Laser Hair Removal for the Face: Too Surreal

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    Apr 30, 2007 3:05 AM GMT
    I was wondering if any one out there has had hair removal done on their face. I've been cautious because of some of side effects. Is there anyone out there who's had it done?

    My facial hair is so coarse and thick, five O' clock shadow by 2pm, and I want to reduce the dark appearance.
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    Apr 30, 2007 3:59 AM GMT
    i have not had it, but i think stuble is way hot. if you have back hair: remove it. but i find a man with a hary chest and a good amount of stuble to be extremely sexy (please refer to hugh jackman as wolverine in x-men as the hottest man ever)
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    Apr 30, 2007 11:21 AM GMT
    Yes, I've had it done, and it's well worth it. There's numbing cream available for pain, and when I was treated with numbing cream, I couldn't even feel the laser on my neck. My skin is completely different now. I also used to have the 5 o'clock shadow at 1 or 2, but not anymore! Don't think about it anymore, just get it done. Make sure you go somewhere where a MD or Nurse Practicioner is doing the treatment.
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    Apr 30, 2007 11:48 PM GMT
    I had it done and it was a freaky experience because it doesn't remove evenly. If you're willing to have patches during the process, then go for it. It was actually really traumatic for me. Luckily, everything ended up fine. You will literally have hair "holes" i.e. bald spots during the process, especially if you are coarse.
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    May 12, 2007 2:42 PM GMT
    I can imagine worrying about a 5 o'clock shadow at 2 o'clock. It is obvious to everyone that you have a heavy beard. Personally, I think beard shadows are hot. And that comment that the treatment results in a blotchy appearance would be enough to scare me away from the treatment. I say leave your beard alone.
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    May 12, 2007 7:18 PM GMT
    I gotta agree with Scally on this one, I cannot imagine a real man without his beard or chest hair or back hair or hair wherever the hell it grows on his body. Quit with the self loathing and all its side effects and just love your body, my friends.

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    May 12, 2007 7:21 PM GMT
    I'm with SCALLY on this one too.

    Why in the WORLD ?!!!
  • imaxim

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    May 12, 2007 8:10 PM GMT
    It's really disappointing to see people react so negatively to someone asking for others' experiences. There are plenty of reasons why one might wish to be clean-shaven; the fact that you like facial hair on yourself or others doesn't make someone else less of a "real man" or more of a "fag" than you are.

    It's most likely for professional reasons anyhow, and can you really blame him for wanting some other option besides being hairy or shaving twice every single day?
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    May 12, 2007 9:23 PM GMT
    Sorry for my opinionated remarks. Truth is, I am hairy. I used to swim and I used to model. I've had to shave it off and live for long periods feeling like an emasculated porcupine. I have a very strong visceral reaction to hairless mammals. I'm sorry for inadvertantly unloading some of my baggage onto the guys who like to shave.
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    May 12, 2007 10:44 PM GMT
    OK. I think duality is a great thing.
    Rough and stubbly one day, clean as a whistle the next.

    Embrace what you have.

    Shaving twice a day is too much. You are damaging your skin that way, but yah - to each his own; no doubt. Just , uhhh - focus on the positive and love yourself for who you are.

    Opinions are only opinions. One of the great lessons in life is not taking things personally, guys. It ALL comes from WITHIN.

    If you open a forum topic, you are going to get all sides. That is what makes it a fun. Not everyone need agree with me or you or who-ever.

    To each his own.
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    May 12, 2007 11:33 PM GMT
    Imaxim, you do have a good point about the use of the word "FAG"- I overlooked that one. Yah, on that note there is a negative ring, and we all should be on the look out for that kind of stuff.

    peace.

    xx
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    May 13, 2007 1:47 PM GMT
    I also agree with imaxim.

    As for, "Quit with the self loathing and all its side effects and just love your body, my friends", how is the battle against hirsuteness any more self loathing than the battle against muscular scrawniness? IMO, bodybuilding and shaving are simply two different forms of body modification in pursuit of a different personal aesthetic.
  • mcwclewis

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    May 28, 2007 2:19 AM GMT
    yeah... To the OP, I personally wouldn't suggest it. I agree with those who said that stubble is sexy... it is. I would suggest trying some lotions out. A lot of lotions made with soy milk will keep hair from growing back as fast. Im not sure of the science behind it but it's worked for me.


    Scally, nothing offends me more than a fellow gay man using the word fag... even if it's spelled wrong. You seem to have some serious issues with self-acceptance... your attempts at being masculine are shadowed by your insecurity.
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    Aug 03, 2007 1:42 PM GMT
    i was wondering how many of you guys manage to remove the hair so well off your upper bodies ?? ive tried shaving but get a bad shaving rash, ive also tried a hair removal cream called "veet" it works a bit but not good enough ,so now ive had to let my hair grow which i really dislike. any tips guys ??.............
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 03, 2007 2:38 PM GMT
    I don't think there's much secret about shaving. Take a warm shower and your pores relax. Use shaving cream. Pull the razor opposite to the direction of hair growth for a couple of inches, then rinse it off to dislodge the hair that adheres to it. Go for just a single pass across each section to reduce the chance of ingrown hairs. If you're shaving your chest, only do so ever few days, and do so with a fresh blade (or a freshly sharpened one if you use the scary straight razors

    I actually find shaving my chest easier than my face--fewer angles to deal with and all that.
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    Aug 03, 2007 2:51 PM GMT
    yeh , ive tried that way a few times but sometimes it makes me rash so bad that i just cant shave again ??
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    Oct 28, 2007 6:15 PM GMT
    I am considering having Laser hair removal on my face and have discovered one of the setbacks is patchy spots. I was curious if it was possible to 'thin out' the beard area. I would prefer to shave once or twice a week rather than twice a day. Also,thinned out facial hair can be hot.I have way too much hair on my neck and thats mostly where I want it thinned. But the patchy spots are what discourages me. I knwo there are so many different machines now that play different purposes. Anyone know if this can be done? Thanks!
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    Oct 28, 2007 6:26 PM GMT
    anybody try bleaching? anyway i too have thought to have electrolysis done on myself. my entire body that is. i don't really conform to be either masculine or feminine because that is simply dumb. both sexes are equal. men simply can't give birth or breast feed and most women can't pee standing up.




















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    Oct 28, 2007 6:32 PM GMT
    scally: ever occur to you that being attracted to facial hair is the thing that's "really gay." In fact, more-or-less by definition....



    Keep the name-calling to yourself.
  • Timbales

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    Oct 28, 2007 6:49 PM GMT
    I know a woman who is a laser hair removal tech and she had a straight male native American client she did. Apparently it's a cultural thing to be relatively smooth and hairless.

    If you are looking to have your facial hair be less dense, ask a dermatologist about creams used by women with facial hair.
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    Oct 28, 2007 7:08 PM GMT
    Electrolysis is something I had considered. This I thought might be the only way to avoid the paty spots. I heard its VERY time consuming.I don;t want to be doing this 3 or 4 years from now. Laser hair removal could take maybe 3 or 4 treatments.So, I would go with this before electrolysis anyday.