Laser Hair Removal for Men
Laser Hair Removal is a great solution for men, at PicMed Clinic, many of our clients are men seeking Laser Hair Removal as a safe solution that is permanent and avoids the pain and repetition of other methods including frequent shaving, regular waxing and hair removal creams.
At PicMed Clinic, our experience is that most men are seeking treatment to remove hair from the large areas of the body such as the back, chest and legs. Unwanted back hair and thick or excessive chest hair can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Increasingly men with excessive hair feel self-conscious in our “American culture” and are searching for effective and longer lasting hair removal solutions. Some men are embarrassed by excessive body hair, especially on the back and shoulders and they seek a reduction
Men who dislike shaving can also benefit from laser hair removal on their beard area (lower face and chin). In addition to eliminating the need to shave every day, it will also prevent irritation and the development of folliculitis, a condition often experienced by men where one or more hair follicles becomes inflamed from shaving.
Laser – The preferred method of hair Removal
Laser hair removal is safer and preferable to other treatments such as shaving and avoids the risk of “Shaving Bumps” and ingrown hairs from shaving. Other treatments such as Cream Depilatories can cause chemical burns, and to be effective Waxing requires hair growth that really misses the point and purpose of hair removal, and is painful and may lead to significant skin irritation and inflammation.
Laser Hair Removal is the best way to treat and prevent in-gown hairs. Other options include electrolysis; electrolysis works by running an electric current into each hair follicle to heat and destroy the follicle. The electrolysis process involves the therapist inserting a sterile needle into each hair follicle in the area being treated, and then triggering a low-level electrical current. Because electrolysis is directed at one hair at a time, it is time consuming, tedious and dependant on the therapist identifying each follicle. At PicMed Clinic, we can treat Men of all ages.
What happens during the actual treatment?
Lasers work by delivering an intense beam of light that is absorbed by the skin. This light is converted to heat and is absorbed by the cells being targeted, while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. It is important to understand that hair in the active growth phase is most affected by treatments as the hair contains optimum levels of melanin, which is directly targeted by the laser.
During laser hair removal treatment you and your PicMed laser Clinic Laser Therapist will both wear safety goggles to protect your eyes during the procedure. The Therapist will use a small hand piece that touches your skin to deliver the laser pulse. You may feel a light spray of coolant on your skin before each laser pulse. We cover 18mm area per laser shot per second. Our laser machine has a dynamic cooling device. This cools the skin on contact, making the laser hair removal treatment more comfortable.
Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?
Laser hair removal treatment permanently removes hair in follicles during the growth (Anagen) phase. At any time, about 85% of our hair is in the growth stage and will be removed by Laser. During this stage, the hair is most receptive to Laser because it is rich in protein, keratinized cells and melanin. The amount of time the hair follicle stays in the Anagen phase is determined by our genetic make-up.
A hair’s Anagen phase may last for several years, with Anagen hairs representing about 85% of our hair. At the conclusion of the Anagen phase, the follicle enters the Catagen or transition phase and then the Telogen or resting phase when the hair begins to shed while the follicle is stimulated to begin a new cycle. Hair is not susceptible to Laser Hair Removal treatments during the Transition and resting phases.
The duration of these phases of hair growth varies from person to person and is affected by our basic genetic (DNA) make-up, age, health and gender. Different hair colour and follicle shape also affects the timings of these phases. As hair follicles move back to the growth phase they become susceptible to laser treatment and can then be removed permanently, hence the need for follow up visits to treat the follicles that were not in the growth (Anagen) phase during earlier visits. Maintenance visits are also required to remove hair from new follicles that start to grow hair. This is why we recommend 2 to 3 Maintenance visits each year. Laser Hair Removal treatment is more effective with thick dark hair than it is with thin light hair.
If you have natural dark hair and dark skin you can still be benefit from laser treatment for hair removal, however additional treatments are usually required to achieve satisfactory results. Laser treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures. CANDELA GentleLase, the most trusted name in the industry, has pioneered the development of some of the safest and most effective laser technologies and products available on the market today.
What you need to do before Laser Hair Removal Treatment:
Unlike waxing, there is no need for long hair. Hair is to be short for your laser treatment, about 2 to 3 days hair growth, 3mm maximum length. Shave or trim the hair before your treatment. Shorter hair ensures the treatment is more comfortable for you and allows the laser energy to travel down to the follicle faster.
Avoid sun exposure or solarium on the area for 2 to 3 weeks before your treatment.
Post Treatment Care:
In general, avoid sun exposure, solarium or fake tan on the area for 2-3 weeks before laser hair removal treatment and again 1-2 weeks after the laser hair removal treatment. At PicMed Clinic, we recommend wearing 30+ SPF. Be very aware of your skin in the sun after the treatment, your skin is sun sensitive and be careful not to expose the area to the direct sun. Your hair can take up to 2 weeks to fall out; it may fall out as late as the 14th day.