Nothing feels quite as satisfying as a smooth, freshly-shaven face. But for many men, what starts as a baby soft shave in the morning leads to a five o’clock shadow by noon. The hours of your day spent managing facial hair with shaving, plucking, and other tedious grooming can really add up.
If you’re tired of spending time and money on short-lived solutions for unwanted facial hair, laser hair removal may be the answer. This innovative treatment can safely and effectively reduce hair growth on your face for months – or even years – at a time.
At Ethos Spa, our experienced providers use advanced laser technology to help men achieve near-permanent (or permanent) smooth skin on their face, neck, and beard areas. Read on to learn all about how laser hair removal works and the life-changing results it can bring to your appearance and confidence.
For those blessed with quick hair growth, shaving can feel like a daily – or even twice daily – chore. Constantly shaving your stubble, beard, mustache, and sideburns eats away your time, which you could have invested in more important activities.
The daily ritual of shaving can also wreak havoc on your skin over time. Passing a sharp razor over the same area again and again often leads to painful bumps, irritation, and ingrown hairs – a condition known as pseudofolliculitis barbae. This can be especially problematic for men with curly hair or sensitive skin types prone to inflammation.
While men initially start shaving to look neat and well-groomed, the frequent shaving itself can unfortunately have the opposite effect. Red, irritated skin with dark hair peeking through does not make for the cleanest appearance.
Fortunately, today’s men have an innovative solution to banish the beard, mustache, neck hair, and unruly sideburns for good – laser hair removal. This treatment can provide the freedom of being hair-free without the hassle, cost, discomfort, and upkeep of daily shaving and other methods.
Laser hair removal has grown in popularity for both women and men thanks to advancements in the technology. Lasers can now zero in on coarse, dark hairs without damaging the surrounding skin.
Want to know how laser hair removal works its magic? Allow us to explain:
Lasers are the perfect solution for removing facial hair because they can selectively target coarse, dark hairs while minimizing trauma to the sensitive skin on the face. This level of precision cannot be matched by shaving, plucking, threading, or other hair removal techniques.
With laser hair removal, it’s possible to get stubble-free skin on your face that lasts weeks or months between treatments – not just hours like with shaving.
Over a series of treatments, laser can provide up to 90% permanent facial hair reduction or even total removal, freeing you from ingrown hairs, razor burn, and 5 o’clock shadow for good.
Now that the technology exists to get facial hair removal that lasts, thousands of men are taking advantage of laser to transform their daily grooming routine.
There are many compelling reasons to consider laser hair removal for the face and neck beyond just saving time. The benefits for men include:
With so many advantages, it’s easy to see why laser hair removal has become the first choice for men seeking smooth, hair-free skin that shaving simply cannot deliver long-term.
While laser works well for most skin types, the best candidates for permanent facial hair reduction have:
During your consultation, a laser technician can evaluate your unique hair color and skin type to determine if laser hair removal is right for you. With the range of devices available today, most men can safely achieve significant facial hair removal.
With the rising popularity of laser hair removal among men, many medispas now offer these treatments. However, laser hair removal on the sensitive facial region is one cosmetic procedure you don’t want to have done just anywhere.
The lasers used for hair removal emit powerful beams of concentrated light. In the wrong hands, they can cause painful burns or even permanent scarring if proper protocols aren’t followed.
At a dedicated laser facility, you can count on:
A reputable center will also provide a complimentary consultation to determine if laser is right for you prior to your first session. Beware of places offering laser hair removal deals or encouraging treatments without an evaluation first.
Do your research to choose a center that specializes in laser treatments for men. The expertise and care at a qualified dermatology-based facility help ensure you get the safe, effective results you want without complications.
Achieving smooth, stubble-free skin through laser hair removal involves more than just showing up and having your face zapped.
Following proper protocols before and after laser sessions helps allow the treatments to work safely and effectively. Here are key steps for preparing your face and beard area for laser hair removal:
Following your provider’s recommendations carefully before laser hair removal tends to yield the best experience and outcome.
Once you have selected a qualified laser center and prepared your skin properly at home, here’s an overview of the actual laser treatment process:
The laser session is typically a quick, tolerable process with minimal discomfort. Your provider’s skill and experience combined with proper skin cooling makes the treatment easy to handle for most men.
While the exact protocol varies by patient, on average it takes about 4 to 6 laser hair removal treatment sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart to see optimal facial hair reduction.
This is because your hair growth occurs in phases. The laser can only disable the follicles that are currently active and producing hair during each visit.
Follicles in the dormant phase will not be affected at that time but may enter the active growth stage at a later point. More than one laser session is needed to catch all the follicles when they are vulnerable.
During your consultation, your provider will assess your facial hair and advise how many treatments will likely be needed to meet your goals whether that’s a 50% reduction or 95% removal of facial hair.
Sticking to the schedule of sessions your laser technician recommends gives you the best chance of successful long-term hair removal on your face, neck, and beard area.
You want to nurture the treated facial areas properly after each laser session to aid the healing process and avoid complications. Follow these tips for aftercare:
|Apply cold compresses||Place a cold cloth on treated areas to soothe warmth and prevent swelling|
|Use a gentle cleanser||Cleanse face gently with a mild, non-irritating cleanser for 24 hours after|
|Moisturize||Keep skin hydrated with a light, fragrance-free moisturizer. Avoid heavy creams.|
|Avoid irritation||Prevent rubbing, friction, and picking at treated areas as they heal. Don’t shave or apply hair removal creams.|
|Stay out of the sun||Protect skin from sun exposure that could cause irritation, blistering, or discoloration.|
|Watch for adverse reactions||Contact your provider if you experience excessive redness, swelling, itching, drainage or other worrisome symptoms.|
|Wait 1-2 days before makeup||Avoid applying cosmetics, perfumes, and skincare products which can aggravate treated areas for 24-48 hours.|
With proper aftercare, any side effects like redness or sensitivity after laser facial hair removal generally subside within a day or so. Following your provider’s recommendations helps ensure the best results.
Once you complete your series of recommended laser hair removal treatments, what level of facial hair reduction can you expect to see?
However, keep realistic expectations. Permanent hair “removal” is a bit of a misnomer. Laser hair removal provides significant and long-lasting hair reduction, but hormones can lead to some new growth recurring over time.
The degree of long-term reduction can vary substantially by individual. Some may see near-complete removal. But most men achieve enough reduction in beard hair, mustache, and neck hair to feel satisfied with the results.
For any stubborn remaining hairs after your initial package of treatments, single touch-up sessions can be booked as needed. This maintains smooth results.
A common concern about removing facial hair with lasers is the potential for scarring or permanent damage to the skin. However, adverse effects are extremely unlikely with today’s advanced devices and when performed properly by an expert technician.
The newest generation of hair removal lasers delivers rapid pulses of light that disable hair follicles but spare most of the surrounding tissue.
Temporary side effects like redness, minor swelling, and sensitivity are common and resolve within a few days as the skin recovers. But permanent impacts on your appearance are not expected.
At your consultation, be sure to discuss your skin type and any concerns about laser facial treatments with your provider. Following all pre and post-treatment guidelines also optimizes safety.
With the right provider overseeing your care, laser can successfully remove unwanted facial hair without long-term damage.
The investment for laser hair removal treatments on your face can vary based on factors such as:
To give you a general idea, below are the usual price ranges depending on area size, cumulative costs, and a full-face treatment.
|Treatment Type||Price per Session|
|Full Face Treatment||$140 to $600|
|Smaller Areas (e.g., Upper Lip or Chin)||$35 to $150|
|Larger Areas (e.g., Full Beard/Neck)||$150 to $300|
|Total Cost for 4-6 Recommended Sessions (Face)||$500 to $3000|
Full face and neck treatments are more costly than just a beard, mustache, or partial area of the face. But you maximize results by treating all regions of concern in a single session.
Because laser hair removal is considered an elective cosmetic treatment, it is generally not covered by health insurance plans. However, there are some exceptions where insurance may provide partial coverage:
If one of the above extenuating circumstances applies to you, consult with both your doctor and insurance provider to find out if any coverage is available. Have your physician provide documentation showing medical necessity.
For the majority of men seeking laser hair removal for cosmetic reasons, the treatments will need to be paid out-of-pocket. But rest assured the investment pays for itself through the money and time saved on shaving products, countless razor blades, and other tedious grooming over your lifetime.
Looking youthful and well-groomed with less facial hair maintenance is invaluable for career and relationships. Considering the confidence boost smooth skin provides, most men find the payment worthwhile.
Payment plans through reputable laser clinics allow you to divide costs into interest-free monthly installments. Bundled discounted packages for multiple sessions also help lower the price per treatment. Just be sure to avoid steeply discounted deals on group sites, as quality may be questionable.
Besides shaving, two of the most popular options for getting rid of facial hair are laser and electrolysis. Both provide permanent hair reduction when performed correctly. But there are some key differences between these two methods:
|Comparison Points||Laser Hair Removal||Electrolysis|
|Hairs treated at once||Treats multiple hairs at once||Targets and removes hair singly|
|Speed||Treating the whole face takes <1 hour||Removing individual hairs is extremely tedious and time-consuming|
|Pain||Feels like a quick elastic snap||Feels like being pricked with a needle over and over|
|Best for hair color||Works on dark, coarse hair||Better for fair hair (blonde, gray, red)|
|Number of treatments||Requires several treatments||Permanently destroys each hair in 1-2 treatments|
|Treatment area||Can treat large areas||Works best for limited, small areas|
For dark, coarse hair like that found in most men’s beards and mustaches, laser hair removal provides the quickest, most comfortable option for lasting reduction. However, electrolysis does offer a greater ability to target fair hair.
Your laser clinic can advise if you are a better candidate for laser or electrolysis facial hair removal based on your unique hair color, skin tone, pain tolerance, and goals for treatment.
When it comes to something as visible as your face, you want to entrust it only to laser specialists with impeccable credentials. This is what we offer here at Ethos Spa.
With over a decade of experience providing laser hair removal to men seeking facial rejuvenation, we are leaders in male aesthetic treatments.
Our team of nurses and technicians works under the supervision of board-certified dermatologists. They provide medical oversight to ensure your safety and optimal outcomes.
We always tailor the laser experience to each man’s needs for smoother skin on their face, neck, beard, and other areas.
Are you ready to say goodbye to razor burn, stubble, and ingrown hairs? Discover how we can help you achieve permanently smooth skin on your face.
Our specialists look forward to creating a customized laser hair removal plan designed to meet your masculine grooming goals. Invest in yourself today – your confidence is worth it!