Facial, chest and back hair may have been popular in the 70s, but today, more guys are opting for laser hair removal to achieve a cleaner look, The New Age reports.

Celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Taye Diggs and Usher have embraced the look, and millions of American men are following suit. Hair removal may be a personal preference or a necessity, since some athletes – such as swimmers and runners – may find that excess hair interferes with their fitness regimen.

Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, for example, prefers his legs to be bare since having hair can result in greater tearing or abrasions during a fall, according to the news source.

Last year, laser hair removal was one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures among teenagers, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

“Laser hair removal is a long-lasting solution to removing hair for both men and women, and has been popular with women for many years,” explained expert Shami Thomas. “Regular shaving, plucking and expensive waxing can be a pain. It’s fantastic to see [more men] coming in seeking a permanent solution.”

Medical Director at Reflections Center

Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.

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