A hairy back is almost always an embarrassment and many men with excessive hair growth on the Backs are reluctant to visit the beach and are even embarrassed in the locker room among other men. These men seek a reduction for appearance and self-esteem. Laser hair removal can certainly be of great benefit to men seeking an effective and long lasting hair removal, or hair reduction, solution.
There are many hair removal solutions that are available but not all of them are practical. Tweezing or waxing of the back are impractical unless your wife, partner or girlfriend help and often results in unattractive breakouts or infections. Shaving the back is even worse and quickly leads to the reappearance of unsightly stubble and thicker growth. Apart from appearance, many men are having body hair removal or reduction due to professional careers as a model or actor as well as sportsman and athletes including swimmers, cyclists and track and field athletes. Laser hair removal has become popular as the safe and effective solution, offering long term results.
How the laser works
Laser permanently removes hair in follicles during the growth (Anagen) phase. At any time, about 85% of our hair is in the growth stage and will be removed by Laser. During this stage, the hair is most receptive to Laser hair removal because it is rich in protein, keratinized cells and melanin. The amount of time the hair follicle stays in the Anagen phase is determined by our genetic make-up. A hair’s Anagen phase may last for several years, with Anagen hairs representing about 85% of our hair. At the conclusion of the Anagen phase, the follicle enters the Catagen or transition phase and then the Telogen or resting phase when the hair begins to shed while the follicle is stimulated to begin a new cycle. Hair is not susceptible for laser hair removal treatment during the Transition and resting phases. Please see the City Laser Clinic page about the Stages of Hair Growth. The duration of these phases of hair growth varies from person to person and is affected by our basic genetic (DNA) make-up, age, health and gender.
Different hair colour and follicle shape also affects the timings of these phases. As hair follicles move back to the growth phase they become susceptible to laser treatment and can then be removed permanently, hence the need for follow up visits to treat the follicles that were not in the growth (Anagen) phase during earlier visits. Maintenance visits are also required to remove hair from new follicles that start to grow hair. This is why we recommend 2 to 3 Maintenance visits each year. Laser Hair Removal treatment is more effective with thick dark hair than it is with thin light hair. If you have natural dark hair and dark skin you can still be benefit from laser treatment for hair removal, however additional treatments are usually required to achieve satisfactory results. Laser treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures. CANDELA GentleLase, the most trusted name in the industry, has pioneered the development of some of the safest and most effective laser technologies and products available on the market today.
How Many Treatments?
At City Laser Clinic, we recommend at least 6 to 8 treatments, 6 weeks apart for a significant reduction up to 75%, this does require your commitment to treatment each 6 weeks, or as otherwise assessed and advised by your City Laser Clinic therapist based on assessment of your hair and skin type. However, if you wish to achieve up to 80% hair loss, men usually require up to 12 and sometimes 15 treatments due to the higher levels of the male hormone testosterone. Any remaining hair will be much lighter and softer and will be controlled by maintenance laser hair removal treatments each 4 months. Contact City Laser Clinic to arrange a FREE consultation to discuss a treatment plan that suits your needs with one of our trained, qualified and experienced laser hair removal staff.
What you need to do before Laser Hair Removal Treatment:
Unlike waxing, there is no need for long hair. Hair is to be short for your laser treatment, about 2 to 3 days hair growth. 3mm maximum length. Shave or trim the hair before your treatment. Shorter hair ensures the treatment is more comfortable for you and allows the laser energy to travel down to the follicle faster. Avoid sun exposure or solarium on the area for 2 to 3 weeks before your treatment. You can use Spray Tan 24 hours after the treatment. At City Laser Clinic, our experienced qualified therapists will advise you based on your skin type and the nature of the treatments that you are receiving.
Post Treatment Care:
In general, avoid sun exposure, solarium or fake tan on the area for 2-3 weeks before treatment, and again 1-2 weeks after the treatment. At City Laser Clinic, we recommend wearing 30+ SPF. Be very aware of your skin in the sun after the treatment, your skin is sun sensitive and be careful not to expose the area to the direct sun. Your hair can take up to 2 weeks to fall out; it may fall out as late as the 14th day. Exfoliate the area 3 days after the treatment to assist the process of the hair falling out. If some hair does not fall out (this does happen sometimes), you may shave the area and please inform your therapist on your next visit. Once your treatments have started, forcing the hair from the follicle will reverse the effect of the treatment. Therefore, waxing, plucking and Emjoy treatments are not recommended. However, if needed you may shave, trim, use depilatory creams or clippers between treatments.
Is Laser Hair Removal suitable for everyone?
The ideal candidate for Laser Hair Removal is a person with light skin and dark hair. People with light skin and dark hair will receive the best results (up to 75% reduction after 6 to 8 treatments). People with dark skin and dark hair can still be treated, but may need more treatments. People with blonde, red and grey hairs cannot achieve significant hair removal with available laser machines. To achieve the best results City Laser Clinic uses the CANDELA GentleLase – Genuine Laser for hair removal. The CANDELA GentleLase delivers a laser beam on a specific wavelength most suited to hair removal. The laser energy that is used is more effective than other processes and assures safe destruction of the active (Anagen) hair follicles in the treated area.