Who is laser hair removal for? Women only? No. Even though hair removal may seem like a feminine concern, more and more men are looking into it. As a matter of fact, a lot of men are ditching their razor and trying out beard laser hair removal. After all, why bother shaving everyday if you could just be rid of your beard forever?! Male patients are also increasingly interested in what is known as mankini laser hair removal.
If you ever wonder why you should choose laser hair removal, remember how painful waxing is and how annoying shaving is. Both are time consuming, tedious and expensive in the long-term. Manscaping is not a new thing. Men have been shaving for ages. What is fairly new however is removing hair around the bikini area, also called the mankini.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal uses selective photothermolysis. This concept requires a specific wavelength to match a set pulse duration meant to achieve a desired result. Here, we are looking at hair growth reduction from damaging the hair follicle.
Indeed, the light energy produced by the laser will target the hair pigment. Then, it will travel all the way down the hair to the follicle, where this energy will become thermal energy. The heat will cauterize the blood vessel feeding the follicle, damaging it and making it improper for any more hair production.
Regardless of whether you undergo mankini laser hair removal or treatment on any other area of the body, it is the combined results of all the laser sessions that will allow for a thorough targeting of all your body hair. Why would you need six sessions (at least), you may ask? The answer is simple: the hair growth cycle.
Laser hair removal only works when the hair is in the anagen phase of growth. Indeed, it is the only time hair and follicle connect, allowing the energy to travel from the former to the later. Unfortunately, only 20% of your hair is in the anagen phase of growth at any point in time. Thus, one session will treat up to 20%. The other sessions will treat the remaining hair.
As of right now and according to the FDA, laser hair removal does not qualify as a permanent hair removal method. It is described as a long-term hair growth reduction method. However, a lot of our patients at Infinity Laser Spa do experience permanent hair removal.
Is Laser Hair Removal For Men?
Laser hair removal is a growing trend within the male demographics. Manscaping is not a new trend but no longer refers to shaving or removing facial hair. There are plenty of reasons why men would want to undergo laser hair removal. Some may want to remove excessive body hair, others will have an aesthetic-related reason.
Some men will want to remove hair around the perianal area to reduce irritation and itchiness. Laser hair removal provides a solution for an easier facial grooming and some men will just want to avoid experiencing ingrown hair outbreaks. There may indeed be plenty of reasons why and regardless, the procedure is exactly the same for all genders.
Is The Treatment More Expensive?
Many people believe that laser hair removal is a very expensive treatment. It is one of the most tenacious misconceptions about the treatment. However compared to shaving and waxing, laser hair removal ends up being cheaper in the long term.
Indeed, while you would need to wax once a month every month for years and years; or shave every other day, laser hair removal requires one year of treatment only. You may need touch-up sessions in the future but nothing much.
At Infinity Laser Spa, we always have yearly as well as seasonal deals for laser hair removal. You can buy one year of unlimited laser hair removal. The price will be the same for men and women alike. Other areas such as full legs, will cost the same as well. Men laser hair removal is not more expensive.
What Is Mankini Laser Hair Removal?
As mentioned above, laser hair removal is a growing trend amongst men. Manscaping is not new but more and more men are looking to remove body hair around their intimate parts. Mankini laser hair removal, also known as Brozilian, is the equivalent of laser hair removal for women.
The mankini covers the front of the pubic region, the ball sacks as well as the area up the thong line. The treatment takes fifteen to twenty minutes to complete. Remember to come in clean-shaven to ensure maximum efficiency of the treatment and reduce risks of any side effects.
The mankini is a very sensitive area. Even though laser hair removal is not painful, the treatment feels like a rubber band snapping at the skin repeatedly. It may be uncomfortable depending on your pain tolerance. Hair around the pubic region is very coarse, thus you may need additional sessions to achieve satisfactory results.
How To Prepare For Your Mankini Session?
Preparing for mankini laser hair removal is similar to preparing for any other area. You must shave the night before or morning of your appointment. If you have very sensitive skin, shaving may irritate your skin and make it more sensitive during laser hair removal. That is why we advise to shave the day before, so that your skin has the time to heal.
Take a shower prior to your appointment and remove any lotion, creams or moisturizers. If you are coming in for your first session, you must fill out our waiver form. If you have been taking antibiotics, you must wait at least ten days after stopping your treatment before going for a laser session.
To maximize the results of your session and ensure the treatment is the safest it can be, communicate with your laser technician. They should know about your medical history to ensure the treatment is safe for you (i.e. antibiotics or retinoids, which increase photosensitivity).