Medically Reviewed by:

Robert Applebaum M.D.

Boob Hair: How To Get Rid of It for Good

If you’re concerned about hair on your boobs and around your nipples, you should know that it’s 100 percent normal. Some people may experience increased, darker, or thicker boob hair depending on factors like hormones and genetics. For instance, women may experience an increase in dark boob hair during pregnancy or menopause. 

How Do You Get Rid of Boob Hair?

If you’re looking for a quick fix for your boob hair, you’ve likely considered tweezing, shaving, or waxing it. 

1. Tweezing

If you only have a few stray hairs here and there, tweezing your boob hair might be the best bet. Tweezing effectively removes hair at the root rather than simply shaving it off at the surface — meaning that it will take longer for it to grow back afterward. At the same time, this method can be painful as the skin around the nipples is quite sensitive.

2. Shaving

If you have too much boob hair to comfortably tweeze one by one, then you may want to consider shaving it. Just make sure to use a clean and fresh razor along with soothing shaving cream to minimize irritation to the sensitive skin around your nipples. You will also need to make this a part of your regular personal care routine, as the hair will quickly grow back. 

3. Waxing

Finally, if you want to get rid of your boob hair for longer but have too much of it to tweeze, then you may want to consider waxing it. Waxing it will remove the hair from the root to take longer for it to grow back. However, waxing can be painful and irritating to the skin around the nipples. 

How Do You Get Rid of Boob Hair for Good?

While tweezing, shaving and waxing will temporarily remove your boob hair, these methods aren’t very long-lasting and tend to require a lot of maintenance. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution for your annoying boob hair, you may want to consider either laser hair removal or electrolysis. 

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal involves using a beam of light to target the hair follicles, damage them, and inhibit them from growing hair in the future. This is a popular and safe method used to remove unwanted hair all over the body — from the boobs to the armpits. 

However, while this is considered a safe hair removal method, it’s not without risks. For instance, there’s the risk of skin irritation from the laser that can contribute to temporary discomfort, redness, and swelling. There’s also the risk of pigment changes from the laser that can darken or lighten the affected skin — either temporarily or permanently. 

In most cases, you will need to undergo multiple laser treatments to see long-lasting results. You may need anywhere from four to six rounds of treatment. Over time, these treatments are designed to reduce hair growth. At the same time, it’s important to note that laser hair removal may not get rid of your hair completely and permanently. Also laser hair removal only works if you have brown or black hair.  White or blond hair will not be removed or treated with lasers.  

Instead, you may end up with lighter or thinner hair in the treated areas. You may also need to undergo “maintenance” treatments to keep the stubborn boob hair at bay for years to come. 

Electrolysis

Electrolysis hair removal involves inserting an epilator device with radio waves into the skin to disrupt hair growth. The radio waves in this device damage your hair follicles, similar to the laser beams used with laser hair removal. 

However, the damage caused is more permanent than that caused by laser beams, which is why electrolysis is backed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a permanent hair removal solution. 

At the same time, you may need to undergo multiple treatments of electrolysis in order to achieve these permanent results. You may have to go back every week or two weeks for the best results. However, once the hair is gone, it’s gone for good, so no maintenance appointments are required with electrolysis. 

Furthermore, the risks and side effects caused by electrolysis are more minimal compared to laser hair therapy. You may experience slight redness or skin irritation that should go away within a day. 

What’s the Best Treatment For You?

While laser hair removal and electrolysis can both be used to remove stubborn and unsightly boob hair, you can only choose one. 

So what’s the best treatment method for you? It really depends on your skin tone and your hair. Laser hair removal is ideal for those with fair skin and dark hair. On the other hand, electrolysis can effectively remove hair of all colors and thicknesses on all skin types. 

Where to Get Boob Hair Treated

For the best results, you should get your boob hair treated by a board-certified doctor. You may want to consider either a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Dr. Applebaum is a Beverly Hills-based board-certified plastic surgeon with 30 years in practice. So reach out today to schedule a consultation to see which hair removal method he recommends for your hair and skin type. 

Wrap Up on Boob Hair

So before you reach for the tweezers or razor again for your boob hair, consider a more permanent solution like laser hair removal or electrolysis! While these solutions may require multiple treatments to be fully effective, they’re well worth it to ditch the razors, tweezers, and wax strips for good. 

 

Medically reviewed by Dr. Robert Applebaum
Dr. Robert Applebaum is a world renowned and highly respected Plastic Surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In his nearly 30 years as a practicing physician, Dr. Applebaum has become known as an innovator in the field of laser technology techniques for plastic surgery procedures. He has published numerous articles and scientific papers about the use of laser technology and educates physicians worldwide on the applications of laser technology for plastic surgery. Dr. Applebaum primarily practices out of his private outpatient surgery center, Four Thirty Six Aesthetic Surgery Center, which is located in Beverly Hills.

 

Sources:

Hormonal Effects on Hair Follicles | NCBI

Laser Hair Removal: FAQs | American Academy of Dermatology

Electrolysis: Definition & Treatment | Cleveland Clinic

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