Give it up, Ponce de León — there are no magical fountains of youth out
there, no miraculous ways to achieve a longer life. But while medical experts
caution against hormone supplements, vitamin overdoses, anti-aging pills,
extreme diets, and other dubious life extension tricks, there are some sound
ways for men to increase their chances for a long and healthy life. Much of the
advice is obvious: Don’t smoke, eat wisely, drink moderately, exercise
regularly, and get annual medical check-ups...
"Most men don't necessarily want it all removed, but increasingly they
do want it thinned out, on their back and chest, for example," says
dermatologist David Goldberg, MD, who regularly performs laser hair removal on
Hair waxing specialist Michelle Serniuk says men seeking hair removal now
make up a good portion of her clientele.
"We get a lot of men who want waxing on their eyebrows - they want to
take away that unibrow look and they want a shaping -- plus they want the area
around their ears or the back of the neck cleaned up as well," says
Serniuk, a waxing specialist at Beyond Day Spa at the Hackensack University
At the same time, various media reports suggest that many men are now opting
for that longtime staple of female grooming - the bikini wax.
"We have definitely had men requesting this," says Serniuk.
But unlike women, for whom hair removal is second nature by junior high
school, men often find themselves at a loss for how to deal with excess body
For those men, here's the lowdown on the most common hair removal options
What It Does: Using laser light energy to penetrate the
hair shaft, it actually kills the hair root. This doesn't kill the
follicle (the place where hair growth starts). So technically, another hair can
grow in its place, but it's difficult. That means results of laser hair removal
last a fairly long time.
How Long It Takes: Roughly 30 minutes per treatment, up
to eight treatments needed.
Best For: Removing or reducing hair on back, chest, stomach,
shoulders, and genital area. Works best on light skin with dark hair; not
suitable for blond or white hair. Black skin responds well to only one
type of laser, the Nd: YAG.
Cost: $400-500 per treatment.
Lasting Result: After all laser hair removal treatments
are completed, results could be almost permanent, with touch-up treatments
annually or biannually to maintain results.
Expert Comments: "Most men utilize laser hair
removal for the back, upper arms, and chest and most want it thinned out, not
removed -- something which lasers can easily accomplish," says Goldberg. In
fact, other than electrolysis, laser hair removal is the only hair removal
treatment that allows for thinning, rather than complete removal. While the
average man needs five to seven sessions, as men age, more hair grows,
especially on their backs, says Goldberg. As such, touch-up laser hair removal
treatments are usually needed on average once a year.