Laser Hair Removal is Key to Sleek Athletic Look

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With images of smooth-skinned Olympic athletes filling TV screens this summer, more men and women are turning to laser hair removal in Los Angeles for stubble-free summer skin, says Dr. Grant Stevens, medical director of The Stevens Institute.

Dr. Grant Stevens says he has seen a recent surge in laser hair removal among Los Angeles men and women. The Southern California plastic surgeon, whose locale allows him to keep abreast of the most current trends in cosmetic body enhancement, sees a striking correlation between the Summer Olympics and his patients’ desire to be hair-free.

“I would be surprised if there weren’t a regular statistical upswing in laser hair removal during each year in which a Summer Olympics takes place,” says the surgeon, who specializes in procedures ranging from body contouring to BOTOX® in Los Angeles. “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.”

Male and female athletes in sports such as swimming, cycling and track-and-field tend to remove hair from their arms, legs and torsos to shave precious milliseconds off their finish times. While some choose to shave daily, laser hair removal can be a much more convenient alternative. Of course, the viewing public, which is more likely to remove body hair for appearance than for improved athletic performance, also has laser hair removal as an option.

“The athletic look is extremely popular among my patients, and throughout Los Angeles as a whole,” Dr. Stevens says. “With our weather and our beach culture, looking healthy takes on a higher level of importance than you see in other locales.”

Laser hair removal is especially popular among men; the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ranked it as the second most common cosmetic procedure among American males in 2011. The top procedure among men that year was BOTOX. Los Angeles men and women often combine these procedures to achieve a healthy, youthful look.

The Stevens Institute is a medical spa affiliated with Marina Plastic Surgery, where Dr. Stevens is medical director. Dr. Stevens started The Stevens Institute with the goal of providing quality skin care to patients both before and after surgery.


Dr. Grant Stevens is medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery ( in Marina del Rey, California. He is a diplomate of The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a fellow of The American College of Surgeons and The International College of Surgeons. Dr. Stevens is director of the USC Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and Aesthetic Surgery Division, on the editorial board of Aesthetic Surgery Journal and on the board of directors of The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. An international traveling professor, Dr. Stevens was recognized by his peers as one of America's Best Physicians in The Guide to Top Doctors.

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