Guys are becoming more comfortable about laser hair removal, and the procedure is now quite mainstream for men. Why? Well, for starters it is certainly a lot more convenient and comfortable than shaving or waxing. Even if you’re not a professional athlete like a bodybuilder or swimmer, but just want to remove some excess hair, take a look at 5 laser hair removal tips for men.
Do Your Homework
If someone is going to apply a laser to your skin, please be sure they know what they’re doing. Look for an experienced and board certified professional to perform any cosmetic treatments you are considering. Do some research and read online reviews for providers in Severna Park and Annapolis, Maryland, and be aware that choosing the cheapest option is likely not your best move. Some places may advertise cheaper treatments because they have an older laser instead of the newer, more advanced, and painless model.
Shave the treatment area on the day of, or at least the day before your laser hair removal procedure. There should be no visible hair on the skin. This is important because the laser targets the hair follicle without affecting the skin, which begins the process of stopping the hair from continuing to grow. Without any hair on the surface of the skin, all the laser’s energy focuses under the skin.
When the hair follicle is destroyed by the laser during treatments from Severn River Plastic and Laser Surgery, the hair itself becomes weaker. After several repeated laser hair removal sessions to destroy these follicles, they will begin to die off and cease to produce any new hair growth.
Stay Out of the Sun
Laser hair removal works best with contrast. The laser targets dark hair against lighter skin. So, it is best for patients not to have a tan or sunburn. Stay out of the sun for at least 3 weeks prior to any scheduled treatment, as the sun can also bleach the hair to make it lighter.
This is not to say that those with darker skin tones cannot be treated with laser hair removal devices. In the past it has been more difficult to treat individuals with darker skin tones, though many of the more advanced lasers are able to treat darker skin. The same limitations can apply to those with red hair or lighter hair. Talk with Severn River Plastic and Laser Surgery if you have any concerns about the effectiveness of these treatments on your particular skin and hair follicles.
You Don’t Have to Have It All Removed
Don’t assume that you need to have all the hair in a particular area removed. Many men prefer to have the hair on the chest thinned out, whereas the back and shoulder areas may look better with all the hair removed.
You determine how much you want removed and where. Many men are self-conscious about having too much hair on their back or stomach, and these treatments are designed to address those exact concerns. You’re the boss.
Plan out Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment Times
There are a number of things you should avoid after a laser hair removal treatment, so consider these when you schedule appointments. For example, many of our patients strategically schedule their treatments during winter months.
To avoid any swelling or discomfort, try to strictly avoid the following activities for 48 hours after your session:
- Avoid hot showers
- Don’t work out to the point that makes you sweat or get too hot
- No saunas or hot tubs
- Stay out of the sun
If you are considering laser hair removal treatments or have any questions about this process, please contact Severn River Plastic and Laser Surgery at (410) 544-9988 today.