It seems ironic that when it comes to hair some men are trying to get more of it while others wish it would go away. In terms of laser hair removal, most men are looking to get rid of hair located on the back, chest, buttocks, and face including the eyebrows, and inside the ears and nose. Some men have laser hair removal done to prevent the formation of razor bumps. Unwanted hair on the neck area can cause an inflammation of the hair follicles known as folliculitis or shaving bumps. This is more common with men who have dark complexions.

Other techniques of hair removal include plucking, waxing, bleaching, shaving, and electrolysis. When hair removal lasers were invented in the 1990s they were not too powerful and usually resulted in only temporary hair removal. Hair removal lasers on the market today are much more powerful and kill the hair permanently so it doesn't grow back. The newer lasers used by doctors today split light into one precise color. When the laser light passes through substances that are not the correct color it vaporizes it. The hair simply acts as a fuse that leads all the way down to the hair follicle.

It's important to take into consideration that at any one given time only a portion of the hair is growing. Other hairs are resting. Laser hair removal will only eliminate the hairs that are actively growing at the time of treatment. It will only kill those follicles that have actively growing hairs. Therefore, more than one treatment will be necessary. Each laser treatment will kill between 20 and 40% of the hair follicles. Because of the dangers associated with burns, it can take a dozen or more treatments to completely remove unwanted hair on people that are tan or have dark skin.

While the lasers available today are very effective at killing black and dark brown hair they still have a hard time with light brown hair. Currently there are no lasers available that will permanently kill blond or white hair. If you have light hair that you want removed you may want to consider electrolysis. Electrolysis uses a technique similar to laser hair removal but does not kill hair permanently. Instead, electrolysis will stun the follicle and prevent hair growth for a few weeks.

The back is a common target for male laser hair removal. Since hair on the back is often very dense and many men with hair on their back have dark complexions it can often take several sessions to see results. Most clinics recommend waiting four to six weeks between each session. The cost for laser hair removal for men varies depending on the location and the amount of hair that needs to be removed. The national average seems to run around $350 for each session. Areas around the face will probably run on the low end of the scale while treating the entire chest or back may cost about $2,000 per session.