More Australians choose laser hair removal
One in four Aussies opts for laser or IPL for permanent laser hair removal. A survey conducted by the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) in Sydney early last year discovered more and more Aussies want to have a smooth, hair-free body. Sydney clinics are gaining worldwide attention for advanced laser hair removal as their specialty.
“Being hair-free no longer appears to be a ‘trend’ but the norm,” says Dr Susan Austin from the CPSA.
It’s seems it’s not just Australians lining up for laser. In the USA in 2011, laser hair removal was the fourth most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment used, especially in Sydney with over 1 million laser hair removal treatments performed. Amongst female patients, popular areas on the body for hair removal include legs, underarms, bikini and an increase in Brazilian treatments.
Manscaping has become increasingly popular over the years as it becomes more and more acceptable to get rid of excess unwanted hair. This in turn has seen a rise in men visiting laser hair clinics, as the permanent hair removal method becomes a viable option for men.
“For men the most popular areas for laser and IPL hair removal are the back, the chest and interestingly, the beard, around the neck and cheeks. We find the key motivation for most men is to look and feel good, as well as a desire to please their partners,” says Dr Austin.
“Another motivation for men is to avoid shaving, not only to save time on grooming but also because shaving can cause skin irritation for some men,” adds Dr Austin.
Hair removal for men
• Removal of back hair has always been popular amongst men, as is the chest, abdomen and face. The ‘bikini’ area is also on the increase with men.
• Men’s hair is thicker and coarser than woman’s hair. This could result in more laser treatments being required to thin out the hair, depending on what part of the body is being treated.
• Usually due to the course think hair, laser can be more painful for men then woman. Feeling like being slapped with a rubber band, areas with more hair and less fat can feel slightly more uncomfortable than other areas.
Although for many who choose laser hair removal, it’s not all just about looks. In a previous survey conducted by the organisation, CPSA reports that permanent hair removal made 63% of those surveyed feel sexier and 60% feel ‘enhanced sexual pleasure’.
A warning from CPSA
CPSA reports seeing a large number of patients get inappropriate treatments by untrained people leaving irreversible damage to the skin. With no regulations in place for who can buy medical grade lasers. “In some cases, inappropriate treatments may result in scarring or other symptoms such as pigment changes which may last weeks, months, or may even be permanent,” Dr Austin states.
“Even more seriously, IPL/laser treatments can change the appearance of melanomas or other skin cancers and delay diagnosis, risking people’s lives. In addition, untrained personnel often do not carry professional indemnity insurance, which gives patients very little protection in the event of adverse outcomes.”
For men and woman it is important to make sure you visit a reputable laser clinic and do your research.
Ask these following questions:
• How long has the business been open and operating?
• Can you find reviews by other customers of the salon/clinic on the Internet?
• What training and qualifications have the technicians got?
• Is there a doctor or nurse on the premises supervising?
• Ask what type of laser they use. It is worth doing your own research around each different type of laser used in laser hair removal.
• Do they have free consultations? This allows you to discuss at length the procedure, the risks, the before and after care and your desired results.
Call us at Eden Laser Clinics Sydney today for a free consultation!