Men's Laser Hair Removal

Just like women who would be embarrassed on having hair on their upper lip, men can have a cases of unwanted hair growing on not-so-ideal parts of the body such as the back, buttocks, and chest. And just like women who have tried several procedures to remove unsightly hair, some men have also gone to great lengths such as shaving, plucking, waxing, and depilatory creams.

However, these methods of countering unpleasant hair growth often make the problem worse because maintaining the results can be tedious and painful. Recent aesthetic technologies have developed laser hair removal procedures that have helped men get rid of unwanted hair.

Although laser hair removal has become popular over the years, many men who are interested have no idea about the treatment. Patients should be active in acquiring complete knowledge on laser hair removal procedures, and create educated decisions on whether this treatment is right for them.

Not everyone can get the treatment – Even though laser hair removal is a popular choice, patients undergo rigorous screenings from their doctor to check if he is in good physical, mental, and emotional health. A candidate for laser hair removal should also be aware of the benefits as well as the risks of this treatment before taking the procedure.

Not everyone will get ideal results – The contrast between the natural color of hair and skin is also considered when it comes to having optimal results. The darker the hair, and lighter the skin, the better the results. Also, thicker and coarser hair is removed much more easily. Although people with darker skin and lighter hair-including reddish and grayish hair-may get results from laser hair removal, the effect would not be as good, while men with finer hair may need multiple treatments.

Before treatment – Areas that need to be treated are usually shave a few days before the actual procedure. On the day of the treatment, an anesthetic cream may be applied. The patient and the technician would have to wear special glasses to filter harmful light during the laser hair removal procedure. The laser is then adjusted for power, size, and pulse frequency for optimum results and comfort.

After treatment – Some swelling and redness may occur after the procedure, but this would not deter the patient from conducting normal activities immediately after the treatment. The irritation may last for up to 24 hours, which can be relieved by applying ice, anti-inflammatory creams, or aloe gels. Most patients may need subsequent treatments in four to six weeks after the initial procedure, and would be repeated until unwanted hair growth has been eliminated.