For years, I have been intrigued by laser hair removal. When I hear the commercials about all the time people save not shaving, my ears perk up and I immediately envy the smooth underarms of anyone who has had it. When I was offered the opportunity to try it out at Vitalize Medical Spa*, I jumped at the chance.
Skin pigmentation absorbs the light from the laser, so you will see better results if your hair is darker. I decided to have my bikini area and underarms treated, since most of my hair is blonde or light red.
The first step is to find someone who you like that has great reviews and makes you feel comfortable. From the moment I walked in to Vitalize, I felt like I was meeting up with friends after work. Both Leslie, the aesthetician, and Mary had me cracking up the entire time. Not to mention, their spa is gorgeous and relaxing.
Laser hair removal typically takes 6-8 sessions with 6 weeks in between each session. It is important that you shave completely smooth the night before your session. Otherwise, the procedure would just be burning your hair and not doing it’s job.
The number one question I am asked is “does it hurt?” One of the best descriptions I found was that it feels like a rubber band is snapped on your skin, but the pain doesn’t linger. It lasts just a second and goes away. At times, it feels like it is a quick little burn from a flame getting too close.
For my underarms, I typically wear a tank top so the aesthetician can easily use the laser without anything blocking. However, for my bikini area, I just remove everything. It is possible to keep your underwear on and work around it, but I am all about efficiency.
Your aesthetician will give you some dark glasses and put a clear jelly (like if you get an ultrasound) on the area to be treated, then run the laser over it. The machine makes a beeping noise and you feel that little snap/burn.
The whole process takes very little time. You can have breaks in between if the process is too painful, but I like to just knock it out. I spent months getting a bikini wax that took an hour and was excruciating every time. This takes less than a quarter of that time for both my bikini and underarms and the pain is not even comparable.
Once you finish your session, you will want to schedule your next one 6 weeks out. After the first session, you will notice your hair growing back slower and more patchy. The whole process will take 6-8 sessions.
Is it worth it? My answer is yes. I was paying $50/month for waxing for about 8-10 months. In that time, I developed a large cyst from an ingrown hair. When I stopped waxing, I would shave and get horrible razor burn. With laser, you buy a package of treatments (and Vitalize has buy 5, get one free), and you don’t have to worry about razor burn or ingrown hairs again. In my opinion, it is a great investment and it really does save you a lot of time and embarrassment.
Now is the perfect time to start your treatment to be summer-ready. Vitalize Medical Spa in Plano is offering Love You More Too readers 30% off all laser treatments. Use code VMSLYMT30 and book your first appointment! Don’t want laser? They offer a wide-variety of treatments, so check them out today!
Have you tried laser hair removal? If not, what has kept you from it?
*Although I am receiving free treatments from Vitalize, all opinions remain my own. I would never recommend a product or service that I was not 100% happy about. Thank you for supporting brands that support Love You More Too.