Is laser hair removal permanent for men?


Questions | Dr Dhanraj Chavan | May 31, 2021



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If you have been thinking about getting a laser hair removal, you might be wondering how effective it actually is. The truth is, there is a lot of conflicting information online about laser hair removal. As with many things, people will swear by it while others may say it was completely ineffective for them. Here are some of the questions I hear most about laser hair removal:

  • Which permanent hair removal is the best?
  • How frequent should I get laser hair removal treatment?
  • What happens if things go wrong?
  • Will I have depressed scarred skin after a laser hair removal treatment?
  • What is the aftercare of post-laser hair removal?
  • Is laser hair removal permanent for men?

In this post, I will address all your doubts regarding laser hair removal. 

What is Laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal, or laser hair reduction, is a cosmetic procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light to remove unwanted body hair. A hand-held device delivers pulses of light that target the hair follicles to destroy them with heat. The light energy in laser hair removal is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle. The heat damages the follicle and slows down the future production of hair. Each pulse lasts fractions of a second, and treatments take only minutes to complete.

The hair growth can be controlled in 6-8 sessions. Practically, how many sessions are required depend on various factors, like the area of treatment, thickness of hair in that area, underlying hormonal imbalance, and more. Talk to your doctor to have a clearer picture on this.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal is a very popular method for removing unwanted hair from certain parts of your body. In this method, pulses of laser light target the hair root & destroy it permanently, which helps to remove hairs from our body. This hair follicle then loses its capacity to grow. There are various types of devices available to remove unwanted hair from the body.

Let’s check the types of laser hair removal available in the market:

  • IPL Intense Pulse light: It is one of the cosmetic and aesthetic procedures used to treat laser hair removal, other aesthetic and dermatological procedures.
  • Nd Yag laser: It is one of the oldest ways of doing laser hair removal, with a wavelength of 1060 nm
  • Light sheer diode laser: The light sheer diode is safe to use. It is the non-invasive, painless and fastest method of hair removal. This laser has a big spot size, so larger body areas can be treated in minimal time. This laser comes with a cooling tip, which is convenient for patients and less pain.

Make sure you get your skin checked by a doctor before proceeding with a laser treatment. Skin varies from person to person and so will be the treatment for hair removal and after effect.

Do watch this video to get more information about laser treatments.


How many laser hair removal sessions are required?

Laser hair removal is an office hour procedure and can be performed after consulting with your dermatologist. It is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments all over the world. 

Post-treatment mild redness may occur in the treatment area, which usually gets settle down in a few hours. The number of sessions required depends on various factors such as – 

  • The area which you wanted to get your laser hair removal done.
  • How thickness is your hairs.
  • The facial area may take more time to grow than other parts of the body.

Not all hair on the body remains in the anagen phase at a certain period of time. Most of these hair follicles have been targeted previously and are in a dormant stage. These hair follicles can be targeted in subsequent sessions after the previous treatment. As a result of this, multiple sessions are required to get the best possible results after the treatment.

We recommend going for minimum 6 to 8 sessions for body hair removal with a gap of 2 to 3 months in between. During the treatment, the hair follicles permanently lose their capacity to regrow & results in the desired outcome.

Different areas of a body having unwanted, thick, coarse hair can be effectively treated with these laser machines. For body parts like upper lips, sidelocks, lower face, and chin, you can start seeing results after 3 sessions. But full hands, full legs, underarms, bikini areas, beard shaping, chest and back may take more time to see visible results.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Yes, laser hair removal is permanent in both men and women. It changes thick hair into fine, less darker hair. You will notice less unwanted hair growth. During pregnancy or with menopause, due to hormonal changes, women may get few hair on their face, while other parts of the body may remain normal after treatment.

In order to avoid or minimize side effects, strictly follow the post-care instructions outlined by your doctor. This will also ensure the final outcome matches your expectations and lasts longer. In addition, you will also require occasional maintenance sessions. Such sessions will help prevent hair follicles regeneration. After the first treatment, you will likely need one or two of such maintenance sessions in the year; the number of sessions, however, vary for different people. 

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that requires training and sophisticated skills to perform. This is why it’s important to do a thorough check on the experience and credential of the doctor, technician, and clinic before picking any one. 

Nowadays, men are also in the trend of getting laser hair removal done. It is completely safe and good to remove unwanted hairs from your body. As men have thick and denser hairs, so the number of sessions required will be more than women. Henceforth, make sure you complete all the sessions recommended by your dermatologist.

Therefore, consult your nearby dermatologist, who can guide you in detail about your treatment regime. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

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