Have you ever been told that you bare a strange resemblance to Chewbacca? Do your friends jokingly call you a hairy Sasquatch? Are you annoyed that the hairy look is no longer in style? Maybe you’re an expert at shaving, trimming, or plucking. But those options are only short-term solutions to a long-term problem. Whatever the case may be odds are you have been thinking about laser hair removal. Here are some key tips to consider before you make the commitment.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal uses a condensed beam of light pulses to carefully target hair follicles. The melanin in the hair follicles absorbs the light, which in turn damages the follicles in order to prevent future growth. Because the laser light is attracted to melanin, people with darker hair respond the most to the treatment.
The lasers target the hair follicles during the Anagen phase, or the growth phase. Because the results work best during the growth phase, you should expect to do four to six treatments. But the results are almost instant. A couple of weeks after your first session, you’ll notice the hairs will grow finer and the pores will be less detectable.
Commonly Treated Areas for Men
Where there is hair, you can get it removed. The only restrictions are your level of comfort and sensitivity. Because the options are essentially limitless, it can be complicated to figure out where you are going to get your treatment.
The most commonly treated areas for men are:
Wherever you decide to get treated, don’t be scared to ask your laser technician. The stigma associated with men and laser hair removal is gone. Most technicians have seen it all. Don’t be afraid to ask them their opinions and perspectives in order to get the best results.
Set up a consultation with a laser hair removal technician before your first treatment. This will allow the clinic to assess the best possible treatment for your hair and skin type. They will also advice you on what products to avoid for the days leading up to the treatment.