Traditionally, laser hair removal has been a procedure that was primarily used by women. However, like women, men also find it time consuming and frustrating continuously trying to remove unwanted body hair. So, it is becoming increasingly popular for men to visit a spa or laser clinic for hair removal procedures as well. If you are considering laser hair removal procedures as an alternative to shaving and/or waxing unwanted body hair, you may have several questions regarding the process. The following are the answers to the most common questions men may have about laser therapy.
Does Laser Therapy Work for all Men?
Although laser hair removal works for most men, there are a few who may not have success with the procedure. For example, some men with naturally red or blonde hair may not be a good candidate for laser hair removal. The procedure also does may not provide the optimum effect on skin that is dark or tanned (natural or sprayed). The treatments typically work best on men with fair skin and dark hair.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
A laser light is used to target the hair follicle, the hair follicle is heated and becomes inflamed, which inhibits regrowth of the follicle. The procedure does not cause damage to the surrounding skin and the procedure itself is virtually painless. Treatments can typically be completed in about an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Following the procedure you may feel a slight stinging or tingling sensation and there may be redness and/or slight swelling. However, both the swelling and the redness will typically fade in a day or two.
What are Common Laser Hair Removal Procedures for Men?
Although laser hair removal can be used on almost any part of the body, some of the most common procedures for men include:
- Beards/facial hair—laser hair removal can help to permanently remove stray hairs on your face, which can help you maintain a manicured beard. Laser treatments are also beneficial for permanently removing ingrown hairs.
- The knuckles—it is painful and difficult to wax or shave hair off of your knuckles and the stubble that grows back is often even more difficult to remove. In many situations laser treatments may help to prevent the regrowth of knuckle hair.
- Eyebrows—men are notorious for having thick eyebrows, but in many situations it is because they aren't aware of the best way to keep them groomed. Waxing and tweezing are common ways to groom your eyebrows, but these procedures can be time consuming and painful. Laser hair removal treatments are a painless solution for getting rid of overgrown eyebrows and/or a uni-brow.
Although shaving is usually effective at removing unwanted body hair, it is a tedious chore that often leads to ingrown hairs, skin rashes/irritation and/or razor burn. If you are apprehensive about having laser hair removal, the easiest way to find out if it is the best treatment for you is to make an appointment at a facility like The De Pieri Clinic for a small area, such as your knuckles. This will give you an opportunity to see how the process works and may help you avoid suffering through razor burns and/or an evening shadow.