Hair removal has for a very long time been a feminine issue. Whether you think of laser hair removal or any other more traditional method of hair removal, you tend to associate the procedure with women. Or to a “girl thing”. Grounbreaking news! Laser hair removal is for men too. Yes, it is also a men’s business. Believe it or not, more and more men do undergo laser hair removal. For many reasons that are personal to them. But they do.
Laser hair removal is for men too
1. What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair removal, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.
Although laser hair removal effectively delays hair growth for long periods, it usually doesn’t result in permanent hair removal. Multiple laser hair removal treatments are needed for initial hair removal, and maintenance treatments might be needed as well. Advancement in technology now allow to effectively treat darker skins and made laser hair removal a safe procedure.
2. Why do men do laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal amongst men is growing in popularity as more and more men are interested in manscaping. What is cheekily referred to as “Brozilian” or “mankini” is the equivalent to the female Brazilian. Men who have a lot of hair down there gives a functional reason as per why they decide to undergo laser hair removal: their hair gets stuck when they go to the restroom.
Considering that the perianal area is the most popular laser hair removal treatmentfr men, there must be a very good reason why men would expose their most sensitive area to astrong beam of light. After all, even though laser hair removal is less painful than waxing, it is still is not the most pleasant sensation. One major reason is purely functional.
Some men do have a lot of hair down under which canprove inconvenient when going to the toilets. Some have said that the hair get stuck sometimes. Waxing and shaving are both mentioned as possible solutions. However, their can both lead to ingrown hair, wounds or cuts, and are overall in the long-term more expensive and not sustainable. Laser hair removal does help to reduce hair growth by up to 90% and help to prevent ingrown hair.
Other reasons include aesthetic with men wishing to have a well-groomed mankini for themselves or for their partners. Some have argued that if their partner will groom their private parts, it is only fair than they do so as well themselves.
3. Is the procedure the same for men and women?
Laser hair removal follows the same principles on both men and women. The laser targets the hair pigments in order to transfer heat through to the follicle and cautrize the blood vessel that feeds it. If there is no fuel, there is no hair. Furthermore, laser hair removal works at its best on fair skin and dark hair. The sharpe contrast between the skin pigment and hair pigment makes it easier for the laser to target the hair follicle.
Overall, men tend to have more, thicker and darker hair than women, making them ideal candidate for laser hair removal. However, once the procedure starts, it is the same for both gender. Indeed, the hair must be clean-shaven prior to each session so that only the part of the hair below the skin catches the heat from the laser and transfers it to the follicle.
The only siginificant difference between men and women when it comes to laser hair removal is the size of the areas. Men tend to have bigger body and biggers parts to treat. This explains why the areas to treat are larger, each session takes longer and also why laser hair removal is more expensive for men than women. It correlates with the time taken to do the treatment.
4. What are them most popular areas for men?
As briefly mentionned above, the mankini area is the most popular area when it comes to laser hair removal for men. Pop culture, social media and new beauty standarrds have contributed to making the mankini a very popular area. They have also encouraged men to undergo laser hair removal on other areas of their body.
As a matter of fact, one area of the body a lot of men struggle with is the face. Men must shave their beard for work, tolook professional and overall to conform to certain society standards. It is a procedure that needs to happen ever single day, that is time consuming and that many men could do without. This explains why full face laser hair removal (including beard, jawline, sideburns and neck) has become such a popular area.
At Infinity Laser Spa, we also offer laser hair removal for men for other areas such as full back, chest, full arms or legs as they turned out to be popular areas of their own. As the laser hair removal is becoming part of more men’s grooming routine, more of their counterparts take the plunge and invest in hair growth reduction.
5. The cost of laser hair removal for men
The price of a laser hair removal session varies depending on thesize of the area, the time it will take, etc. Laser hair removal for men is more costly than for women since the areas that are treated are in general bigger. However, if a patient comes in for a free consultation, he may be able to get a quote more accurate to his particular case.
Furthermore, at Infinity Laser Spa, we apply a policy of buy more, save more. In other words, the more sessions you buy, the cheaper they become. In the end, it is always worth it to buy a package instead of purchasing sessions individually. A single session for a small area will cost at least $125. However, when buying a package of six sessions, the price of each session will come down to $85. Add to that seasonal deals and promotions. Make sure to check out our laser hair removal deals often to take advantage of the best offers!
6. How long does a session take?
Each session takes from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the body area. The larger the area, the longer the session. If you combine a few areas in one session, the treatment will also take longer. For example, a full body laser hair removal session can take up to 120 minutes to complete. Each session should be scheduled everysix weeks or so for the most effective results and to stay in syncronization with each patient’s hair growth cycle.
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