Laser Hair Removal – Tax Incentives
Did you know that you might be eligible for a tax refund1 if you have laser hair removal performed by a specialist for medical reasons? Medical conditions that qualify include PCOS and ingrown hairs. Our staff at the Fiori Institute of Skin and Body can provide a referral and arrange an appointment with a dermatologist or endocrinologist
for this incentive.
Why is laser hair removal tax deductible if performed by a Specialist?
Medical expenses incurred during the fiscal year can be accumulated. Depending on your income, and individual circumstances, a tax deduction might be applicable.
Our specialists can write a covering letter to state that hair removal is performed on medical – not cosmetic – grounds. This sets us apart from beauty clinics and other laser hair removal centers that cannot provide a medical diagnosis recognised by the ATO.
Please note that individual tax deductions will vary depending on your income and threshold. Your accountant will give you further advice.
What conditions qualify for hair removal tax incentives?
The most common conditions are polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and ingrown hairs. Other medical conditions that will benefit from laser hair removal include:
- Pseudofolliculitis barbae: This refers to ingrown hairs occurring in the beard area. This is typically referred to as a ‘shaving rash.’
- Hirsutism or excessive hair growth due to hormonal influx.
- Post-graft hair removal: Skin grafts may contain unwanted hair and laser hair removal provides a solution.
- Acne keloidalis nuchae: This is a rare condition that is marked by chronic inflammation to the back of the scalp, but hair removal solves this problem.
How do I know if I have PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome?
Diagnosis of PCOS requires an examination by a specialist, but typically causes changes in the skin, including excessive hair growth on the upper lip, chin and facial areas in females. Acne is also often associated with PCOS. Blood tests conducted by your general practitioner followed by an ultrasound examination can confirm PCOS.
Why are ingrown hairs a medical condition?
Ingrown hairs are considered a medical condition because they can cause pain and infection in areas such as the bikini line, thighs, buttocks, and most commonly the legs. Laser hair removal permanently solves the condition of ingrown hairs. This means no more shaving rashes or cuts, nor painful waxing that can lead to infections and painful red bumps.*
What is pseudofolliculitis barbae or a ‘shaving rash’?
Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a form of ingrown hairs that occur in men. It presents as shaving bumps and rashes around the beard and neck areas. This condition is caused by an abnormal growth of hairs and can be quite painful. Removing hairs in key areas can cure this problem.*
What laser do we use for medical hair removal?
The Diode Pelo laser is typically our laser of choice, as it can safely treat all skin types. For darker skin types, we prefer the 1064 long pulse Nd Yag for hair removal because it is safer and more effective than other lasers.
Never undertake IPL for hair removal or as a medical procedure (especially if you have dark skin), as this is an outdated treatment – lasers are far more effective than IPL.*
How is hormonal hair removal different from normal hair removal?
How do I know if I have a medical condition that causes excessive hair growth?
The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body differs from other clinics in that we manage each case of hair removal from a medical professional’s perspective. A detailed history and examination is performed before laser hair removal treatments begin – if any red flags appear, we may order hormonal testing and bring in either a dermatologist or endocrinologist to assist us in your treatments.