The Guy's Guide to Laser Hair Removal

If you're considering laser removal for men, here's are eight  else you need to know:

1. It will require multiple sessions

Unfortunately, laser hair removal isn’t a one-and-done ordeal, at least not yet. On top of that, you probably won’t tackle every hair on your body in a single session. Most men typically require 3-6 treatments spread out over several months

Because the normal hair growth cycle takes a month to regenerate, this is the interval at which you will return for your next treatment. And on top of that, you have to wear down the follicle, which takes a few sessions until it’s kaput. Hence this cycle of monthlong intervals until the hair follicles are all kaput.

2. You won't want to shave or tan in the days before laser removal

Don’t come in with freshly shaved skin at your appointment, because your doctor will need a visual in order to locate the hair’s base. Also, avoid direct sun exposure in the two days before your appointment, so that your skin isn’t burnt or overly sensitive to the lasers.

3. Avoid sun, chemicals, tight clothing and intense heat after

Pad the days following your laser hair removal, too: In this window of time, you want to let the skin recover, without any hindrance from heat, sweat, and overly perfumed or chemical-powered skincare products. (Ditto for chlorinated swimming pools.) Make sure your skin is nicely ventilated, and try to stay in a temperature controlled room, if possible, while maintaining lukewarm or cool showers while using gentle cleansers.

4. Skin tone makes a big difference

This may surprise you, but the color of your skin and hair affects the ease with which doctors can administer the lasers safely. 

6. It’s gotten less painful

You should expect laser hair removal to hurt a little, or even a lot—though it’s way more tolerable lately than in the past. 

7. Some hair will grow back

Even once your treatments are done and you have the smooth dolphin body you always wanted, some hair can still grow back