It isn’t uncommon for men these days to want to thin out or get rid of some extra body hair. However, not everyone is clear on the best way to go about doing this. Some methods, like shaving, need to be repeated every few days, while others, like male laser hair removal, can have much longer lasting results. Just keep in mind that laser hair removal is a medical procedure and should be performed at a medical spa or doctor’s office.
Laser hair removal works best for people who have light skin and dark hairs, so don’t wait until you go gray before trying to get rid of unwanted body hair. In the past, lasers could only target small areas at a time, but the newer lasers now being produced can quickly treat larger areas like the back and chest, making it a much quicker procedure. Before making an appointment at a medspa, check to see whether they have one of these special lasers. Other areas where laser hair removal can come in handy include the back of the neck, abdomen and shoulders.
Potential Side Effects
With male laser hair removal, there is a small amount of pain, something like that of a sunburn, and it can last for a couple days. There may be some swelling and redness in the treated areas. In some cases, skin can lighten or darken, which is usually temporary. Visiting a doctor’s office or medspa that only uses highly trained professionals for laser hair removal will limit the risk of rarer side effects, including blistering, scarring or changes in skin texture.
Because not all hairs are at the same stage of growth at any given time, it typically takes three to eight treatments for hair removal, each about six weeks apart. After that, some people find that they need touch up treatments once or twice a year to get rid of any stray hairs that come back. The laser treatment process kills the roots of the hairs, but not the hair follicles, so hair can come back, it’s just a lot less likely.