Post # 1
so, I got a groupon for some laser hair removal.
I’m regretting it and shitting my pants with fear because of some stuff that I’ve read (after the fact of course, because I’m impulsive like that).
I’ve been getting Brazillian waxes for a good 7 years, and that killed in the beginning but I’ve been learning to take it like a champ. If I can get through a wax, is the laser easier? harder? Should I brace myself and expect the worst?
I’ll also be getting my pits done but.. when I got them waxed before it was a piece of cake and they seemed the complete opposite of sensitive.
Can anyone offer any comforting words or comparisons?
Post # 3
I’ve gotten Brazilians for years, and just started having my underarms lasered. (I’ve never had my underarms waxed)
Honestly I thought the laser hurt a lot more than I would have expected. But it also went really quickly (I think I was in the office for 5, 10 minutes total). My skin felt sunburned (but wasn’t) for a day or so, and then was fine afterwards.
The first couple weeks I was really frustrated because the hair was falling out and shaving didn’t help at all (I’d still have “stubble” even after I shaved). Then when all the hair fell out it was really nice! Even though I’ve only had one session I haven’t had to shave for several weeks.
Post # 4
@mayflowerbride13: I have been getting brazilians now for almost 5 years and I want to start laser. I have alot of friends who get laser and they swear that it is the best thing have ever done. I actaully went with one of my best friends to her laser appointment just to see what they do and it doesnt look too bad and she said the pain is less than waxing so I think after my wedding I might try it!
Post # 5
okay, one terrifying answer, one less terrifying lol. Anyone else?
Post # 6
I got my first session of lasering last month and it’s amazing! I did my underarms and I usually have a five-o-clock shadow the next day before shaving, now I only have a few fine hairs growing back and shave maybe weekly or so. Waxing is worse for me because you have to let the hair grow back in between. The laser hurt a bit in some places but others I couldn’t feel at all. It’s like a snapping rubber band type of pain, less than waxing to me.
Post # 7
I have a tria, it’s not painful at all. I have it on a low setting though… I’ve only used is 2x, not enough to see results yet. Am I helping?
Post # 8
I know with waxing (not sure about laser) you have to be careful if you’re on certain medications. I was doing a small dose of Retin-A for awhile, and when they waxed my brows, a layer of skin came off. Now that I’m on Accutane, I’ve heard tell that if I get waxed anywhere, ALL the skin may come off. Something to consider if you are on anything like that.
Post # 9
I bought a full body package off Groupon as well, I was previously a waxer.
My underarms didnt hurt at ALL.
Not going to lie, the brazilian was pretty painful, but if they use ALOT of gel, it is almost not painful at all. I actually had to do 8 treatments on the brazilian because my hair is so thick.
It is AWESOME not having to shave EVERY SINGLE DAY. My hair grows very fast. I still have some hair, but not nearly as much as before. I now only have to shave my legs like once a week.
I am probably going to do a few more rounds just to try to get rid of the last stragglers.
Post # 10
With laser you cannot be on any antibiotics within the last two weeks before your treatment, apparently it makes you susceptible to burning.
You also cannot tan two weeks prior, or get in a hot tub/workout for 24 hours afterwards.
I didnt listen to any of that crap and I was fine. 🙂
Post # 11
I don’t think the laser hurts that much at all – definitely not as much as waxing. I’ve had my bikini area and underarms done and it was totally worth it. In both areas I’d always battled having lots of ingrown hairs and it cleared that up immediately. I’d caution you to look for a deal that has free or cheap touch ups though – my technician told me that a lot of people have to go for 6-10 treatments to totally stop hair regrowth. After 5 on my underarms its still growing back (although much finer) and I only had the money for 4 for my bikini area before the wedding and its fully back (although again, much finer and, 1.5 years later, I’m still ingrown hair free). Honestly, it was worth it just for that aspect!
Post # 12
Laser is so wonderful – I love not having to shave every day. BUT! It is not permanent. You will have to go in every year or so for a touch up, but the hair you have will be finer and there will be much less of it too. So worth every penny!
The first time you go the hair takes a bit to fall out and as a PP said, you can’t shave it really either – it is kind of sitting under the skin waiting to get pushed out. So don’t make plans where you have to show off that part of your body for a week or so after your first appointment unless you like the stubble look 😛
Post # 13
I think if you can tolerate one, you can probably tolerate the other. It’s a different kind of feeling – the place I went to compared the laser to a sharp rubberband snap and I think that’s pretty accurate. You also get kinda used to it as the session goes on. And there are some places that hurt more than others; ankles, along the pubic bone, and the back of the brazilian kinda sucked. But, like waxing, it’s a fast pain that fades quickly. And I barely felt it on some places, like underarms (you want to feel it a little though).
Feeling irrated or sunburned afterwards is normal – they gave me a lotion to put on right after that helped a ton and then told me to use aloe at home if I needed it. If you feel badly sunburned for more than like a day or two, tell them the next time you go in – I had that happen once and she told me they’d turn the laser down the next time because it shouldn’t hurt that long.
They will (or should) ask you about what meds you’re on. There’s is definitely stuff that you can’t be using when you get lasered. I know they told me that if I was ever on antibiotics, I would need to reschedule.
I have mixed feelings about my treatment. I was able to tolerate a really high laser which theoretically should have meant really great results but I ended up having to go for a ton of treatments. And I still get hair growth – not nearly as much as before and what’s there is a thinner hair but I still have to shave periodically. It is pretty awesome that my underarms don’t get five o’clock shadow anymore, though.
Post # 14
Laser hurts bad while its happening, and mildly-med for about 2 minutes, and then you’re OK. However, it doesn’t actually remove all there hair. I had a group on for 6 (apparently 8 is normal for complete removal), I have had 5 done, and I have about half me hair still (should be almost none). My only advice is to get a solid deodorant (NOT GEL!) and also don’t put any on until a few hours afterwards
Post # 15
@MissTexasFire: Which medspa was your full-body Groupon to? I’m also in the DFW area and would definitely like to take advantage of something like that!
Post # 16
laser 100%! I had my bikini and underarms done….best money I ever spent. For me, it doesn’t feel good obviously, but it is CERTAINLY bearable. Especially since it really doesn’t take long at all.