Picking, tweezing, plucking, and waxing are no longer the domain of just women. Men are taking more care in their appearance than they did a generation ago, and that means keeping an all-over, clean, hair-free look.

Theories abound as to why “manscaping” has become so mainstream, but one possible reason is that men are now working in more comfortable, white collar, indoor jobs in numbers they hadn’t previously. These men are client-facing, out there in the world, and they want to look and feel their best.

Physical fitness plays a role, too. More men are seeking fitness in the gym. The appearance of being “cut” is easier to achieve if all the hard work isn’t hidden by unwanted arm or abdominal hair.

Men have higher testosterone levels than women, increasing body hair. It also means existing body hair is tougher to eliminate. A¬†little chest or facial hair may be nothing to ruin a man’s image of himself. And while many ladies find a little hair on a man attractive, excessive growth on the back, buttocks, neck and arms can shake self-confidence and lead to body image issues.

Over time, shaving becomes a chore, and can cause irritation. Small areas like eyebrows and underarms can be waxed regularly without much hassle. Larger areas like the back, or delicate areas like the genital region, should have hair removed permanently with a laser.

Even if a man doesn’t want the baby-smooth look of hairlessness, laser hair removal treatments are ideal for merely thinning growth for a more natural appearance, as well as for total and permanent removal.

When searching for laser hair removal Houston has plastic surgeons who can bring order to out-of-control hair growth.

In the past, lasers worked best on dark hair against light skin, but there are new lasers on the market that can treat darker skin tones and African Americans, as well. Lighter-colored hair is unsuitable for laser treatment, but thankfully it also tends to be thinner and sparser.

There is very little discomfort with this form of hair removal. The light beam targets the melanin – the color pigment – of the hair follicle, stopping growth. The skin around the hair will tingle, and may be sensitive to sunlight or perfumed moisturizers for a few days after treatment, but there is no harm or pain.

On average it takes 4-10 treatments for hair to stop growing altogether. Each individual hair grows at its own rate, and a single treatment won’t hit the hairs that are growing below the skin’s surface. The denser the hair growth, the more individual hairs, and the more treatments it will take.

Prospective patients can receive a consultation from a laser hair removal Houston specialist, who will answer questions based on their individual hair growth. The specialist will be able to determine how many treatments will be required to achieve the results the patient is seeking, as well as walk them through the pre- and post-treatment skin care regime.

Dr. Patt provides laser hair removal services and would be happy to answer your questions. Contact our office today!