Are you embarrassed by a hairy back? Our specialists at Laser Bar and Spa understand that back hair can be both bothersome aesthetically as well as physically irritating. That’s why we proudly offer back and chest laser hair removal at our spa, located in Midtown Manhattan’s Herald Square in New York City, New York.
If you’re bothered by a hairy back, here’s what you need to know.
Hairy back? You’re not alone
Some men naturally have hairy backs. If you’re more sensitive to the male hormone testosterone, you might see more body hair 一 and that includes on your back. Having a hairy back isn’t just a problem for males, though. Some women may also struggle with excess hair on their backs. Hormonal imbalances and side effects of medication can contribute to back hair in women.
Regardless, if you’re bothered by back hair, you’re not stuck with it. Laser hair removal is effective in removing back hair in both men and women, but it does take a little preparation on your part to make sure you’re ready for your laser sessions.
How to prepare for laser therapy
When you’re considering laser hair removal, it’s important to plan ahead for the best results. Because laser therapy halts hair growth by targeting light energy directly onto your hair follicle, you should avoid anything that removes your follicle 一 such as waxing your back 一 prior to your session.
Before your session
In the 2-3 weeks before your laser therapy session, you can prepare your back by:
- Refraining from waxing
- Refraining from self-tanning lotions
- Avoiding excessive UV exposure, including tanning beds
- Avoiding any photosensitive medications or creams
- Applying SPF when venturing outside (although you probably don’t have to need to apply SPF to your back in January in New York, you should take this into consideration if you’re headed to a tropical destination for a winter getaway)
Not sure if your medications or creams cause photosensitivity? Bring a list of your current medications to your laser therapy consultation, and if you have any concerns about your specific preparations, don’t hesitate to ask.
Tip: Never stop or adjust medications unless directed to do so by your provider.
24 hours before your appointment
Although you can’t wax before laser hair removal, you should shave the treatment area (with a fresh razor). Shaving enables the laser to better detect the hair follicle without singeing the hair itself.
On the day of your appointment
On the day of your laser therapy treatment, don’t apply any lotions or creams to your back. This includes in-shower lotions that may leave a residue on your back.
Beach bodies are made in winter
Believe it or not, a beach-ready back starts today. Because laser energy only affects follicles that are in their growing phase, you'll have a few sessions — anywhere from 4-6 treatments — spaced a few weeks apart to ensure that all hair follicles are treated. In other words, embarking on your laser therapy in the middle of winter means having a beach-ready back in June.
Say goodbye to bothersome back hair. To get started with laser therapy, contact us to schedule a consultation today.