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Men’s guide to laser hair removal

March 26, 2019
Figure 19. A man’s back after treatment

 

Myth: laser hair removal is only for women. Fact: men too, often wish to do away with unwanted hair! The highly advanced laser hair removal procedures offered at SpaMedica plastic surgery centre in Toronto are an effective way of achieving quality, permanent results! Want to know more? Here are some of the most common questions men ask about the procedure, answered:

 

What is laser hair removal?

 

Laser hair removal is the use of laser energy to permanently eliminate and reduce the growth of unwanted hair. There are many effective lasers that can accomplish this. At Spamedica in Toronto, we utilize over 10 lasers including 3 major wavelengths to provide you with the best possible permanent reduction of hair growth.

 

How does it work?

 

The laser hair removal system releases a bundle of light energy called photons, which are attracted to the pigment in the skin. Certain wavelengths are more attracted to melanin and thus, darker pigment in the hair shaft. Patients can take advantage of our variety of treatment programs suitable to any and all skin types and colours.

 

How long does treatment take?

 

Each treatment takes about 15-30 minutes. For small areas like the underarms and bikini, treatments are generally performed every 6-10 weeks, and for larger areas like the legs or back, treatments are recommended every 8-12 weeks. Generally, a series of 5-6 treatments is usually recommended due to the fact that some hair bulbs are always sleeping, while some are actively producing hair. Since the laser needs a dark hair shaft in order to create heat and destroy the bulbs, treatments are performed every time hair starts growing again so that all hair bulbs are treated in their growing phase, and a 75%+ permanent reduction of hair can be achieved.

 

Is it safe? Does it hurt?

 

Our SpaMedica laser systems have built-in cooling systems in the form of cold air systems or water-cooled tips which greatly reduce the discomfort sometimes associated with laser hair removal. The GentleMAX Pro laser, for example, uses a spray of cryogen to freeze the skin prior to releasing the laser beam. Topical anaesthetic cream may also be prescribed to minimize any discomfort. For the most part, however, modern laser hair removal procedures are very comfortable.

 

How can it help athletes?

 

Many athletes choose to remove their body hair for a variety of reasons. From bodybuilders who wish to enhance muscle definition to cyclists who do their legs and lower bodies to avoid chafing and irritation to swimmers who can save one-tenth of a second off their racing time by having less hair, it’s simply the smart option for many male athletes, especially those who compete professionally.

 

Other reasons men get laser hair removal

 

There are many reasons a man might choose to get laser hair removal. Better hygiene and easier grooming are common. And for men who happen to have excessive body hair (back hair for instance), laser hair removal can work wonders for boosting confidence levels!

 

What’ll it cost?

 

In general, small-zone laser hair removal is a pay-as-you-play treatment starting from $100, while large-zone hair removal can be several hundred dollars but still affordable. Ask us about our 6-pack program, which offers the best cost savings for those paying upfront, or our Total Body Hair Removal Program—available for under $200.

 

To learn more about the fantastic laser hair removal options available for men at Toronto’s SpaMedica plastic surgery centre, book a consultation today!

Posted by Tim Akhmedov

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