Behind the Screen: Laser Hair Removal

I received a groupon promotion late last year for laser hair removal and thought I would give it a try.

Maybe this is a TMI (too much information  post, but I always wondered if that stuff worked, and the price was cheap enough to give it a try.

What I purchased was a 4 session program for what is called a “small” area.

Now, I figured it was best to buy that one and test it out because I’ve heard that some people get burned or have skin discoloration.

When I got to the medical spa, as they like to refer to it, I was given a stack of papers to read through and sign.

that’s what I started getting nervous.

It basically lists all the possible things that can go wrong and tells you that they are not responsible for anything that happens.

For some reason I felt like I was going into a surgical procedure and felt a little panicky.

When I went into the room with the technician I told her I was freaking out.

“Is this going to hurt, is there anything you can put on the skin first to numb the area?”

She looked at me like she heard this a million times.

“It depends on your skin type and pain threshold, everyone is different. But you really shouldn’t feel anything.”

I decided to give my armpits a try, because it’s an inconspicuous area that most people are not going to get a look at. If it does get burned, well no big deal… I guess.

laser hair removal machine

Above: The machine looked something like this.

She started the machine up and I remember tensing my entire body. I was waiting for a huge zap.

The technician pushed the wand into my skin and I didn’t feel anything, just her pushing a piece of plastic into my armpit.

“How are you doing?” She asked me. She was peering through a huge magnifying glass.

“Oh you did it already?” I asked.

“Yes, see you don’t feel anything. I will turn up the power.”

After she turned up the level I still didn’t feel anything, but I’m kind of assuming she didn’t make it too strong. I could be wrong though.

She said once I come in a few more times I’ll start to see major results and get used to the feeling.

So far I don’t notice anything. But again I’ve only gone once.

I have to go back every 4-5 weeks or so and they recommend a total of 8 or 9 sessions to get optimal results.

Since this is just the beginning of my journey, I’ll let you know after I go again.

If this does work for me, I will be so grateful. There is nothing worse than having to constantly battle hair removal.

Have any of you tried this? What do you think?

This article has 2 comments

  1. roojy

    If ur not feeling anything then the lazer they are using is not really doing anything u really a have to do ur research on these things and read reviews about results other ppl have gotten form that place. I also bought a groupon deal and when i went in i knew it would hurt and it did hurt ALOT but i saw results after the first treatment. You can get numbing cream my pain tolerance is pretty high so i only use in super sensitive areas like upper lip and forehead.(buy is online much cheaper) they offred a prescription one that was around $60 i bought one online for $10 and it works. After several treatments i decided to do other areas. Being arab i have plenty and stubborn hair even after 10 treatments the hair isnt completely gone but its about 95% gone and not half the hassle to deal with. Also the thicker and darker hair like in the armpits will go faster because its easier for the machine to zaps them whereas facial hair is much finer and usslay lighter color will take more time.
    I would recommend doing more research next time also u can bargin with the manager and most times they can give u a better deal than what they originally offer and last piece of advice find a place with a warranty i think more of the higher end places offer this. I purchased a deal that included 6 treatments but after that if the hair is not gone they offer me free treatments till the hair is completely gone.

  2. Zeynub

    I’m super wary of stuff like this ever since I tried an epilator. WORST experience of my life. What I’ve found that works is after waxing, apply ither (oil based perfume), and everyday for three days after waxing do the same. It takes about 5 times to see progress. It’s basically following sunnah.

    Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 6 :: Hadith 311

    Narrated ‘Aisha:

    A woman asked the Prophet about the bath which is take after finishing from the menses. The Prophet told her what to do and said, “Purify yourself with a piece of cloth scented with musk.” The woman asked, “How shall I purify myself with it” He said, “Subhan Allah! Purify yourself (with it).” I pulled her to myself and said, “Rub the place soiled with blood with it.”

    Hope that helps!

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