Is Laser Hair Removal for Men?
Removing unwanted hair was pretty much the domain of women, with the exceptions of bodybuilders, swimmers, and cyclists. But now men realize the value of removing or thinning areas of unwanted hair such as on the back and chest. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. and men are helping to fuel that growth.
At Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal, we offer the widest assortment of lasers and the newest technology so that we can successfully remove hair for our male, as well as female, patients.
What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
Beyond the visual reduction of unwanted hair, laser hair removal also eliminates common issues with shaving:
- Ingrown Hairs
- Razor burn
- Cost of razor blades
- Daily/weekly time spent
What Areas of the Body Does Laser Hair Removal Treat for Men?
Whereas women often have hair removed on the underarms and bikini line, men opt for these areas:
Who are the Ideal Candidates for Male Laser Hair Removal?
Lasers are the most effective when removing dark hair on patients with lighter-toned skin. This is because the melanin in the hair shaft that gives the hair its darker color attracts the laser energy. With darker skin tones, we find that our Synchro REPLA:Y platform is the most effective on the market. We can treat our clients with the optimum energy without any side effects, as the beam bypasses the epidermis and disables the reproductive cycle of the hair within the follicle.
How Does Laser Hair Removal for Men Work?
Don’t think of lasers as you see them in a Star Wars movie; hair removal actually comes down to the light energy converting to heat. While most people know that melanin is responsible for giving our skin its color, melanin gives our hair its color as well. When laser light energy pulses are directed onto an area of unwanted hair, the melanin absorbs the laser light energy and it converts to heat. That heat then travels down the hair shaft into the follicle, damaging the follicle and preventing it from producing hair.
Men’s Laser Hair Removal Patient Testimonial
“Romeo & Juliette Hair Removal have completely changed my life for the better. I am a male 38 with extremely thick, coarse facial hair. I’ve been going to Romeo & Juliet Laser Hair Removal for 2 years now. I am proud & happy to say that I am 100% hair free on my entire face thanks to Romeo & Juliet Laser. I paid for 6 treatments & 6 touchups. A good price for the excellent results I would come to see. All the people working there were courteous to me & professional. They took really good care of me. My technician Natalie & the owner Chris went out of their way to get me completely hair free. They take great pride in their job. Having been hair free now & not having to shave every morning has taken a huge burden off of my shoulders. I give Romeo & Juliette my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION to anyone considering laser hair removal.”
Ambrosia – August 2016
Men’s Laser Hair Removal Before and After Photos
*Individual Results May Vary
How Many Laser Hair Removal Sessions Will I Need?
People wonder why multiple sessions are necessary. This is because of the changing phases of the growth cycle. The goal is to catch as many hairs as possible in the anagen phase; to do that takes multiple sessions. We find that between six and 10 treatments achieve the degree of hair reduction most men want.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent For Men?
It’s easy to think that laser energy could instantly remove all of the hair in an area. But the FDA approvals for laser hair removal are for “permanent hair reduction.” There are two reasons for this:
- First, lasers only damage hair in the anagen (growth) cycle.
But hairs can also be in the catagen (transitional phase between growth and rest) or the telogen phase (rest). The catagen and telogen phases are transitioning into shedding the hair. These cycles stop nourishing the hair, shed it, and start growing a new hair shaft. That’s why lasers don’t affect hair in these phases; they’re already on their way out. Every hair on the human body is independent and works alone. Considering that the human body has around five million hairs on it (men have a few hundred thousand more than women), those are a lot of hair follicles to hope to catch in the anagen phase for effective laser removal.
- Second, damaged follicles can rebuild with hormonal changes.
Plus, if a follicle is only partially damaged, it may heal and begin to regrow hair. The bottom line, numerous studies show the degree of permanent hair reduction to be from 85 to 90 percent.
How Long Does a Laser Hair Removal Treatment Take?
The size of the area being treated dictates the time necessary. For instance, a small patch on the shoulder may take just a few minutes while the chest can take up to 30 minutes. Plan on somewhere between 10 minutes to 45 minutes for your session.
Does Men’s Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
Most individuals experience no more than a slight stinging sensation as the laser pulses are initiated. However, the feeling is less than waxing and quite manageable. If you find an area to be more sensitive, we can apply topical numbing cream, but most patients don’t find this necessary.
Are There Risks to Laser Hair Removal?
Millions of treatments have proven laser hair removal to be incredibly safe. The most common side effects include some skin redness and irritation after treatment, along with some slight swelling that passes quickly.