Post # 1
I’m going for my first session and I’m worried it’s gonna hurt, but I’m also trying to figure out if I can shave or if it’s like waxing where I should let the hair grow in? Also, if anyone has done this, any tips on keeping it from hurting? I’m having it done under my arms and on my bikini line.
Post # 3
I had it done in the same exact spots. It stings but only for a second… kind of like a rubberband being snapped at your skin. I would take some IBUprofen before I went. Yes, you should shave before you go. The shorter the hair, the easier it is to remove. Good luck!
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Post # 5
You have to shave. If you don’t they’ll shave it for you.
Do you have any tattoos? It feels very similar to a tattoo to me. Try to schedule your appointments when you’re not on your period. Everything hurts more when you’re on your period. Just remember to breathe! =)
Post # 6
@ashleylabrie: If you have not already shaved call and ask the clinic if they want you to before you come in. Most likely they will, but there are several kinds of lasers that are used for hair removal and some want a little growth. So, just check. Even if you do shave, I would recommend doing it the night before, just so your skin is not at all irritated when you get it the treatment. Most of the new lasers out there do not hurt. It will feel warm and there will be a zap, but it’s over before you know it. You can use lydociane, a topical anesthetic that you can buy at a drug store if you feel it’s too painful. I would try the first session without it though, because you probably won’t need it. If you do want to use it, talk to your technician about it first. They should definitely know you have it on.
A little discomfort is worth not having to shave those areas any more! Just be realisitc about the results you expect, and ask as many questions as you need to to your technician about home care. I perform laser hair removal as part of my job. If you have any other questions you can PM me. 🙂 Just stay out of the sun and tanning beds while you’re doing the treatments, and let them know if you’re taking anything besides asprin or advil, and you’ll be fine, good luck!
Post # 7
@ashleylabrie: I second the tip on just remembering to breath. I’ve had it done on my face and underarms (saving up for bikini line) with the new lasers that aren’t spot lasers, but they run them back and forth over the area keeping constant contact.
It seems to depend to on the technician doing it – so make sure you are going with a good place.
As for shaving, it depends on the laser they are using – I’ve had one where they want me to trim closely and others where they want it shaved smooth. So definitely call and ask.
Don’t be nervous! It will be ok, and expect a little bit of redness for an hour afterwards. You can ice if you need to, but I’ve never needed to.
I can’t wait for the bikini line – how nice it will be not to have to shave or wax there!
Post # 8
I second everything everyone else has said, and want to add that if it gets too rough the first time, you can ask them to take a break. Also, it should hurt less each time because you’ll have fewer hairs to react to the laser.
Post # 9
Good luck! My grandmother is gifting me with lazer hair removal for the wedding, and I can’t wait!
Post # 10
Thanks everyone (I changed my username becasue it had my name in it—duh!)