One of the fastest growing aesthetic procedures today is laser hair removal for men. Men in general, have 3 times more hair in more places than women and shaving in all these areas can be quite difficult. The most commonly treated areas are the neck, belly, chest, shoulders, manzilian and backs. Laser hair removal is appealing for men who are uncomfortable with excess
hair on their back, chest, stomach, or all over.
And let’s clear up a misconception: Laser hair removal doesn’t have to leave you looking like a hairless fitness model (unless you want it to).
Laser hair removal is also beneficial in patients with recurrent folliculitis—inflamed hair follicles that can appear as small, white-headed pimples. Pretty much Pretty much anyone who can’t tolerate shaving and waxing is an ideal candidate for laser treatment.
Laser for Hair Removal Treatment
Is there a better way to remove unwanted hair? Shaving is time-consuming, and can lead to nicks & cuts, razor burn and thick stubble. Waxing is painful while plucking and electrolysis are slow forms of torture. A more modern and popular method to get rid of hair is the use of laser for hair removal.
The procedure is simple and much less painful for the removal of unwanted hair on the body and face. A trained technician momentarily applies a laser to the skin and "zaps" the hair follicles. Within a 12-14 days, the treated hair is gone.
It takes multiple treatments to get smooth skin. Individual treatments can last from a few minutes to a couple of hours depending on the size of area, density of the hair follicles and the underlying skin-tone.
1. Excessive Body Hair/Aesthetics
Laser hair removal is appealing for men who are uncomfortable with excess hair on their back, chest, stomach, or all over.
A lot of guys treat their chest, not because they want to get rid of their hair completely, but they like to thin it out—they want it to be finer and sparser. Most often, Medisthetics & Laser Clinic sees men for their backs and chest. It helps men feel more confident in their skin.
Why Is the Average Guy Getting Laser Hair Removal?
Another misconception: Having a lot of body hair doesn’t mean you’re less hygienic. It’s just that some guys find manscaping helps them relieve irritation. Some might do it to reduce bushiness and any itchiness that can be intensified by hair in the summer months. Some guys just have really hairy butts, too. The stark contrast from a fairly hairless back to a carpet-clad bum warrants some men to get laser since shaving your cheeks is just plain cumbersome. And yes, laser hair removal is plenty common in men. At Medisthetics & Laser Clinic, about 40 percent of patients are men.
3. Easier Facial Grooming and Ingrown Hairs
The third most popular is a lot of guys' want to have less hair to make shaving easier, especially if they get ingrown hairs on their neck, Laser is the only way to effectively treat a condition called PFD, pseudofolliculitis barbae. Clusters of inflamed, red, or dark bumps will appear around hair follicles from shaving. Essentially, they’re ingrown hairs that grow in all sorts of directions, which can leave scars.
Even after two sessions the ingrowns can start to disappear, and the skin comes back to its natural condition with a series of treatments. Laser hair removal is also beneficial in patients with recurrent folliculitis—inflamed hair follicles that can appear as small, white-headed pimples. Pretty much anyone who can’t tolerate shaving and waxing is an ideal candidate for laser,
At Medisthetics & Laser Clinic 4 percent of patients do their head. Some guys would rather treat their head than have sporadic balding, or shave daily, while others might want to get rid of hair that just dosen’t look right due to thinning, reciting or irritate them.
Benefits for Hairless Athletes
How Can Laser Hair Removal Help Athletes?
At Medisthetics & Laser Clinic we see men who are bodybuilders who don’t want any hair on their body because it helps enhance muscle definition. Swimmers like being sleek and smooth. Plus, it saves any athlete loads of grooming time. There’s no need to shave and prep their bodies before a race or competition, and it eradicates any risk of cuts and nicks from getting infected in a locker room or pool.
Hair removal for Cyclists
We have cyclists who do their legs and lower bodies, too. Serious cyclists will take any advantage, no matter how small, to increase their chances of going faster. High performance athletes will even shave body hair to reduce drag and increase their chances of placing higher. Hair removal for cyclists is a small benefit that will also make cycling more comfortable.
A lot of body hair can cause added chafing and irritation when combined with tight cycling kits, sweat, and long ride times in the saddle. It also makes putting on compression tights, foam rolling, and massages easier and pain-free, since the hairs won’t get caught or tugged.
How Many Treatments Do Men Need to Get?
A man’s back or chest will need six to eight treatments spaced roughly two months (six to eight weeks) apart to see visible results. Unfortunately men generally have 3 times the amount of hair per follicle as women and this could result in extra treatments to get to the comfortable level of hair reduction on the body. Hair grows in different cycles so at any given time—and this varies by individual—30 to 60 percent of the hair is in the anagen growth stage, but the rest is in a dormant or dying stage.
The laser is killing hairs in the growth stage; and the ones that are dead will shed after a few weeks. So by the time you go to your next appointment, the hairs that were in their growth stage are now in their dormant or dying stage. Overall, if you follow all the rules and get your treatments in the recommended timeframe, men can see anywhere from 50 to 85 percent permanent hair reduction.
What Should Men Know Before Their First Laser Hair Removal Appointment?
You are required to be clean shaven on the area you’re getting treated before the appointment. If you don’t, there will be a $25.00 shaving fee for you.
As the beam travels through the hair shaft, a lot of energy is being absorbed, You want to have clean shaven hair so when the light goes through it, there’s enough left to hit and damage the follicle.
Stay Out of the Sun
You don’t want to have sun exposure on the area you’re treating for roughly three weeks before your session. A SPF of 30 or greater is recommended at all times to protect your skin. This also means you can’t use self-tanners before your appointment. What’s more, you don’t want to risk damage to your skin.
It’s Pretty Quick
Getting your chest done will take about 15 to 20 minutes, whereas the back will take about 30-45 minutes to complete. Your Medical Laser Technician will draw a grid to ensure the entire area gets treated, then apply a gel. After your treatment you may have erythema (redness) and inflammation. It’s kind of like having a mild sunburn.
You Can’t Work Out Post-Treatment
There are actually quite a few things you need to hold off on after your appointment.
“Because you’re injuring the skin temporarily, you want it to heal before you go into excessive heat because it can cause more swelling and discomfort. After 48 hours, you can go in the sun, (SPF of a minimum of 30 is recommended to protect the skin) hit up a sauna, go in a hot tub, and work out.
It is also recommended to use a body brush in the shower to help with any ingowns or itchiness several days after your appointment.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
With the advent of new lasers, it doesn’t hurt—a lot. Of course, it’ll depend on your pain tolerance, but for the most part, it’ll feel like a pin prick or a rubber band snap.
Over the years Laser have come a long ways with advanced technology and they are much faster with the delivery which makes it virtually painless and treatments quite manageable. A True laser is best on the market because of its uniform beam profile. IPL is not recommended for Hair Removal and can be quite painful.
IPL is a column of 25 lights that scatter below the surface and if a man is doing is face, he may risk loosing hair where he didnèt want too. Another great feature with Laser Hair Removal It hurts less than waxing or a tattoo—about 40 percent less. And you won’t get any of the ripping or damage that waxing can cause your skin.