Do laser skin treatments cause permanent hair loss (not laser hair removal)?

Dear Dr Irwin My recent fraxel restore has singed or sliced off or removed hair where the laser passed over. It's close to the temple and sideburns / hairline. Will this affect the hair follicles and regrowth? I am so worried about hair loss as a result. Thank you!

Do laser skin treatments cause permanent hair loss?  Well fortunately, lasers like the Fraxel Restore or Repair or carbon dioxide lasers, rarely (I’d never say never) affect the hair permanently.   The hair follicle is actually quite deep in the skin and hard to damage.   The hairs were just singed, and usually take about 2-3 weeks to grow back.

This includes some other lasers as well, but not all others, so…….it’s best to ask your doctor before or after a laser treatment if you’re not sure which laser was even used.

Which reminds me ……it’s really a good idea to keep a folder or a log of any laser treatments you’ve had done, the date and which laser!   It can be helpful if there are any problems down the road and there’s a need for a second opinion!!

Hope this helps,  Dr.  Irwin

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Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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