(Closed) Laser Hair Removal – Have you done it?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve had it done with different kinds of lasers, on different areas and at different salons.  Overall, I LOVE it.  Best money I’ve ever spent.  I’ve never had any scarring, but then I’ve got really pale skin and dark hair (the best for lasering).  There was only one time where the pain was unbearable, and I think it was because I forgot and left my deodorant on (was getting my armpits done) and some of the aluminum was left in my pores.  Most of the time it just feels like a rubber band snap for a couple of seconds, then is red for a little bit afterward.

I’d really research the type of laser you want and read reviews of the salons that use that type of laser in your area (Cutera lasers are best for my skin, I’ve found; skin and hair type make a difference on what works best).  Also, take a couple of advil an hour before you go in if you’re worried about pain.  Certain medications can also cause scarring when doing laser hair removal, so that would also be an important thing to bring up with your technician when doing your consultation.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve had it done and would do it again.  I had the front of my neck done (hello dark neck hairs on fair skin – embarrassing!).  It wasn’t that painful at all; I would describe it feeling like a rubber band being thumped onto your skin, at worst.

No scarring.  In fact, my neck turned blotchy red for about 45 minutes afterwards and went away.  That was it.  Although my hair has not completely stopped growing or disappeared, the hair is not as thick and not nearly as dark.  Definite benefits.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

it really depends on the person and the laser that’s used. i did it- bought a groupon for three sessions at a highly regarded place. i am an ideal candidate- see aviator, i am as white as white can be, with dark hair. i had my bikini like done. they said for best results to do six sessions, but that i may need less because of my skin/hair.  i wanted to do the three and see how it went. the first time i had numbing cream put on first, pain was totally tolerable. 2nd time, i was given ice packs for 5 minutes beforehand, by the end of it i wasn’t ‘chilled’ anymore, and it was rather uncomfortable, but not awful. third time, they kept the ice packs on until she was ready to zap the side, was much better than time prior, when they let me warm up too long=) i would recommend using the numbing cream, why make something hurt when it doesn’t have to?? i def noticed the hair going away, it just kind of fell out. but unfortunately, most of it has come back. i don’t think i will pay full price for any sessions. i would consider doing more if i had it done at a significantly discounted price, but after my 3 sessions, it’s nowhere near 50% reduced.  i didn’t have any scarring or bad side effects. i have a tattoo very low on on my hip, that goes across my bikini line, they can’t use a laser near it because it would ruin the tattoo, but they are able to go around it. they put a cream on it and then put something over it, to protect it. just thought it that incase any bees we thinking about laser hair removal near a tattoo, i couldn’t find much on the subject at the time=)

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I went in for a consult, and the lady flat out told me not to do it.  My head hair is dark blonde, but my body hair is about the same color as my skin and is VERY fine.  She said it almost certainly wouldn’t work on me.

I have a redheaded friend, too, who went for eight sessions…  And she said that she saw no improvement whatsoever.  She was really upset that she had spent so much money for nothing.  I wouldn’t recommend it if you have light-colored hair.

Post # 7
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325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I recently bought a groupon ($150 for 5 or 6 sessions) and need to schedule my first appointment.  I think I’ll start with my underarms.  My friends that have had it have all been very pleased so far.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have done it using groupons ($100 for 6 sessions).  It is fantastic.  I’m Asian with dark hair and relatively light skin, so it works well on me.  It’s painful but COMPLETELY worth it, esp with the groupon deals!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve done it before – on and off for various sessions over the past 10 years.  It’s absolutely worth it if you have dark hair and fair skin (I do as well).  I got my upper lip, bikini line and more recently some treatments on my neck (yes…SO EMBARRASSING!)  It isn’t a pleasant experience, but it’s certainly not unbearable, and usually the sessions are really quick.  I haven’t had any bad side effects either.  I take advil, and I also get aloe vera gel to rub on the areas afterwards.  It really helps cool things down.  Honestly, I think the worst part it the smell – the hair pretty much gets vaporized and smells like lovely burning hair.  I always have to take a shower after to make the smell go away.

Post # 10
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445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My friend is a registered nurse and she works at a salon that performs laser.  I went in for several sessions and i love it.  After 4 sessions, i quit shaving (i hate shaving passionately!).  I probably need a few more to completely get rid of all the hair, which I’ll likely do in the next few months.  It is a little painful at first (but no more than having duct tape pull from your bare skin), it really isn’t bad at all…I actually miss it since I skip the last two sessions. =)

 

Post # 11
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303 posts
Helper bee

I had my first lasering today! I got my armpits and and extended bikini. The armpits were totally fine, and it only took about 20 seconds each side.

The bikini was more painful and took a bit longer, but it wasn’t too bad (it was a very extended bikini, so the worst part for me was lying there with my nethers on show…)

The lady put some lotion on afterward, and I’ve had no pain or redness. The laser machine at the clinic I went to fires a shot of cryogen gas (really cold) before and after the laser burst, which cools down the skin.

I have fair skin and dark coarse hair, so I’m an ideal candidate. I pre-paid 4 sessions, so here’s hoping it works!

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