When you’re cursed with excessive chest hair, maintaining it can be overwhelming, to say the least. Shaving or waxing might help, but neither offers a permanent solution. If you’re looking into options to help you out with unruly body hair, then it’s likely you’ve taken chest laser hair removal into consideration. As the only permanent solution to thick, irritating chest hair, more and more men are choosing this option to tame their manes. Here’s a look at some things you should know before scheduling your first laser hair removal consultation.
1. Laser hair removal lessens body odor.
Body hair tends to absorb sweat, so one of the benefits of having laser hair removal performed on your chest is that you’ll get rid of some of that nasty body odor. If you like to work out or play sports, this can be an especially noticeable change as your hair might be holding onto more odor than you thought. Even just thinning out the hair can make a big difference if you’re experiencing excessive BO.
2. It will prevent skin irritation.
If you normally shave or wax your chest hair, it can cause quite a bit of irritation. The hair removal process alone can cause razor burn, blisters, burns, and scabs if not done properly. Then, once the hair starts growing back, that’s usually when the itching and redness begins. Since laser hair removal is a permanent solution to unnecessary body hair, you won’t experience irritation like this anymore.
3. Laser hair removal reduces sweat.
Less hair means less sweating, which is a severe problem for many men. Often the easiest solution to excessive perspiration is laser hair removal, as it’s not a serious procedure and doesn’t require you to take medications on a daily basis. It also gives you the option: eliminate body hair from a certain area completely, or just thin it down.
4. It is far less painful than waxing.
If you’ve been waxing your chest hair, then you can certainly handle the slight pinching sensation associated with laser hair removal. Most people compare it to the pinch of a rubber band snap, and that’s without using any of the skin numbing options most laser clinics offer. Even better, once you’ve completed your laser treatments, you’re done for life. You won’t ever have to worry about your chest hair growing back and cramping your style.
5. Bare skin accents muscle tone.
If you enjoy spending time at the gym, then you likely want to show off all of your hard work. A chest full of hair tends to hide definition on the torso, making men look heavier than they are. This is especially true for men who have full and dark chest hair. A bare chest can help to accentuate even the slightest sign of muscles and make your chest appear more toned. Laser hair removal is the best way to achieve this look without having to deal with all of the upkeep of waxing and shaving.
6. The process eliminates ingrown hairs.
For some, having bushy chest hair means that you often have to put up with painful ingrown hairs. These can easily become an issue if you shave or wax regularly, as these types of hair removal methods often break the hairs rather than pull them from the root. This damages them to the point where they grow back sideways, resulting in red and painful ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal damages the hair follicles, permanently preventing the hair from growing back altogether and ultimately eliminating the possibility of developing ingrown hairs.
7. It will require several treatments.
Since your body hair grows in cycles, you’ll require more than one laser treatment in order to ensure complete hair removal. On average, people require 5 to 10 treatments spaced out at least 10 weeks apart. A licensed medical laser technician can better estimate how many laser sessions you’ll need to get the results you’re looking for.
8. You need to avoid the sun before appointments.
While the lasers target hair follicles, your skin pigment is still affected. It’s for this reason that it’s important that your skin is at its most natural tone. Additionally, having a tan or skin burn can be make the experience more painful than it should be and can result in blisters or scabbing. It’s for this reason that you should either keep your chest covered when in the sun, or avoid going outdoors altogether for several weeks before your appointment.
9. You’ll need to shave your chest.
Another part of preparing for laser hair removal is to shave the treated area right before your appointment. Remember, it’s the hair follicles within the layers of the skin that are being targeted by the lasers, so this won’t affect your results. It actually makes it far easier for your licensed laser technician to see the area they’re working on, and ensure they’re targeting the entire chest.
10. You should ensure you’re using the best laser hair removal technology.
There are a variety of lasers out there that are advertised as being suitable for laser hair removal. It’s important to first weed out any low-quality spas, as they’re likely using the same laser for all of the services they offer, which will not deliver the best results. IPL or intense pulse light machines are also offered as an option, however, these are not actual lasers. What you’re looking for is a laser clinic that offers their services using True Lasers, or any class IV FDA approved laser that is designed for permanent hair reduction.
Get an inside look at how laser hair removal is performed in the video below: