Laser hair removal used to be an indulgence largely appreciated by women, but these days, men are getting in on the action as well.
The benefits are greater than any other hair removal procedure, and guys are finally starting to take advantage of them. Permanently getting rid of the hair on your back, neck, and chest has never been easier, so why not hop on the bandwagon? Laser hair removal isn’t just for women. Here’s a look at everything men considering these hair removal treatments need to know.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Laser hair removal is a permanent procedure that targets hair pigment found in hair follicles. The pigment absorbs the laser, ultimately destroying the follicle and preventing that hair from growing back in the future. Several laser treatments are required, as each hair is at a different point in the hair growth cycle at any given time and might not be in the position to be targeted by the laser during your first treatment. If you’re not looking to completely remove the hair from any given area, laser hair removal also allows you to thin out your body hair.
Laser Treatments Are Nothing to Fear
Even though laser hair removal has somehow managed to get a reputation for being painful over the years, the sensation is hardly something to fear. Many people compare it to a snapping of a rubber band. If that doesn’t sound like something you can withstand for a few minutes, laser clinics have ways of numbing the area being treated. This can happen through numbing creams or, more often than not, a dynamic cooling device (DCD). A DCD works by administering cold bursts of air to the skin surrounding the treated area to numb the skin’s surface and prevent any discomfort during your treatments.
What Areas Men Get Treated Most Often
One of the most common areas men get treated with laser hair removal is the back and shoulders. Excessive body hair is generally unattractive no matter where it grows, but men find that back and shoulder hair is the most bothersome, as it often grows in patches. Other common areas for male laser hair removal are the neck, chest, legs, face, and unibrow. Recently, it has also become popular for men who are balding and shave their heads to have their remaining hair lasered off to avoid the hassle of shavingall the time.
Why Men Are Choosing Laser Hair Removal Over Other Methods
Guys are choosing laser hair removal over other hair removal methods for a number of reasons. Here’s a look at just a few:
Excessive body hair prevents your body from cooling down as fast as it could if you thinned out the hair a bit or completely removed it from some areas. Doctors often recommend this solution to those who have a problem with extreme perspiration, especially if other solutions aren’t working. Your body hair also tends to keep sweat trapped in your pores, which can lead to irritation and other frustrating skin conditions.
While this might not be a reason for the average guy to look into laser hair removal, many serious athletes are having the hair removed from their legs and arms. Cyclists and swimmers will do this to decrease resistance and improve speed. It can also help decrease your body temperature drastically and make simple workouts less tiresome.
Often men will seek out laser hair removal because they like the way their skin or body looks when it’s hair-free. If you are constantly shaving or waxing your body hair, then even just a few laser hair removal treatments will drastically improve your appearance. Additionally, you won’t have to continue addressing your body hair with constant upkeep anymore. You’ll get the look you want and you’ll get back all of the time you were spending waxing or shaving.
Since body hair tends to trap sweat and bacteria, it can wreak havoc on your skin. If you suffer from blackheads, blemishes, breakouts, and skin irritation from ingrown hairs, then your body hair might be the cause of it all. Men are thinning out the hair on their faces and chests to reduce these issues, which tend to be most problematic in areas where the hair grows the thickest. Once the hair is thinned out, you can receive skin laser treatments to target any acne scarring or imperfections left behind.
This video shows Derrick Michel’s experience having laser hair removal performed on his chest, neck, and underarms. Watch it now to learn why he loves his results and how simple the whole process is: