(Closed) Who has had laser hair removal and does it hurt?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Me! I have had my armpit hair lasered off…it feels like its actually burning sometimes during the process and when it gets too painful, i usually tell the technician to turn the the power a bit and she does! I was thinking of doing the bikini area but that maybe in a few years. I think one area at the time is the most I can do. Oh and by the way you can smell the hair burning! ick.   But it looks great after only five sessions I shave maybe once a month and I don’t even need to do that most of the time, the hair is sooo light!

Post # 4
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did my bikini zone and it didn’t really work that well. There’s less hair, but not no hair. The first session didn’t hurt, but every session after they up the amps a little bit more. I think in my last session I actually yelled out “oh my god stop” involuntarily. And I cried. Funny now, not so funny at the time… It feels like someone snapping sharp elastic bands against you if that makes sense. Some places tell you to put numbing cream on before hand, but there seems to be varied opinion as to whether it helps or makes it worse. I don’t remember the smell at all.

I’d be interested in doing my underarms, but not until it’s become 100% effective!

Post # 5
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

I’ve done a few sessions, and yes it does hurt, but I’m pleased with the results so far and don’t regret starting it.  We’ll see how the results hold up six months down the line– I know that you often will have to go in every quarter or so for touch-ups.  If I stay around this level of reduction, I would consider myself satisfied with the experience.

If you’re interested, you should visit one of your reputable local places for a consultation.  They’ll talk you through the whole process, and explain how it works, and see if it’s right for your skin/hair tone, and can do some test patches to see how your skin reacts and how painful you think it is.  It’s definitely not the most comfortable feeling in the world, but it’s not that bad to me.  It doesn’t take THAT long, and I distract myself with a book and music.  Headphones are key, to drown out the loud beeping noise that the machine makes each time it “fires” at you.  It does feel like hot rubber bands are snapping at you.  Bonier bits such as the ankles are more painful.  You can take some pain meds in advance, or get some numbing cream (but talk to your technician about this beforehand, as you can overdose on this cream if you apply too much).

Post # 6
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yup, I’ve done my underarms as well.  They have pain-free laser hair removal these days, which is what I started off with, but it really didn’t do much. I was disappointed. It didn’t hurt, since it’s supposed to be pain free. But the results are mideocre. But then I guess my medspa had some complaints from the members, so they got rid of all the pain-free laser machines and offered 3 free sessions to those who had purchased the pain-free package. I still had 2 sessions left, so I got the last two sessions with the traditional laser (which hurts REAL bad) and 3 extra with the same machine. It does hurt, but they prescribe you a numbing cream, which you apply an hour before the treatment and it helps. The traditional laser machines really work, I no longer have to shave my underarms. It’s definitely worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it stings but it’s certainly bearable and it’s over in a few minutes for each area. I’m happy with the results so far, but it’s certainly not totally eradicated. I’ve done five sessions of underarm and bikini.

Post # 8
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I did it on my bikini area and it hurts like hell!!! Sorry for the expression but it is truly what comes to mind.

It feels like they’re hitting you with a rubber and having electric shock in the skin at the same time.  After too many sessions It worked… So I say it was worth it. Would I do it again? No way!

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