Metropolitan Plastic Surgery

Laser Hair Removal For Men

Facial Cosmetic Surgery for Men

Men generally accept the presence of hair on their face or body. It is when the hair is excessive or problematic that they seek to reduce or eliminate the hair growth. In some men, the hair may be in-grown. This could result in recurrent infections and difficulty with shaving. The condition can be so severe that it may result in scarring of the skin of the face or body. In some cases, hair covers the fine definition of the muscular structure of the body. Men who work hard at developing their muscles may find that the fruits of their labor cannot be seen with the excess hair present on their chest or legs. For such individuals, reducing the hair growth on the chest or legs may allow the muscular definition of the body to be more visible.

Many individuals interested in laser hair removal have been skeptical about the long-term results of this procedure. Until recently, few lasers were able to claim permanent hair removal. The fact remains that not all hair removal lasers are able to permanently eliminate the hair growth, and some can do actual harm in the process. The question is which laser is most effective, yet has the least possibility of injuring the patient. No hair removal system is truly complete. Some hair return is unavoidable. However, with repeated sessions of laser treatment, the hair growth is reduced. Tough, dark, rapidly growing hair is replaced by softer, lighter, slower growing hair. Areas of dense hair growth become sparser.

We usually perform this facial cosmetic surgery procedure for men in our Virginia offices. The skin of the area to be treated with the laser is cleaned and shaved. The laser light creates a superficial burn that causes the hair follicle to be injured, while other skin elements are left undamaged. Several generations of lasers have been introduced in the past several years. Most lasers induce hair follicle injury through selective ablation of tissue. Different target cells are affected by different wavelengths. The range of wavelengths extends from 500 nm lasers, which primarily affect vascular structures, to the 1064nm wavelengths, which affect water and melanin. Long-pulsed Nd: YAG lasers are 1064nm and target melanin present in the hair follicles. Dark-colored hair with a lot of melanin is most effectively targeted. White hair having little melanin is least affected. Blond hair falls somewhere in the middle of this spectrum.

There will be a minimal amount of swelling in the follicles of hair after laser hair removal. Your skin may appear to have “goose bumps.” But this will quickly resolve in a few hours. The area treated may be slightly red. You do not need any down-time with this procedure. This facial cosmetic surgery procedure for men is really something you can do and go back to work the next hour.

 

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic surgery procedure that helps reduce unwanted hair permanently and effectively by using laser light.

What does Laser Hair Removal accomplish for men in Virginia?

The purpose of the laser hair removal procedure is to remove unwanted hair. This is a problem that both men and women have had to endure for centuries. Temporary removal with shaving, plucking, or waxing has been the method used most often to deal with unwanted hair. Until recently, electrolysis was the only effective method for permanent hair removal. However, electrolysis is painful and can result in permanent scarring of the skin. When laser hair removal was first introduced, it was a dream come true. For the first time in history, one could remove hair permanently and without pain.

Why do men have Laser Hair Removal?

Men generally accept the presence of hair on their face or body. It is when the hair is excessive or problematic that they seek to reduce or eliminate the hair growth. In some men, the hair may be in-grown. This could result in recurrent infections and difficulty with shaving. The condition can be so severe that it may result in scarring of the skin of the face or body. In some cases, hair covers fine definition of the muscular structure of the body. Men who work hard at developing their muscles may find that the fruits of their work cannot be seen with the excess hair present on their chest or legs. For such individuals, reducing the hair growth on the chest or legs may allow the muscular definition of the body to be more visible.

Who is a candidate for the Laser Hair Removal procedure?

Candidates for this facial cosmetic surgery procedure include men who would like permanent reduction of hair in unwanted areas of the face or body. In addition to men with normal hair growth, laser hair removal is useful for those men who suffer from hirsutism (excessive hair growth) and parafolliculitis barbae (inflammation due to ingrown hairs).

What happens during the first consultation for Laser Hair Removal for men in Virginia?

In the first consultation, you will have a chance to discuss your concerns with our patient care coordinators and Dr. Marefat. We will explain what you need to know about your procedure and help to determine what is best for you. You will receive information booklets, review before and after photographs, and receive pricing on the procedures.

How is Laser Hair Removal performed?

Dr. Marefat usually performs this facial cosmetic surgery procedure for men in our Virginia offices. The skin of the area to be treated with the laser is cleaned and shaved. The laser light creates a superficial burn that causes the hair follicle to be injured, while other skin elements are left undamaged. Several generations of lasers have been introduced in the past several years. Most lasers induce injury in the hair follicle through selective ablation of tissue. Different target cells are affected by different wavelengths. The range of wavelengths extends from 500 nm lasers, which primarily affect vascular structures, to the 1064nm wavelengths, which affect water and melanin. Long-pulsed Nd: YAG lasers are 1064nm and target melanin present in the hair follicles. Dark-colored hair with a lot of melanin is most effectively targeted. White hair having little melanin is least affected. Blond hair falls somewhere in the middle of this spectrum.

Is Laser Hair Removal really permanent?

Many men interested in laser hair removal have been skeptical about the long-term results of this facial cosmetic surgery procedure. Until recently, few lasers were able to claim permanent hair removal. The fact remains that not all hair removal lasers are able to permanently eliminate the hair growth, and some can do actual harm in the process. The question is which laser is most effective, yet has the least possibility of injuring the patient. No hair removal system is truly complete. Some hair return is unavoidable. However, with repeated sessions of laser treatment, the hair growth is reduced. Tough, dark, rapidly growing hair is replaced by softer, lighter, slower growing hair. Areas of dense hair growth become sparser.

How many times do I have to be treated?

This depends on your hair color, skin color, and the laser being used. It is almost certain that you would need several treatments. With the long-pulsed Nd: YAG laser, you might need at least 5-6 treatments. Needing twice as many sessions to achieve the desired end is not unusual. Treatments are generally spaced 2 months apart. Hair has to be in a susceptible phase of its growth cycle for the treatment to be successful. After each treatment episode, a certain percentage of hair follicles will be permanently stunned by the laser light. The hair follicle is injured, but the other skin elements and tissues are little affected.

What can I expect after a Laser Hair Removal procedure?

There will be a minimal amount of swelling in the follicles of hair after laser hair removal. Your skin may appear to have “goose bumps.” This will quickly resolve in a few hours. The area treated may be slightly red. You do not need any down-time with this facial cosmetic surgery procedure. This is really something men can do and go back to work the next hour.

How many visits do I have after a Laser Hair Removal procedure for men in Virginia?

Treatments are generally spaced 2 months apart. You may have as many visits as you want. Our treatment packages last for a year. In most cases, there is sufficient reduction in the hair that further treatments may not be necessary.

Am I a good candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

The ideal candidate for laser hair removal for men is a man who has dark hair against light skin. Long-pulsed Nd: YAG lasers are 1064nm and target melanin present in the hair follicles. Dark- colored hair with a lot of melanin is most effectively targeted. White hair having little melanin is least affected. Blond hair falls somewhere in the middle of this spectrum.

How do I pay for a Laser Hair Removal procedure for men?

Men can pay for facial cosmetic surgery by certified check, credit card, or cash. Payment for cosmetic surgery is expected prior to any procedure. If you are scheduled for surgery several weeks in advance, you may pay by personal check.

Are there scars with Laser Hair Removal?

No. There are no scars with this procedure.

Is Laser Hair Removal painful?

Patients have virtually no pain during or after the procedure. If you have resistant hair that requires high-energy pulses of light, you may feel a slight pricking sensation with the laser. However, the advantage of the long-pulsed Nd: YAG laser is that it can be adjusted to each patient's level of comfort.

Will I be awake during Laser Hair Removal?

Yes. You do not need any sedation or local numbing medicine with this facial cosmetic surgery procedure for men.

Where is the Laser Hair Removal procedure performed in Virginia?

The procedure is performed in our Virginia offices.

Are medical photographs taken?

Yes. In all cosmetic and reconstructive cases medical photos are taken. Photographs are mandatory. This is the only way for us to compare your status before the procedure to your results. Photographs in plastic surgery serve much the same role that x-rays serve for orthopedic surgery.

How do I get started with Laser Hair Removal for men in Virginia?

Dr. Marefat and the staff at Metropolitan Plastic Surgery would be happy to help you set up a private consultation to discuss laser hair removal for men in Virginia. Schedule an appointment online or call one of our locations, our Arlington, Virginia office at 703-516-7600 or our Woodbridge, Virginia office at 703-560-9583.

Are there financing options for Laser Hair Removal for men in Virginia?

Dr. Marefat offers a number of financial assistance programs and payment programs to cover the cost of laser hair removal for men in Virginia. Please visit the Patient Financing section of our website for more details or ask the staff at Metropolitan Plastic Surgery about these options so you can get started with laser hair removal for men in Virginia today.