“It’s so much more comfortable, and I look bigger and better”
April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re catching it by the bullets. Every day throughout the month, we’ll be posting a new story aimed at getting men to better consider – and cherish – their heirlooms in the hopes of helping to prevent a diagnosis that, if detected early enough, will not should not prove fatal. Read all here.
“I never liked the hairs on my dick,” says Jared, a 36-year-old operations manager in New York City. And so, when he found out he could eliminate his pubis forever, he called a few different places to see if they could help him. It was in 2017, two years before the New York Post published the first trending article on how more men were using laser hair removal on their lower regions. The tabloid called the burgeoning practice “the male Brazilian — or cheekily called the ‘brozilian’ or the ‘mankini’ — and the treatment area includes the base of the penis, shaft, testicles and perianal region, namely to crack the buttocks.
“It was awkward, for sure,” Jared says of his brozilian. “There was a young lady doing laser work, and she made me lie down, completely naked except for a towel around my upper body, who, what’s the point? Then she put it all in there. She did this first by asking him to reach behind and open her buttocks. After that it was on “strange and very exposed positions”.
The procedure itself uses a focused beam of light which is absorbed by the pubic hair pigment. The light energy is converted into heat, which damages the tube-like sacs in the hair follicles, preventing – or at the very least delaying – future hair growth.
Jared explains that he was always a very hairy “down” guy, which was “ridiculously uncomfortable” and “unsanitary”. The first statement may be true, but science begs to differ from the second. “Pubic hair acts as a protective buffer, reducing friction during sex and other activities,” by Health line. Not to mention that the pubis traps dirt, debris, and potentially harmful microorganisms.
As is the case with most guys who opt for laser hair removal, it took five sessions over a 10 month period to get rid of what Jared says is the majority of his pubic hair. “I left my bush, but I removed the hair from my penis, I got rid of the hair on my scrotum and near my asshole,” he says. “It’s so much more comfortable, and I look taller and better. There are still some trailing hairs, but they’re not even thick or dark.
For Mark, a 27-year-old software engineer whose first treatment was in early 2017, it took “about 10 to 12 treatments with a follow-up appointment every eight months or so thereafter,” he says. . “Each session lasts about 15-20 minutes in total.” His only regret is that he didn’t do it sooner. “I did it because my partner preferred not having pubic hair and shaving my balls was getting boring – regrowth, stubble and constant upkeep,” he explains. “Laser hair removal seemed like a more efficient way to keep things neat and tidy.”
As for the pain, Mark compares the sensation to tiny pinpricks. “It hurts a little, but the pain only lasts a second or two,” he tells me. “Each subsequent visit will hurt less because thick hair hurts the most and it’s the first to go. It’s a manageable pain, to say the least. Afterwards, your skin may also seem a little rough for a few hours. “But after a day or two the pain goes away,” continues Mark.
Jared, who also lasered the hair on his back, reiterates what the nurse who zapped his pubis told him: The pain is relative to the number of nerve endings. “The middle of my back was really hurting,” he says. “My shoulders – not so much. My scrotum – essentially painless.
In fact, the biggest issue might be the cost. In 2017, Mark paid $150 per treatment, which Angel Skin, a hair removal center, says is about the same as today. “For a session, it’s $155,” an employee tells me. “For three sessions it’s $418, and for six sessions it’s $790.”
But according to Jared, you can’t put a price on trust. Or as he puts it: “Yesterday my girlfriend gave me a blowjob. She even sucked my balls, which she didn’t like because I was hairy or prickly. I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want to put a cactus in my mouth either.