Laser Back Hair Removal For Men: Is It Better Than Waxing? Better Than Electrolysis?

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man-hairy-back-by-SFBart.jpg It’s said that there is only a 0.1-1.2% difference between the DNA of a man compared to the DNA of a chimpanzee.

Unfortunately for some men, this evolutionary similarity has resulted in their backs (and other body parts) being covered with thick, coarse hair.

In some instances, back hair can be not only unsightly and uncomfortable, but it can also present health problems. Beyond causing itching and skin irritation, body odor can be an issue, as can infection from ingrown hairs.

Laser back hair removal is an FDA-approved method of safe hair removal that is a more permanent solution than the use of hair removal creams, waxing, electrolysis, and shaving.

TIP: It’s been found that laser treatments are most effective with those who have dark hair and light skin.

How Much Does Laser Back Hair Removal Cost?

The cost of laser hair removal varies, depending on a number of factors. For example, the density and thickness of the hair to be removed is one factor.

Clinics may have their billing structure set up in 15-minute segments or they may have a flat rate fee per session.

Some clinics charge per pulse of the laser which, in turn, is treating an area about the size of a dime.

In general, you can expect to pay somewhere between $600 and $900 per treatment for a back hair laser session, depending on what region of the country you’re in.

What Are Laser Back Hair Removal Treatments Like?

During a laser hair removal session you may be required to wear goggles to protect your eyes from the light of the laser.

The laser will produce a slight burning sensation that is said to feel like the snap of a rubber band against the skin when the laser pulses.  Your laser technician may apply a cooling anesthetic cream to reduce the stinging sensation, though most people can tolerate the procedure without it.

There may be some odor as the singeing of hair produces a pungent smell.

This video shows a laser back hair removal session being done on a man. It almost looks relaxing, more like a massage.


Other Ways To Remove Back Hair

The following video shows a man having his back hair removed by waxing. Overall, it looks pretty uncomfortable. More importantly, it does nothing to stop further growth of hair. Therefore, waxing is a process that would need to be repeated on a regular basis.


Even electrolysis for back hair removal can’t match the laser when it comes to eliminating unwanted hair permanently. With electrolysis, each hair follicle is treated individually. It’s a time-consuming and painful process.

Laser Back Hair Removal For Men

If you’re looking for a way to have your back hair removed permanently, back laser hair removal is definitely worth considering. It has been around for about 20 years now, and it’s a proven safe way to take care of unwanted hair on various areas of a man’s body.

With laser hair removal, you can treat a man’s entire back in 5 sessions, on average — with each treatment providing measurable results.

Most often, the only side effect experienced is a sunburn-like redness or rash that will pass in a day or so. On rare occasions, a permanent discoloring or spotting can develop. (Be sure to follow all directions as to the use of creams and ointments after your treatment to eliminate any unwanted side-effects.)

When choosing your clinic, always consider that their equipment should be sterile and facility should be clean and orderly. If possible, visit at least 2 different clinics, then choose the best one.