Listen up Gentlemen! Laser hair removal is not just for ladies anymore. For men, it’s a popular solution for excessive hair on the back, chest, neck and abdomen. Some men avail of this because they simply want to appear better groomed, or others because excessive hair growth is untidy and messy looking. And some men get laser done because ingrown hairs can be painful, and is easily treated with laser.
What happens during a laser treatment?
The laser technology system is adjusted according to skin colour, type, and hair strength of each client.
Treatment begins by shaving the unwanted hair. Next, a gel is spread on the treatment area. Special eyewear is required to protect the eyes from the bright light. The therapist moves the laser hand piece over the treatment area.
What are ingrown hairs and how can I treat them?
An ingrown hair is when the hair in the follicle gets trapped under the surface of the skin. The process of cutting the end of the hair shaft through shaving can force hair back into its follicle, or even cause hair to double over on itself, re-entering the same follicle and growing inward instead of exiting the surface.
The body recognises this ingrown hair as a foreign body and triggers an inflammatory response that includes redness, itchiness and a raised area that resembles a pimple that’s infected. No doubt some time or other you got rid of an ingrown hair only to be greeted by redness, inflammation and irritation for a few days. Rest assured there are some things you can do to prevent them as if left untreated they can lead to infection, cysts and even permanent scarring:
Prep and soften the skin and hair with Dermalogica Daily Clean Scrub which has a beard lifting lather to help remove dead skin cells.
- To maximise beard softening and minimise razor burns follow with Pre Shave Guard.
- Use a new blade or try a different kind altogether.
- Watch your pressure and technique while shaving.
- If you do find an ingrown hair disinfect the area immediately using Tea Tree Oil.
- Reduce the inflammation by using Dermalogica Post Shave Balm, which is cooling and moisturising in the area.
- Eyebrow Grooming
- Beard definition. For example cheeks.
- Do not wax or pluck hairs up to four weeks before the treatment.
- The area should be shaved before the treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure before, during and after the treatment.
- After care advice will be given with your individual needs taken into account after the treatment.
What areas can be treated?
Some men have uneven facial hair growth, which can be unsightly. Or they may want to tidy up messy or uneven beard definition. Laser offers a results-focused solution.
How many sessions will I need?
On average, 6-8 treatments are required depending on the area being treated and with the density, type and thickness of the hair results may vary.
Occasionally maintenance treatments are required once or twice a year due to resting follicles becoming active, in this instance the returning hair would be very sparse, as permanent hair reduction has be achieved.
How much time is there between sessions?
On average, appointments are scheduled eight to twelve weeks apart.
Is it suitable for all hair?
Laser hair removal is not suitable for very white, downy or blonde hairs.
Are there any dos and don’ts before the treatment?