Bustle’s beauty writer, Phoebe Waller, finds answers for questions that most women have, but are too embarrassed to ask. For example, how to get rid of nipple hair. Rogue hair growth in this area is not uncomon, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Bustle provides solutions in the article “How to Get Rid of Nipple Hair, According to the Dermatologists.“
Bustle begins with a statement from dermatologist Dr. Janet Prystowsky, who assures women with nipple hair that they are not alone: “Many women experience dark hairs around their nipples.” Hair growth in this area is exacerbated, Prystowsky explains, “during periods of hormonal change like puberty, pregnancy, or menopause.” But don’t be dismayed, “generally this growth of dark hair is harmless and easily managed,” she concludes.
For most women “Plucking or shaving your unwanted hair is usually quick and easy,” Prystowsky tells Bustle. But for women with a lot of nipple hair, or for women who want to know how to get rid of nipple hair for good, “consider electrolysis or laser hair removal” suggests the doctor.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal uses cosmetic lasers to penetrate the hair shaft. The heat energy from the laser is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair, effectively destroying it. Laser hair removal requires several treatments to ensure each hair has been effectively destroyed.
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis removes unwanted body hair by delivering an electric current into the hair follicle via a small needle. Each hair must be done one at a time, making electrolysis applicable for only small areas of hair growth or the occasional rogue hair.
How to Get Rid of Nipple Hair with Laser Hair Removal
Bustle introduces NYC dermatologist Dr. Hadley King of SKINNEY Medspa who says “Laser hair removal is a great way to get rid of unwanted nipple hair.” Laser hair removal is especially effective at getting rid of nipple hair when nipple hairs are dark and the surrounding skin is pale. This is because “dark hair typically responds better than light hair to laser treatment,” explains Dr. Prystowsky. Laser hair removal requires 4-5 treatments to capture each hair in the various stages of growth, “each treatment will remove your nipple hair for up to two months. After five treatments, you’ll likely notice a dramatic decrease in the amount of hair that grows back,” says Bustle.
Laser Hair Removal v Electrolysis
When deciding how to get rid of nipple hair, in most circumstances, professionals prefer laser hair removal over electrolysis. Dr. Prystowsky explains that “laser hair removal is less painful than electrolysis.” She elaborates “electrolysis has a risk of scarring. I prefer laser hair removal.”
Dr. Hadley King tells Bustle readers wanting to know how to get rid of nipple hair, when electrolysis may be the best option, saying “if there is not a good differential between the skin color and the hair color then electrolysis may be a better choice.”
Bustle concludes that laser hair removal “certainly sounds like an option that’s usually safe and will last a while too. So if you’ve had enough of your fuzzy nips, make an appointment with your dermatologist” or your local NYC Medspa.
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