Laser Hair Removal for Men
There was a time when chest hair poking out of a shirt collar was considered attractive, but we no longer live in those times. In fact, we live in times in which attractive bodies are generally hairless bodies. For those men who have a naturally hairy chest or back, achieving that hairless look can be a hardship at best. Shaving is a problematic solution, as it can lead to more dense hair growth in the future and discomfort as the hair grows back. Waxing can achieve a better result, but can be both painful and somewhat emasculating. The solution is a process known as laser hair removal, a cosmetic procedure performed by East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery surgeons.
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What is Laser Hair Removal For Men?
For those looking for laser hair removal for men New Jersey East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery offers a great option. By combining two different wavelengths of amplified light, the laser is able to target the melanin in your hair, right down to the follicle. The lasers accomplish this by using high energy, something hair follicles are known to dislike and be quite susceptible to. After three or four sessions, the bulk of your hair—as much as 80%–should be permanently eliminated.
Multiple sessions are required because not all hair grows at the same time. In fact, most hair growth follows several different cycles, meaning that the hair on your arms or legs, for example, will be in different stages at different times. To effectively eliminate as much hair as possible, each phase of growing hair must be individually targeted. Your number of sessions will also be determined by the density of hair slated for removal as well as the color of that hair.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
The plastic surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery generally look for the following characteristic in patients who would like to undergo Laser Hair Removal:
- You have a significant amount of hair that you find unpleasant
- You have realistic expectations of what Laser Hair Removal can accomplish
- You are not currently taking hormones that encourage hair growth
- You are generally healthy enough for the procedure
The plastic surgeons at ECA Plastic Surgery will determine the best course of action for you based on your desired results during your confidential consultation. To best achieve and ensure your results, please be prepared to discuss various aspects of your medical history, including family history, treatment history, tobaccos use and so on.
Special Considerations for Laser Hair Removal
As you gear up for your laser hair removal procedure, it’s important to keep in mind several factors:
- Expectations: Laser hair removal is a highly effective procedure, but it is not a perfect procedure. It is important to maintain realistic expectations.
- Shaving: It is unnecessary—and likely unproductive—to shave before your laser hair removal procedure.
Procedure and Recovery
During your laser hair removal procedure, ECAPS plastic surgeons will use various lasers to achieve the best results. The procedures themselves can generally be performed in roughly an hour. Once the session is finished, there may be some redness around the treated area. It’s also important to note that while the laser system destroys the living hair follicle, the hair does not instantly disappear. It may be a number of weeks before the dead hair falls out, though the bulk of this shedding process happens during the first week after a session.
It is recommended that you wait four to eight weeks between sessions in order to give the new crop of hair time to grow to a sufficient stature to be more easily targeted and dispatched. There is no safety issue with more treatments-it will simply make the entire process less efficient and more costly, both in terms of money and time. Your plastic surgeons from East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery will give you detailed and individualized instructions on how best to care for your results, in order to ensure that they last as long as possible.