless aggression If you notice these signs, talk to the educators and then seek the help of a psychologist to deal with the situation. It is important that your child learns to work around aggression on his own. It is not recommended to underestimate the fact, nor should one feel sorry for the child. Another frequent mistake made by adults is to encourage their children to isolate themselves from their peers, treating them as necessarily hostile people.

A study investigated the safety of laser hair removal in children

Therefore, a study was carried out ( Study source: MedNews nº 128 ) to describe the experience with laser hair removal in children and to investigate the safety and tolerance of this procedure in children under 16 years of age.

Case reports of 24 children who received at least 3 treatments for hair removal were analyzed.

For patients with skin phototypes from II to IV, the laser used was the long-pulse alexandrite laser. For children with skin phototypes between IV and VI, the laser used was long-pulse Nd:YAG. In the table below you can see the classification of skin phototypes.


Mean age at first treatment was 12.3 years. The diagnoses were constitutional hirsutism (14 patients), polycystic ovary syndrome (5), congenital melanocytic nevus (2), generalized hypertrichosis (1) and nevoid hypertrichosis (1).

In one patient, general anesthesia was required, in eight a topical anesthetic cream was used, and in 15 patients no form of anesthesia was required.

Side Effects and Conclusion

Intolerable discomfort requiring adjustment in laser power (fluency) was the only side effect recorded in two cases. There was no incidence of blistering, infection, depigmentation or scarring.

Given these results, the study authors concluded that, when properly administered, laser hair removal is safe and well tolerated in children under 16 years of age.

After going through all these stages, keep in mind the following: laser hair removal is allowed from age 9 onwards. Prices for children and tweens are usually cheaper. After thinking about it and investigating everything, decide what is best for the child.

Catarina Vilela - Nurse