I Tried Laser Hair Removal For The First Time
And I discovered something new.
I first heard about Laser Hair Removal yearssss ago. It was right after it had just come out and I remember a few of my thoughts:
Super expensive – I mean I was a teen with no sizable income coming in and had I asked my parents… it would’ve been a quick no and move along.
There were very few laser hair removal centers.
Not enough trial and error had happened for me to consider it – what if it was just going to be a fad? I’m the kind of person who needs to look at statistics and results before considering anything. So back to the razor it was for a couple of years.
Fast forward to 2019.
While I absolutely love and am thankful for the full head of thick and healthy hair I have on my head, it comes with having dark hair in other areas that I’m not so much a fan of.
We’re just going to go ahead and blame it on my Latin genetics.
Side note: Some ladies may love their body hair (and trust me, I would never judge, we should be able to do whatever we want) I, myself have no desire to deal with it so the razor and wax have become my best friends.
But even waxing and shaving doesn’t stop those pesky little hairs from growing back ASAP so I figured it was TIME to start looking into laser hair removal. Part of me relished the thought of zapping away those stubborn hair follicles…but I did have a few concerns.
How does it work? What’s the science behind it?
Would I be at risk for scarring since I have tan skin?
And last but not least, is the pain bearable?
The week I decided to go into Skin Deep Laser MD. I had done some precautionary research into the way laser hair removal works. I understood that pulses of highly concentrated light are emitted from the laser into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and that destroys the hair. You’d repeat again the session after 6 weeks, a couple more times.
I walked into Skin Deep Laser MD not knowing what areas I wanted to target (I mean, was it possible to just say everywhere? Just kidding!), but I figured I would know after my consultation with Dr Laura Riehm. I was greeted enthusiastically at the front desk and after a few minutes of waiting, I walked into a room with Dr. Laura Riehm to further discuss in-depth what laser hair removal was all about.
I had all the questions ready in my head but before I got a chance to ask them she had answered them and more. Just by chatting with her one can easily see she is full of knowledge, experience, is committed to keep people safe and make sure that they are getting serious results! Her friendly approach made me feel super comfortable.
So here are the basics:
Pain Level: It isn’t uncomfortably painful (or at least, it shouldn’t be if done right): It would be less painful than waxing and since ya girl has been waxing for quite a few years…I figured that meant it would be tolerable.
100% Safe: Laser hair removal is safe for ALL skin types IF the correct laser is used and the person doing the treatment is well trained.
Cost-Effective: Skin Deep has the safest, most comfortable, most efficient laser in Fort Worth at the lowest price!
Efficiency: Their laser removes about 95% of hair follicles in about 95% patients in 6 treatments, versus 8-12 for other lasers.
Speed: The laser is much faster than older technology, so most appointments are only 10-15 minutes. It really depends on the area (So for example, legs would take about 30 minutes).
Waxing area: If you can wax it, they can laser it!
There is a doctor in the house. This part I really liked. This is truly a “medical-spa”, with Dr. Laura Riehm on-site, which is unusual for most med-spas.
Alright y’all – now it was time to decide what I would do. I figured I’d start with 2 areas and see how it’d go. The winners?
Underarms and Bikini Area!
I realized that in order to be hairless for Spring Break/Summer 2020 you have to start during fall/winter. Hairs have a growth phase and a resting/falling-out phase which means some of the hairs in the areas you’re getting lasered are not there right now because they are in the rest phase and not every hair will respond to the pulses. Hence the need for multiple sessions, spaced about 6 weeks apart, the typical length of a hair-growth cycle.
Session #1 Recap:
Laser hair treatments are a get-in-get-out kind of appointment. Who doesn’t love those? I slipped into a robe, chatted with the lovely technician as she turned on the machine, configured the settings, and before I knew it she had the laser in hand and asked if I was ready.
I took a deep breath and nodded.
She applied the ultrasound gel (which keeps your skin cool) and we started with the underarms. If I had to describe the sensation…it was like I had a rubber band snapping my skin. Which doesn’t sound too bad but then you have to wrap your head around the idea of it snapping against your skin over and over again. The zap is intense, but by the time you’re zapped again, the last spot doesn’t really hurt anymore (there’s no throbbing). In a couple of minutes, my underarms were done! I didn’t feel any residual pain if I’m being honest.
Now the real fun was about to begin – while I’d like to think I have some pain tolerance I also knew my bikini area was going to be sensitive no matter what. The technician could sense me getting anxious and started talking to me like we were just two girlfriends catching up and even made me laugh a couple of times – once relaxed she asked if it was okay to proceed. Not going to lie, it still hurt, but it wasn’t to the point that it felt excruciating (side note to my readers: it should NEVER feel like that. If it is burning you, something is being done wrong). After a few minutes and deep breaths, we were done! She told me that each session should go by faster and become less painful so I’m definitely looking forward to that!
Overall Session 1 was a success! I didn’t feel any discomfort in the days after. My next appointment is in 6 weeks and I’ll be providing an update at the end of laser journey through my Instagram Highlights!