Male Body Hair Problems
Electrolysis by Alison
Male Body Hair Problems
It’s not always easy being a man, especially as you get older: problems such as enlarged prostates, erectile dysfunction, beer belly, scalp hair loss, and male body hair problems present themselves. Excessive hair growth can occur as men advance in years, leading to large amounts of unwanted hair. Electrolysis by Alison is here to cater to men seeking permanent hair removal techniques.
Embarrassing Male Body Problems
Bad breath, passing gas in uncomfortable amounts, jock itch, unmanageable amounts of hair: men experience body issues just like women do. Body hair is one of the most prominent ones, as it’s something that can be seen everyday, depending on a man’s schedule: at the gym, at the beach or pool, when with a partner. Human bodies of all kinds are covered in hair. However, the kind of hair we think of as body hair is just one of three main types. Terminal, vellus, and lanugo hair.
- Terminal hair is characterized by being longer, thicker, darker, and coarser than other types of hair.
- Vellus hair is short, soft, and usually lighter than terminal hair.
- Lanugo hair is only grown by babies, and is meant to protect the skin from amniotic fluid during pregnancy. It falls out soon after birth.
Terminal hair sometimes develops from hair follicles that previously produced vellus hair as a result of hormonal changes such as puberty. The male hormones cause growth of terminal hair.
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Hairy Back Causes and Treatment
Some people are just genetically predisposed towards growing more body hair. This is the most common cause of unwanted body hair. However, problems such as hormonal imbalances, certain medication, and other health issues can also cause sudden growth of body hair. There are many ways that people use to try and manage hair on their backs, shoulders, eyebrows, chests, and elsewhere.
Electrolysis offers the only FDA- and AMA-approved form of permanent hair removal. It gets rid of unwanted hair by the use of a very slender probe that is inserted in the hair follicles. Either a brief electrical pulse or a similarly brief pulse of intense heat is shot through the probe, with the result of disabling the follicle’s ability to grow new hair. Unlike with laser hair removal, this process is very unlikely to traumatize other adjacent follicles into sprouting unsightly terminal hairs. That said, due to the cycle of activity and inactivity that follicles on your face and body go through (different to the cycle that scalp hair goes through) it is important to go through several rounds of electrolysis on the same area, to ensure that all terminal hair growth is arrested.
Different areas of the body pose different challenges for an electrologist. Areas such as the armpit and legs have a large area, requiring more and longer sessions, and can include regions of high sensitivity. Other areas, such as the chin and upper lip, are smaller but in plain sight. Any side effects that may occur will be highly visible. Nobody wants to have red marks on their face for their rehearsal dinner.
- Shaving is a straightforward way of removing body hair, though depending on your hair growth and its location it can be difficult to shave correctly. Improper shaving can lead to razor burn, nicks, and ingrown hairs.
- Waxing is another common method of hair removal. It lasts longer than shaving, as it removes the hair entirely out of the follicle (or attempts to), which means it take longer to regrow. However, it is a painful process. What’s more, often hair is snapped under the skin rather than cleanly removed. This is a leading cause of painful ingrown hairs.
- Depilatory creams are used by some to weaken hair to the point it can be swept off the skin. This is popular for body hair, although the ingredients used are dangerous for sensitive skin, and should not be used on the face.
- Laser hair removal is considered a good approach for people looking for a long-term solution. Unfortunately, repeated use of laser hair removal can actually make things worse. Often, the terminal hair-producing follicles affected by the laser are merely damaged, not disabled, and recover after time. The scattershot approach of laser therapy can also inadvertently hit vellus hair follicles. The trauma of laser therapy can turn these vellus hair follicles into terminal hair-producing follicles. This is especially common when used on the back, shoulders, and upper arms. Laser therapy cannot be used on the eyebrows or face, as they are too sensitive.
- Electrolysis is the only hair removal method recognized as permanent by the FDA and American Medical Association. It is similar to laser therapy except that it only targets one follicle at a time, instead of a wide area. This precision means that there are no other follicles activated. Follicles are disabled by a short, sharp blast of heat or electricity. Unlike laser therapy however, electrolysis is suitable for use on the face. It was actually first used to remove ingrowing eyelashes in 1875.
Electrolysis by Alison for Men’s Electrolysis
Electrolysis by Alison is a very accommodating service that treats men all the time. We are comfortable treating shoulders, back, chest, ears, face, and eyebrows, as well as many other areas— ask to see if we can accommodate you!
It’s understandable that you’d have questions about the procedure. Here are a few we are frequently asked.
- Does electrolysis hurt?
The electrolysis process involves a very slender probe being inserted into your follicles and discharging a short, sharp pulse of either heat or electricity. At Electrolysis by Alison, we use heat. The process can be uncomfortable depending on an individual’s tolerance, but this can be managed with use of numbing cream and measures taken in the hours and days before the procedure, such as ibuprofen and avoiding direct sunlight and coffee.
- Does electrolysis have side effects?
Professional electrolysis has some minor side effects. You are likely to experience redness around the treated area for several hours. This is easily managed, however. Use of aloe cream can manage the symptoms, as can application of ice packs. It is important to ensure you receive treatment from a credentialed electrologist and not an amateur.
- How many electrolysis treatments will I need?
Treatment is usually administered in 15 minute increments, up to a maximum of 1 hour. Obviously, smaller areas like ears or eyebrows require less time than areas such as the back or legs. That said, all areas will require multiple sessions. The cycle of body and facial hair growth means it is impossible to treat all follicles in a single session. However, with every session you will notice a decrease in the density of the hair until it is entirely removed.
- How does it stop hair growing?
Every time a hair grows from a follicle, it is doing so because the blood vessels feeding its root provide it with the things it requires to produce new hair. Electrolysis disables the hair growth cells in the follicle, meaning that there will be nothing to take up these nutrients and create new hair growth. Any hair growing from the follicle at the time of treatment will die and fall out of its own accord over the next few days.