Let’s get personal for a second… I have shaved, trimmed, and waxed my hair for photoshoots and sports competitions in the past. It was horrible! The pain from waxing was unbearable—especially if you buy an at-home kit. Now, being a guy, I have never shared this but over the years I have heard a lot more guys talk about shaving their chest and there is no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed for admitting that. I feel like we owe it to our significant others to groom ourselves in a respectable way.
My amazing wife, Roza, surprised me with an unusual Christmas gift. Laser hair removal with Milan Laser. I always thought laser hair removal was just a luxury, mostly for women, but these days, men are getting in on the action as well. To say I was nervous or skeptical would be an understatement, which is why I feel it is worth taking the time to share my experience with all of you.
My first question was how does laser hair removal work?
Science jargon aside, the laser’s light is absorbed by the pigment in your hair; that light is converted into heat, that damages the root of the hair and prevents future hair growth from what I understood.
My next question was how can laser hair removal help me and people who work out a lot?
I tend to sweat A LOT. When the sweat is combined with tight workout clothes and working out for long periods at a time, a lot of body hair can lead to chafing, irritation, and sometimes, even more serious skin conditions. Laser hair removal makes the skin smooth and less prone to irritation. It also makes putting on compression tights, foam rolling, and massages easier and pain-free, since the hairs won’t get caught or tugged.
As a man there can be a stigma for laser hair removal so how common is it for guys to get this done?
According to info I’ve read, about 40 percent of laser hair clients are men. Men can have a lot of body hair and it really helps them relieve irritation, reduce bushiness and any itchiness that can be intensified by hair, especially in the summer months.
In the past when I shaved/waxed, I experienced ingrown hairs so that was a major concern for me. I wanted to know if I would have to deal with that after laser.
I found out that laser treatment is one of the best ways to treat a condition called folliculitis, which is inflamed red bumps around hair follicles often caused by shaving. Essentially, they’re ingrown hairs that grow in all sorts of directions, which can leave scars. It has been proven that after two sessions the ingrown hairs can disappear, and the skin comes back to its natural condition.
My next question was how much does laser hair removal hurt?
With the technology of new lasers, it doesn’t hurt that much. I was told it’ll depend on my pain tolerance, but for the most part, it’ll feel like a rubber band snap. Milan uses the best laser on the market because of its uniform beam profile. While it’s less painful, it also has a very big spot size and delivers permanent results. No matter what, I know it will hurt way less than waxing because I won’t have the ripping or skin damage that waxing causes.
How many treatments do I need on the area I am focusing on?
My chest will need seven to 10 treatments spaced roughly five weeks apart to see permanent results. According to Roza, some people require more treatments or less. I’m planning on somewhere between 6 and 8. The amazing thing about Milan is you get a lifetime guarantee with the Unlimited Package, so you get as many treatments as you need to be hair-free for one price.
After being satisfied with all the answers in my consultation, I signed up for my first treatment, and I can’t wait to share that experience with you on my next write-up. If you are a guy who has any discomfort from hair or doesn’t like the way it looks, check out Milan. With over 160 locations, you can find it all over the US. And for all the women out there, I hope you are taking care of your man as well as Roza takes care of me.