A widow's peak is a triangular piece of the hairline that dips down over the forehead. The term was born in the 1830s around a myth that women with this hairline design would outlive their husbands. A widow's peak is often considered a symbol of great beauty, but if it's very prominent, irregularly shaped or dips down too low over your forehead, you might want to consider laser treatments to change or eliminate it. Laser hair removal is performed by a dermatologist using an intense beam of light to remove unwanted hair. Laser therapy doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal, but with multiple treatments, long-term hair removal of all or parts of your widow's peak is possible.
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Select a treatment facility that uses the latest laser technology for the least amount of pain, and will prepare your skin for the laser treatment with a coolant spray. Call and ask if they employ board-certified dermatologists, how long they've been practicing laser hair removal, if they have experience with laser hair removal on widow's peaks, and the cost for each session.
Have an in-person consultation with the doctor who will be performing your laser hair removal. Since there are different types of lasers, ask which one he recommends for your skin type and successful removal of your widow's peak. Show the doctor photographs or drawings of how you'd like your widow's peak to be changed and reshaped with the laser. Have the doctor test the laser on a small area of your skin, since the wrong laser or laser treatment that is performed incorrectly can leave scars.
Avoid tweezing, waxing or removing your hair by the roots on your widow's peak for at least six weeks before the first treatment. However, shaving is permitted.
Be prepared for some discomfort during the laser treatment. The laser treatment can feel like a rubber band hitting your skin or multiple hairs being tweezed at once.
Ask the doctor for any topical medications to relieve any burning after your laser treatment.
Tips and warnings
- Use a washcloth in your bath or shower to help remove any new hairs that slowly begin to grow in after your laser treatment. The roots of the hairs are often loose enough to be easily scrubbed away.
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