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What to Expect From Laser Hair Removal

November 4, 2016

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.

Before

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.

During

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.

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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.

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After

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.

Overall

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!

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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.  

  • Brittany Comeaux November 4, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I love this post! I’ve been dying to get laser treatments on my whole body! ha. But especially my underarms and bikini area. I have such sensitive skin… waxing is out of the question and even with all of the specialty products and fresh razors shaving still irritates my skin like crazy.

    • Jessica November 4, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      You and me both sister. It really is the best option when you have skin like ours. I am so glad I am going through it.

  • Sarah Jean Althouse November 4, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I feel like it’s expensive, but gosh, it might really be worth it! I would love to not have to shave my legs for a while. haha

    • Jessica November 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      I wish I could do my legs! My hair is too blonde, but that would make me so happy. haha

  • Rebecca Hicks November 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Wow that’s so interesting! I am so cheap when it comes to shaving, especially since my hair is so light. However, it would be AWESOME for my underarms and bikini line. I’ll take anything over having to shave or get waxes (which I did for my honeymoon and never again!).

    • Jessica November 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Haha. I feel ya, girl. Waxing is so painful! I think laser is a great investment (especially at 30% off! haha)

  • Vet Leow November 4, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I have ingrown hairs on my armpits and bikini area too and it feels great to be clean and smooth in these areas…may have to look into laser for hair removal…great review too!

    • Jessica November 4, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks, girl! You really should check it out!

  • My Shopping Diet November 4, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for such an informative post! I am looking into that and may actually do it already! It’s an investment but seems to be worth it!

    • Jessica November 4, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      It is totally worth it! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • val November 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    LOVE laser hair removal – the pain isn’t that bad and the time saved is amazing! A long process overall but worth it

    • Jessica November 4, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      I have heard such amazing things from people who have completed it. So glad to hear you are happy with your results!

  • Nicole Parise November 5, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I’ve been pretty interested in these treatments! Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂
    xx nicole
    http://www.nicoleparise.com

    • Jessica November 6, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Of course! You should definitely give it a try if you’re interested.

  • Breyona Sharpnack November 5, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this because I plan to get in done in about two years and wanted to see all the pros and cons to waxing and shaving. I am having issues with shaving and started waxing and I hate paying for it and going often. This def has helped me with my pros of getting it down and you made it look easy!

    • Jessica November 6, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      It really is worth it, girl! I would do my whole body if I could. haha. Shaving and waxing are bad for my sensitive skin and red bumps are annoying as heck!

  • Kaley November 5, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I don’t think I could do it. I just have too much anxiety about lasers in general because I think of them like lightsabers 😂😅🙈

    • Jessica November 6, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Hahaha. I could see that. It’s my first experience with them. Honestly, it isn’t bad at all.

  • Nikki Vergakes November 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Definitely something to consider!

    • Jessica November 6, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mama Munchkin November 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    You are the brave lady. I am pretty wimpy and not sure I can handle the pain. But, my girlfriend swears it was one of the best things she has ever done 😉

  • Ivana J November 7, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Would love to try this out, but i am pretty sceptic. Glad that you said that it pays off, so i need to find great salon and just do it xoxo

    http://www.theninebyivana.blogspot.com

  • Rochelle Valle November 7, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try it. Thank you for the breakdown. I need to research a few around my area first.

    With Love Rochelle
    http://www.withloverochelle.com

  • Dr.Victor Sagoo December 8, 2016 at 4:37 am

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