I’ve decided to share my personal experience and results of laser hair removal with you all every 5-8 weeks as I go through each treatment. I want to do this because I wish that I had a little more information on the topic before I decided to start my treatments. I always thought that laser hair removal would be a simple and easy process where I show up to my appointment and leave hair free. I quickly learned that there were a lot of things I should’ve known and taken into consideration beforehand.
First and foremost, you need to be realistic of the results and understand what possible side effects there may be from doing laser. You should know that not all of the hair may be gone and that sometimes they come back years later. You just might have to do a few touch ups down the road. You should know that, depending on your skin tone and texture of your hair, the results may vary. For some, the treatments are painful, but for me, not at all (except in the private areas haha). If the pain is too much to handle, numbing creams should always be available.
Some side effects of laser hair removal include skin irritation, redness, swelling and sometimes burns. I’ll get into detail a bit later.
Don’t get discouraged after reading all this, I just believe that it’s important to know what to do and what to avoid to minimize the risks and maximize the results.
Also, if you are a male reader and want to do this for yourself, definitely do! It works on all of us just the same 😉
Before the treatment
1. The first and most important thing to remember, is to stay away from the sun. Do not take that lightly!! If you like to tan, summertime may not be the best time to start your treatments. This is one of the mistakes I did. Of course at some point you will reach the summer months, but the lighter your skin and darker you hair, the better the results. Many places recommend different things but it’s important to avoid the sun 2-4 weeks prior to your treatments and most definitely 2 weeks after. You cannot get spray tans or use self tanners of any kind to avoid burns. Prepare yourself to be pale and enjoy Netflix or some good reads for a little while!
2. You must shave the areas you are going to laser 24 hours before. This way it is easier for the laser to detect the follicles.
3. Do not thread or wax these areas, as you want the hair to be thick and coarse. The laser needs to target the pigment of the follicle. If you don’t shave, some places might provide you a razor on the spot, but to shave so late into the game, it might irritate your skin more.
After the treatment
To see results, you need to be consistent. Be prepared to make an appointment every 6-8 weeks. The magic doesn’t happen after your first time (although I felt like it did for me). Most clients see changes after their third or fourth appointment.
Be gentle to your skin for the first 48-72 hours. Make sure not to take hot showers or exercise during this period. Stay away from deodorants (I didn’t and I seem to be fine thus far), perfumes and scented lotions to avoid irritation.
Don’t wax or pluck any unwanted hair, shave it! Remember, you need to make sure the follicles are where they need to be.
Please, and I highly suggest that you lather yourself up with sunscreen. Your skin will be super sensitive and you want to be sure to protect it. If you don’t, you may get those annoying sunspots that we all hate.
You might wonder if laser is safe or not, and the answer is YES. You just want to make sure that the treatments are done in a board certified dermatologists office.
You may wonder if it may be worth it to get laser hair removal done and I must say yes, yes, YES! I mentioned above that the treatments don’t have a 100% guarantee of removing all unwanted hair, but usually the results are effective and permanent. I have done two sessions so far and I am in love with my results. I go to the shower sometimes and think about how I need to shave my legs today to wear that beautiful summer dress, I grab my razor and realize I don’t need to! Not sure if there’s any better feeling than that. Laser is especially great for those who suffer with ingrown hairs. You will see that over time not only are you hair free, but your skin gets a lot smoother as well. I am in love!
I can’t say that I wasn’t freaked out after seeing all the forms that had to be signed before we started my first treatment. I was so nervous about burning my skin or getting permanent marks that I probably asked a million questions before, during and after the treatment. I really appreciate my lady who made sure to make the experience so comfortable for me. A lot of people think I’m crazy for driving all the way to Glendale for my laser, but I have to say that once you find someone you like and trust, there’s no other place you’d rather go. Make sure to find a place that can give you that ease of mind.
As much as I was told that I probably wouldn’t see results after the first session, I saw the difference clearly. I’m not shaving as often, my hair grows slower, and far less than before. I barely had to shave after my first session until the day before I had to go in again.
After my first treatment I had a few burns on my ankles which worried me a lot. I had a few bumps due to irritation which luckily went away after I applied aloe Vera on it. The burns are very slowly fading away, and I will make sure to let you all know how it turns out.
After my second treatment, I did notice that the hair on my arms grew a little thicker than before, which might just be part of the process. I will make sure to ask my amazing lady and keep you all posted on how things go moving forward. My skin is so much smoother and my pores are smaller than before. If this is something you’ve been considering for a while now, I highly recommend that you start your process as well. Just be sure to start in the fall so you’re not tempted to roast under the sun all day 😉
Have a fabulous day