According to the ASPS, a staggering 1 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men in 2014, accounting for roughly 11% of all cosmetic procedures performed. While all manner of procedures and treatments exist for men to improve their health and self-image, there’s one cosmetic procedure that more men engage in than any other, on a wide variety of levels:
noun man·scap·ing \ˈman-ˌskā-piŋ\
the strategic removal of a man’s body hair so as to enhance his appearance
Whether to improve their confidence, appeal more to a partner, for improved hygiene, or simply because they prefer the look and feel, hair removal for men has definitely become more popular in recent years. Heck, I’d be lying if I said that a nice smooth fella didn’t do anything for me – and there’s definitely something to the old adage ‘the shorter the grass, the taller the tree’!
Some men will remove hair purely as an aesthetic choice, while many men find they have to do it out of necessity. According to a 2016 study, 36% of men reported being unhappy with their body hair, finding the amount excessive.
The study showed men were more likely to be unhappy with hair on specific areas:
- Pubic area
Much like women, men have traditionally turned to inefficient and painful short-term methods of hair removal like shaving and waxing. Advancements in recent decades like electrolysis have meant longer lasting results, but the procedures were still painful for patients. Tiny needles jabbing into your hair follicles and zapping them isn’t fun for anyone, no matter how much of a tough guy you are.
Laser to the Rescue
Today, the most common hair removal option is laser treatment. Rather than removing the hair follicle, laser treatment targets the area with heat, stopping the follicle from growing back. The process is not always permanent, but laser therapy can cover a much larger area than other treatments, and is considerably less painful.
One of the latest and most advanced laser options available to men for hair removal is the PrimeLase Hair Removal system by Cryomed. One of the fastest treatments available, PrimeLase is suitable for all skin types, putting it ahead of other treatments. It also boasts a much higher permanent success rate than other laser treatments.
Primelase advanced wavelength manipulation means that practitioners are able to tailor the treatment specifically to their patients skin type and hair density.
Treatments typically take between five and thirty minutes, with desired results achieved after 4-6 sessions.
Good news for men is that laser treatment is particularly effective for removing or reducing hair on the back, chest, stomach, shoulder, and pubic areas.
Whether you decide to try traditional shaving and waxing or want to go with a more advanced solution like the Primelase Hair Removal system, manscaping might not be for all men, but with the increased confidence and improved hygiene that can come from a new grooming regime, there really is nothing to lose and everything to gain from giving it a go.
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