No Longer Self-Conscious About The Hair On My Arms Thanks to Laser Hair Removal!
When I was younger, in high school, I was very self-conscious about the hair on my arms. Not that I was crazy hairy but at that age most of us are self-conscious about just about anything. Plus, having a very light complexion and darker hair didn’t help matters.
Deciding to take actions into my own hands, I started to shave my arms. I’ve shaved my arms daily since I was 15 and I'm now 31 years old. It's been a nuisance, to say the least. Dealing with cuts, razor burns, embarrassment from missed spots, etc. is never fun! Let’s not even talk about how much money I was spending on razors to always have a close smooth shave!
I decided to go ahead and start researching laser hair removal. I learned quite a bit. First and foremost, it is NOT the same as electrolysis! This may seem obvious to some, but it defiantly was not to me! Electrolysis is a permanent solution to hair growth. However, it is more painful, more time-consuming and much more expensive. At least that’s what I've gathered from my research. Laser hair removal is not necessarily totally permanent. It can be. Each case is different. Each person and even different locations on the body can require a different amount of treatments and different scheduled treatment times. It is known to stop hair growth with some people, or drastically slow it down and thin it out. Once your initial set of treatments is complete you may need touch-ups here and there down the road to keep the hair away.
Laser hair removal “attacks” active hair follicles. Hair follicles are not all active at the same time and that is why the treatment sessions need to be spread out over a longer duration. The goal is to get as many active follicles as possible with each treatment. Another little surprise is that sometimes the laser activates dormant follicles causing them to produce hair. Further sessions usually take care of this issue. For best results, it is good to have a difference of tone in your skin & in your hair. That way the laser can hit the follicles better. It is always important that when you go in for treatments you have a clean close shave on the are to be treated. Another thing to keep in mind is to avoid tanning, whether that is a real tan or a bottled tan before and after treatment. Always be sure to protect your skin after treatment for days (if not always) with sunscreen alone or under makeup.
So I decided that I was going to try laser hair removal. Being that I already go to “Luna Vision & Med Spa” for Botox, I contacted them first and talked at length with one of the technicians, Janet. She was very understanding, kind, and explanatory. She made me feel very comfortable and I was excited to begin treatment! I could purchase a Groupon for 6 Laser sessions on a “medium” area (the areas are listed as to what size they are considered and prices differ.
Luckily, I was a good candidate for the treatments because I have fair skin and darker hair. I was told that we would do one treatment a month on my arms, for the first 3-4 months. Then wait 3 months for the next two treatments. A total of 6 treatments. It was also explained that this treatment plan could be adjusted if needed.
While I do believe the doctor, herself does also do laser hair treatments, mine have always been performed by Karla and Janet. Both two kind, understanding, compassionate women.
When you go in for a treatment it’s pertinent to have a clean shave on the area (as mentioned above) with no lotions or creams applied. They used a little handheld thing to measure different areas of my arms to measure my different levels of skin tone. The laser was set accordingly.
The treatments themselves are sometimes uncomfortable, but not very painful. Different areas of the body feel the impact differently as well, some are more sensitive than others. I would say in most cases it feels less painful then a rubber band being snapped against your skin. It is important to keep in mind that the laser doesn't cover that large of an area, so you feel that “sting” multiples times to treat the entire desired area. Everyone experiences pain differently, that being said, in my opinion, the level of discomfort is very minimal in most areas. Every occasionally, you may experience a tinge that is a little more than expected.
After the initial areas are gradually and patiently treated with the laser they use some type of cold roller on the areas and then go back over the area with a cooler, much less intense setting. Then cream is applied to sooth the skin and an ice pack is given if wanted to help the irritation. For me, the irritation, which is basically just red blotches, never lasts over an hour and is cleared up in no time!
I could notice slight results after my first treatment! My hair was defiantly growing in slower and I didn’t have to shave every day! Then with my next treatment, it seemed it had the reverse effect and my hair growth sped up! But luckily with the following treatments, it took care of that and now the hair on my arms is next to nonexistent. In only grows back in some random spots and when it does it takes it a long time and it’s very thin and light!
I’m happy with the results and love not having razor burn, cuts, and scrapes on my arms all the time! I can’t even begin to tell you how much money I save on razors and blades!
If you are self-conscious about the growth of hair on your body, I would definitely recommend getting a consultation (most are free!). If it’s something you are willing to commit to both physically and financially, and the tech/dr thinks they can help you, I would say go for it!