My Seven Laser Hair Removal Sessions Were a Success - August 2017
I decided to get Laser hair removal because I got tired of shaving my underarms or paying for waxing every 6 weeks. During the colder months, I'd let it grow and it looked disgusting. I knew I had to do something. I visited 3 different medical spas in my area for consultations and prices. Most of the spas charged between $125-$175 per laser treatment session. After visiting the spas, I still hadn't made a definite decision on which spa to choose. Coincidentally, at the same time I was searching for a laser hair removal spa, I was also looking for a particular brands face wash, that was only carried at medical offices. After looking on the brand's website, I found a spa nearby that carried the wash I was looking for. This is how I discovered Numa Spa, which is where I would have my treatment done.
When I picked up my face wash at Numa Spa, I took one of their brochures and while I was there, I noticed that the spa was doing a “buy one, get one free” laser hair removal promotion, so I called a few days later to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
I had my first consultation at Numa with an aesthetician. She examined my underarms to determine the thickness of my hair and the condition of my skin, which at the time was darker due to an allergic reaction I had had from switching deodorants a few years ago. She let me know that performing the laser removal procedure with excessive darkness would be more painful than usual and could possibly darken the area even more, which at the time was a concern of mine. I knew I would have to have at least 5 sessions and did not want to burn my skin. She informed me that she didn’t want to perform the procedure given the state of my skin. She advised me to use a skin lightener before getting the hair removal done and gave me a free sample of Obagi Clear. She instructed me to use it twice a day. Applying a pea size of the ointment after showering, letting it absorb into my skin. So, I did as I was told for about 3 weeks before returning for another appointment. I did see results with the Obagi lightening cream.
The date of my treatment, I arrived at the office with my underarms washed and freshly shaved and in a tank top, as advised, so that it was easy for the aesthetician to access my underarm area. She had me lay on an examination table to inspect my skin and said I was clear to proceed with the procedure. She gave me mini goggles to shield my eyes from the laser light and a stress ball to squeeze if I experienced any discomfort or pain. After about 3 minutes, she started my procedure. The zaps from the laser did not hurt at the beginning, where my hair strands were thin, but as it got to the thicker strands, there was more discomfort. The zaps got stronger, so I squeezed the ball the whole time. I could smell the burning hair follicles while the cold air whipped through my underarm skin. She told me what I smelled was caused by the laser burning the hair follicle and this is what would stop my hair growth process. I described the feeling as like getting a tattoo, it's painful while it's happening but once it’s over, it's over and the pain goes way completely.
Each area only took about 4-6 minutes to cover. With the rating pain on a scale from 1-5 at a 4 for me. After the procedure was finished, she removed my mini glasses and applied aloe to sooth my underarm skin. I didn't feel any immediate discomfort after, but I was offered ice packs to help with cooling down my underarm area. I was told to wash the area with a mild soap the day after to avoid irritation and I also kept up with the skin lightener to continue to brighten my skin. I scheduled my next appointments at checkout and spaced them 7 weeks apart for the first 3 sessions. I did see results after my first treatment sessions. My thinner hair seemed to have a much slower growth rate. I've had 6 sessions since then and have seen great results. The hair under my arms is thin and doesn't even grow back in most places.
If you're considering laser hair removal and are a good candidate for the procedure, I recommend getting it done.