Post # 1
I’ll go ahead and say it. I’m not embarrassed. Ok, I’m embarrassed, but I’m counting on not having to be embarrassed for too much longer 😛
I have some kind of a hormone imbalance PLUS naturally dark hair, and let me tell you those 2 things are NOT a good combination 🙁
Anyways, I had it done on my face, and it didn’t hurt NEARLY as bad as I expected it too. My skin isn’t red any longer and I can’t even feel it anymore, and it was only about 4 hours ago. It actually stopped stinging within 20 minutes (after she put the hydrocortisone cream on it) and I’m really looking forward to my next appointment!
I have to have 5 more treatments, and then only maintenance treatments after that, but hey, maintenance once every several weeks is NOTHING compared to waxing/bleaching/tweezing on a regular basis.
I just wanted to share my experience with you all. It didn’t hurt much at all, the worst thing about it was the smell of burning hair. Ew.
Post # 3
very cool. If you don’t mind me asking is it expsensive? I keep hearing about the lazer hair removal and it sounds great! I am just super curious about the cost!
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Maintenance is every few weeks? I thought it was permanent! 🙁 Damn.
Post # 5
I’m really glad you posted this! I have my first appointment next week and I don’t know what to expect. I’m most curious about what the areas will be like between treatments. Does the hair grow back a lot? I’d love an update if you think of it! 🙂
@Miss Bella … I heard it is different for everyone, but most people need around 5 treatments then some maintenance because hair grows in spurts. It will be around $1300 for my 5 treatments. Pretty expensive for me … but I hope worth it!
@Spaniel … I think maintenance is different for everyone. They told me once or twice a year for most people.
Post # 6
@ Miss Bella – Well, I don’t know what it costs in other areas of the US, but the place I went charges $50 for each of the 2 areas I had done: chin & under chin – so it equalled $100 which to me, is VERY reasonable. The larger the area, the more the cost though, so if you’re having your legs done it would probably be a lot more costly. The cost has probably gone down in recent years, but if I had known a couple years ago that it was so affordable, I would have already had it done!
@ spaniel – I don’t know exactly what maintenance will be required, because it is more for some & less for others, but there will be a little bit needed. I think you have to go in actually about once every 2 or 3 months for touch-ups, but like I said, it’s totally worth it to me because ANYTHING has to be better than what I was going through.
@ beachbride – Don’t worry, it will be fine! I don’t know what areas you are having done, but I didn’t opt for the numbing cream and I handled it like a champ. Tweezing & waxing IMO is just as painful as this was, and my skin was already used to be abused by the tweezers. I don’t know how fast the hair grows back, but most of the hair that they ‘zapped’ this morning is no longer visible. It will take at least a couple weeks for the follicle to be destroyed though, and in the meantime the hair will continue to grow, and like you said it grows in cycles so I’m not out of the woods yet LOL! The only thing that sucks is that I can only SHAVE during this entire process! I can’t tweeze the hairs because the root has to be there in order to be destroyed *sigh* So that’s kinda icky, but hey, at least I can shave LOL.
OMG, I can’t believe I’m divulging these embarrassing secrets on here!
Post # 7
That is SO weird, because I did too!!! Really it was just a consult, but she did a test area (one underarm…now I kind of HAVE to get the other one done too, lol) while I was there.
I’m going back in a few weeks for my first full treatment (upper lip, sides of face, underarms and bikini line) and am really looking forward to it (well, not to the treatment, but the part when there’e no hair left). I’m half Italian and have been “blessed” with very fair skin and dark hair.
My mum has been doing laser hair removal for the past 1.5 years or so and the results have been amazing.
@okqueenbee– I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised, you probably won’t require much in the way of maintenance. My mum had almost nothing left after her first two treatments, and after she finished the whole course she really hasn’t had to have anything touched up! Obviously this varies from person to person, but here’s hoping you’ll have awesome results with little need for maintenance!
Post # 8
One more thing. The little laser thingie that she holds has a round open tip on it, and she presses it to the face and it makes a slight popping noise, only popping once in one area and then she moves it slightly, then pops again & moves again.
The feeling of the laser reminds me of an air gun. It felt like hot (almost icy) air being blown on my face EXTREMELY quickly, then she would press her finger to the part that she zapped, and move on to the next area.
Like I said, it was pretty awesome. I’m glad to know I don’t need to spend the extra $20 bucks for the numbing cream 🙂
Post # 9
@ hergreenapples – Wow! That’s a coincidence 🙂 Best luck to you as well, and thanks for the info on your mom! I’m hoping for great results as well. I guess when it comes to laser hair removal, I was “blessed” with dark hair, because if your hair is blonde, red or gray, the laser won’t work!
Post # 10
I was soooo interested in this. I have extremely dark hair and my hair follicles are so dark it looks like i didnt shave when i did. So annoying. Not to mention I have very fare skin. I never wear shorts or dresses or skirts etc. I just think its too expensive for me. I dont want to live like this forever though.
Post # 11
@ Jizes – at least you don’t have it on your face!
Post # 12
Have you tried electrolysis? It’s permanent, unlike laser, and it makes sense for small areas like yours. I did it on my bikini line and it was the best money I ever spent. It might be a bit more costly than laser, but you don’t have to keep going back for treatments once you are done.
Post # 13
@ tulip – I think laser works best for me for a couple of reasons. One being the cost, it is relatively cheap, even if I do have to go back periodically. Two, being that I can shave and don’t have to grow my hair to a certain length to have it done.
Thanks though 🙂
Post # 14
You are right… i guess i can be happy i dont have it on my face but still sad.. I might just save and do what you are doing. No need to spend our lives uncomfortable!!
Post # 15
I had this done on the upper lip and under arms a year ago.
From my experience, they didn’t bother to tell me its not 100% all gone. It’s more like 90% and you’ll still end up with some strays. It also hurts more as you keep going (sorry!)…at least from what I went through, as well as my mom.
Post # 16
Good for you!
Being very dark haired and having similar fur problems myself, I am using laser treatments as well.
Totally, totally worth it. So far, armpits, lower legs and brazilian bikini are done… Will be moving on to the arms (yeah, gotta do the arms too, so don’t be ashamed, okqueenbee), then upper legs and probably some face work eventually…
Seems drastic? I think every woman who had laser and for who it worked will tell you that it’s worth it. Ah, to never shave or wax again!
It didn’t hurt either for me, except around the ankles, and some areas in the bikini zone…