It used to be that hair reduction was strictly a female thing. Unless you were a bodybuilder, cyclist, swimmer, or male exotic dancer, chances are your body hair remained untouched.
Not so anymore. Experts report that more and more men are opting for the same grooming rights as women – including smooth body skin.
Most men don’t necessarily want it all removed, but increasingly they do want it thinned out, on their back and chest.
While shaving is fast and easy, it can increase the risk of ingrown hairs, which occur when cut hairs curl back into the skin instead of growing outward. This can be a problem for African American men, who are more likely to develop infections caused the by ingrown hairs. Results also last a few days only and it will be no reduction or thinning of the hair.
Depilatories creams attack the proteins in the hair and dissolves them. This causes the hair to loosen and fall out instantly. Results lasts a few weeks.
Electrolysis uses an ultra-slim needle to penetrate each individual hair shaft, this system delivers tiny shocks of electricity to the hair follicle, killing the cells that make hair. Once a cell is gone, it’s gone, so no hair will grow there again. While electrolysis works for hair removal equally well on all areas, because of the time-consuming nature of the treatment, small areas such as brow and ears are the most practical in men.
Treatments we offer at AgeFocus
Gone are the sticky, gooey, honey-based waxes of the past. In their place are soy waxes, a creamy lotion that’s applied to skin, but adheres only to the hair. Strips of specially prepared cloth are layered over the cream. When the mixture dries, in just a few minutes, the cloths are removed (think of pulling off a bandage) and the hair is gone.
Waxing is better for eyebrow shaping, unibrow, hair on ears and neck, legs, underarms, and arms. Waxing of the genital area can be very painful in man. Waxing can lead to skin infections, it’s important to use of an antibacterial skin lotion for several days. Results last 4-6 weeks.
Diode Laser Hair Reduction
What is laser hair reduction?
Laser hair removal treatments use light energy to permanently damage or destroy hair follicles—usually on the legs, back, underarms, and face—with the goal of preventing hair from growing back. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says laser hair removal effectively reduces the amount of hair you have by about 70%. While it may not remove it forever, the hair that grows back is usually much finer and less noticeable.
You’ll need about six to eight laser hair removal treatments staggered every four to eight weeks to see these results, plus an annual maintenance session. It’s smart to start a series of treatments in the late fall or early winter, so you’ll see smooth skin by summer.
Lasers remove the entire hair by causing thermal damage. It is the pigment in the hair that attracts the laser light. Older lasers just target the hair shaft with a “quick” burst of heat. Our new triple wave diode laser targets also the melanin in the hair, but the heat is delivered over a longer period of time, allowing some of the heat to get transmitted to the hair bulb and the stem cells, destroying them. It is also safe for all types of skin color. This prevents the regrowth of new hair. Plus, this more gradual heating makes the treatment more comfortable and reduces the risk of also injuring the skin. Reduce heat and a cooling tip makes the treatment comfortable. Hair gets damaged by the laser in the growing phase.
What are the benefits of a three-wave laser?
Most previous machines use IPL or one wave lasers (808), but this can limit the patients that can benefit from this treatment.
At AgeFocus we use a three wavelength (755/808/1064nm) that is suitable for all types of hair color and texture.
Alexandrite Laser (755nm wavelength): the golden standard for light-colored and thin hair, such as the eyebrows and upper lip.
Speed Laser (808nm wavelength): the classic wavelength in laser hair removal. It’s deep penetration, high average power and a high repetition rate make treatment very fast. Also, the 808nm has a moderate melanin absorption level, making it safe for darker skin types, making it ideal for treating the arms, legs, cheeks, and beard.
Yag Laser (1064nm wavelength): a focused solution for darker skin types.
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