Laser hair removal is less painful than waxing. Our clinic located in the centre of St Albans, Hertfordshire offers laser treatments to men across a number of areas of the body including chin, neck, face, sideburns, legs, underarms, chest, back and outside of the swim shorts area. Please contact us now to arrange your FREE consultation about laser hair removal.
Men have actually been removing unwanted hair covertly for years, using the traditional methods women have utilised, including waxing and tweezing, before laser hair removal became an acceptable option. Professional athletes like bodybuilders and swimmers have had laser hair removal treatments as they need their bodies to be permanently hair free.
In the past, it was believed that laser hair treatment would not be as effective for men because they had thicker skin and coarser hair than women. However, improvements in the laser technology have made the technique more effective for men. In fact, it can even be used on facial hair so that men no longer need to shave daily. If they choose to have this done, however, they should be sure about it since the treatment is permanent and the hair will not grow back.
The areas that can be treated include the chin, neck and sideburns. For the body, laser hair treatment can be applied to the back, chest, arms and legs, and even the groin. Yes, these days, men are also going for the male version of a Brazilian wax and having their ‘bikini lines’ treated.
The options for men having a man-zilian include removing only the hair on the outside of the swimsuit area, outside the swimsuit as well as the perianal area, all the hair in the area, or all hair except for a small strip.
Preparing for laser hair treatment
If you plan to go for male laser hair treatment, you don’t need to grow your hair out since the laser treatment works by attacking the hair follicles under the skin in order to prevent future hair growth. The laser detects the area where the hair shaft is thickest and destroys it. Depending on how thick the hair is, you may need several laser treatments before hair is permanently removed.
Generally, three to eight laser treatments are required, with each treatment lasting around twenty minutes and a gap of four weeks between treatments. You need to complete all the laser treatments to ensure complete hair removal. In some cases, however, you may need follow-ups since the hair may grow back but this is not a common occurrence. It should be noted that a few days after the laser treatment, you may experience what seems to be hair regrowth; however, this is just hair that is being shed.
To prepare for laser hair removal, here are a number of things that you have to avoid:
- Waxing or tweezing the hair in the area to be treated since this will remove the follicle and the laser cannot treat it.
- Darkening your skin, either through natural methods such as exposure to the sun, or artificial ones like fake tans.
- Skin treatments and cosmetic injections, since the laser cannot be used on broken skin.
- In addition, you should shave the area to be treated to ensure that the hair follicle will absorb the full force of the laser.
In order to gauge how effective the laser treatments are, you should not shave the hair in the treated area. If you have to shave, use an electric razor. The laser procedure has no side effects although the area treated may seem slightly red and swollen immediately afterwards.