Men rarely see Thomas J. Weida, MD, for medical tests without prodding from a wife or girlfriend. When they do show up, Weida jokes that he “can see the drag marks on the carpet.”
It’s amusing, of course. But it can quickly turn serious when a man ignores important symptoms. Weida says he knows of men who got away with ignoring chest pain for a couple of weeks. Eventually, though, they died of heart attacks.
"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.