Electrolysis and laser hair removal are the most popular options for males wanting to get rid of their facial hair permanently. If you are considering one of these two methods, here are the essential facts you might want to understand:
Total Hair Removal or Reduction?
Laser treatment can only thin your facial hair by around 70% to 85%. Likewise, since the procedure effectively thins facial hair, it’s ideal for spots that you trim constantly — your neck, stragglers surrounding your mustache or beard, and the top portion of your cheeks. If you’re looking for more permanent results, consider electrolysis. However, note that electrolysis is significantly more painful and costly.
Who’s an Ideal Candidate?
The laser device used for hair removal pinpoints hair by focusing on high contrast, pigmented spots, meaning that males with fair skin and dark hair are ideal candidates, says Davis Surgical Associates, a laser hair removal specialist in Layton. Males with red, gray or blonde hair will obtain better results with electrolysis.
There will be Some (or More) Pain
Think of heated rubber bands snapping at your face — a bit painful, but fleeting — that’s how laser feels like. Electrolysis involves needles, but with some topical anesthesia. One session of laser treatment lasts between 15 and 30 minutes while a session of electrolysis can last from 15 minutes to an hour. Performed properly, typical side effects usually include some soreness and redness, much like how your skin feels after getting waxed.
Results will Take Some Time
If you get your whole face treated with laser, you’ll have to undergo approximately six hours of laser treatment in a year. On the other hand, you’ll need around 400 hours of electrolysis treatment in the course of four years for permanent results.
“Permanent” Results Many Not be 100% Permanent
Following your initial laser sessions, you may require at least one session every year to maintain the results because as long as your body is capable of metabolizing, there’s a small chance that your hair will grow back.
Regardless of which hair removal method you choose, it’s crucial that you find a specialist to perform the procedure. Look for proper credentials and certifications and ask lots of questions. Additionally, if you choose to undergo electrolysis, note that some states require certification or licenses. So do your homework and do your homework to ensure not only your safety, but perfect results as well.