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The Complete Guide to Laser Hair Removal for Men

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Nobody wants to spend precious time tending to unwanted hair on their face and body. So, if you want to get rid of hair where it’s bothersome and annoying, laser hair removal for men is an effective way to get rid of it. What used to be a complicated and tricky procedure has advanced over the years, offering better results and fewer side effects. While hair removal options are seemingly endless, laser hair removal is the way to go if you want to remove unwanted hair once and for all.


What is Laser Hair Removal for Men?

Laser hair removal is a permanent way to destroy unwanted hair from anywhere on the face or body. Thanks to laser advancements, laser hair removal for men is no longer for those with light skin and dark hair. Now, various skin tones, including those with darker skin and hair colors, can safely and effectively enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal.

No matter the person laser hair removal is being done on, how it works is the same. Laser hair removal sends a concentrated beam of light through to the desired area where unwanted hair exists. The light is absorbed by the pigment, or melanin, in the hair. As the beam of light heats the skin, it damages the hair follicles within the skin so they can no longer grow hair. Even though most laser hair removal clients are women, laser hair removal for men is equally as successful and provides long-lasting smoothness.


What Areas Can Men Treat With Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal for men treats several areas of the face and body to reduce hair growth. Some more popular treatment areas include the back, legs, chest, and beard line.


Why Pick Laser Hair Removal for Men Over Shaving?

Hands down, the main benefit of laser hair removal for men is the ability to remove unwanted hair from select areas permanently. Since there’s no need to wax, shave, tweeze, or pluck the unwanted hair, there’s also no risk of developing razor burn or ingrown hairs, which, for some men, can cause painful pimple-like spots and hyperpigmentation in the area.

However, unlike shaving and waxing, laser hair removal results are not immediate. It takes a few days to a few weeks for the hair to shed and for the growth cycle to slow to the point where the hair is gone. Remember, not all follicles grow at the same rate, so it may appear like hair is still growing. That’s also why laser hair removal for men requires several sessions.


What is the Average Cost of Laser Hair Removal for Men?

The cost of laser hair removal for men varies from person to person. The type of laser used, the number of sessions needed, and the size and location of the treatment area are factors in the overall price. We always recommend a consultation for a detailed estimate to determine your treatment’s cost.


How Many Laser Hair Removal Sessions Are Needed?

For men who want to reap the benefits of laser hair removal, at least three to four treatment sessions are needed, which reduces about 80 to 90 percent of the hair in any given area. Some men may require more sessions depending on the thickness of their hair and its color, as well as where the laser hair removal is being done. Typically, each session is scheduled four to six weeks apart so that the existing hairs can regrow and be captured within the cycle.


Is There Any Downtime?

Generally speaking, no. However, some minor side effects, such as swelling, red skin, and minimal discomfort, may last a few days. To make sure the treatment takes and that your skin heals appropriately, pre-laser hair removal prep is critical. Make sure to shave before each laser hair removal appointment so that the energy reaches under the skin instead of the skin’s surface.


What Does Laser Hair Removal for Men Feel Like?

Laser hair removal for men isn’t painful, but some say the treatment is slightly uncomfortable. Topical lidocaine will be applied to the skin to help numb it.

Typically, laser hair removal feels like a rubber band snapping sensation with a bit of warmth.


Besides Getting Rid of Hair, What are Other Benefits of the Treatment?

The main reason men choose laser hair removal is that they don’t have to shave or wax away unwanted hair anymore. Still, laser hair removal for men is also a great way to control skin-related issues like folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles) or pseudofolliculitis barbae, where the hairs grow inward, causing inflammation, discoloration, and scarring. Laser hair removal for men also softens and smoothes the skin due to the lack of hair.