Now, let’s be honest: Most men want at least some of their body hair to remain right where it is, growing out of the follicle. However, there are various reasons men may wish some of their body hair gone for good, and if this is the case, you are not alone. Around 20 percent of laser hair removal clients are men, and that number is growing. Each body is different and potentially needs different lasers to remove hair effectively, so it’s vital that you find a certified laser hair removal specialist to consult with before zapping the unwanted hair. If you are considering laser hair removal for men, read on for our best tips on what to expect and how to proceed.
Hair Removal Sessions
Unlike shaving or waxing, which lasts only a short time, laser hair removal is a much longer-term solution to removing unwanted hair. However, it does require a few sessions as the lasers are only effective on actively growing hair, and a certain percentage of hair follicles are dormant at any one time. Typically men require 3-6 sessions spread out over several months to achieve the desired results, although it could take up to ten sessions in some instances.
The upfront investment is undoubtedly more significant than shaving or waxing, but the results may far outweigh the cost. Although each session may cost a few hundred dollars, the result will be that you never have to worry about or think about that unwanted hair again. Worth it? In many cases, the answer is a resounding yes.
How to Prepare
You’ll want to avoid the sun on the areas treated for a few weeks before your appointment. A tan could prevent the procedure from being as effective. And sun exposure in the days leading up to your appointment could cause your skin to react negatively to the lasers. So best layer up on the areas you will have treated for at least a few days before your appointment.
In the days following your laser hair removal, you’ll also want to avoid the sun to give your skin a chance to heal and prevent hyperpigmentation. Any harsh chemicals, soaps, or deodorants should be avoided as well. You want to keep the skin treated as clean and free from any type of irritant as possible. Avoid chlorinated pools, sweating excessively, overly perfumed products, and anything else that might be harsh on your skin.
What to Expect it to Feel Like
In the past decade or so, laser hair removal techniques have become much more advanced and, as a result, less painful. There may still be some discomfort during the treatment, but usually, it’s much more bearable than waxing, for example. For especially sensitive areas, a topical numbing cream is often applied. It may not be the most comfortable treatment of all time, but the pain is almost always not very severe overall.
After implementing the treatment plan that you and your technician come to, you should be able to forget that you ever had unwanted hair in the first place. If this sounds appealing to you, please feel free to reach out and book a free consultation with Alite Laser. We look forward to helping you become as comfortable and easy in your skin as possible!