The upcoming Olympic Games could lead to an increase in the
number of men and women looking to undergo laser hair removal.
Dr Grant Stevens, medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery
in Marina del Rey, California, explained people are sometimes inspired by the
athletes they watch on TV when such a large sporting event takes place.
“Patients often comment on how watching athletes with
smooth, shiny bodies makes them not only want to get into shape but also want
to get rid of unwanted body hair,” he stated.
Dr Stevens claimed he would not be surprised if statistics
showed a spike in the number of people having laser
hair removal treatments during the years in which the Olympic Games take
The procedure was the second most common cosmetic treatment
undergone by men after Botox in 2011, figures from the American Society of
Plastic Surgeons showed.
Athletes who compete in sports such as cycling and swimming
often remove the hair from their arms, legs and torsos in a bid to reduce their
finish times - even if it is only by a few milliseconds - as this could make
all the difference between a gold or silver medal.
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