I have hair on my upper lip. Is there a way to get rid of it permanently? I
wax my upper lip but it's annoying to have to keep doing it. – Marla*
The only way to permanently eliminate unwanted hair is a process called electrolysis.
Electrolysis is performed by inserting a tiny needle into the hair follicle and using
an electric current to kill the hair root. Electrolysis can be expensive, painful,
and even time consuming: Removing upper lip hair may take a total of 4 to 10 hours
over several visits.
In some cases, electrolysis can cause dry skin, scabs, scarring, enlarged pores,
and swelling. If you decide to try it, it's best to have the procedure done at a dermatologist's
or other doctor's office to make sure it's done properly and safely.
Hair can be removed semi-permanently with laser hair removal, which is also expensive
and can lead to swelling, irritation, and changes in skin pigmentation. In addition
to waxing, other temporary options include depilatories made for the face, plucking,
If you are interested in a more permanent method of hair removal, talk to your
primary care doctor or visit the American
Academy of Dermatology website to find a dermatologist in your area.