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    anyone have DIRECT EXPERIENCE with laser hair removal?

    anyone have DIRECT EXPERIENCE with laser hair removal?
    if so, i'd love to hear your experience. thanks!

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    Originally posted on the beauty blog Grit & Glamour:

    Alice Cooper had it right: Only women bleed.

    And voluntarily sign up, no not sign up…PAY…to have their privates practically electrocuted via laser.

    So here we go. A tale about my first experience with laser hair removal.

    Being a Greek, as many Greek women will tell you, is lovely. The long dark mane, the thick black eyelashes—all good ’cause we still look pretty much like ourselves sans makeup. The downside of that is that most Greeks are also hairy little buggers. Consequently, at least for this Greek girl, the battle of the hair has been a struggle no less epic and absolutely longer than that of the Trojan War. Re-read that: Even the Trojan War only lasted ten years. I’m going on, oh, say, my 25th year in battle. Sheesh.

    So lucky for me, in 25 years’ time, technology has come a long way, and there are now more options than ever to truly denude yourself (and I’ve tried almost every one):
    ■Shaving. Check. Check. Check. Check.
    ■Depilatories. Check.
    ■Waxing. Check. Check.
    ■Electrolysis. Check.
    ■Threading. Dude, it would take a whole spool of thread to do the job right. I don’t think so.
    ■Laser: Ch-ch-ch-ch-e-ck.

    Now given that I’ve had electrified needles stuck in me and hair ripped out of my body in large patches, I am well-acquainted with the pain associated with hair removal. And I’ve discovered I have a pretty high tolerance for it, as well as the ability to completely compartmentalize the fact that my aesthetician is only a piece of paper away from being my gynecologist. So I thought the “rubber-band-popping” pain of laser hair removal would be a piece of cake. I should’ve known better when they offered me the option to purchase prescription-grade numbing cream. Hindsight.


    Regardless, I decide it is finally time to do the laser treatment. In preparation for my first session, I have been instructed to first cleanly shave all the areas I want treated, then apply said numbing cream 30 to 45 minutes prior to my session. Which I do.

    Shaved, slathered, and psyched, I roll into the facility and sign in. They call me back and I’m instructed to just 86 the panties altogether since I’m signed up for underarms and a Brazilian. OK. Done.

    Next, I lay down on the table, my nurse practitioner, Nurse J, hands me some laser sunnies, tells me she’s going to start with the underarms first, and proceeds to spread this clear gel on my right armpit.

    “Are you ready?” she asks.

    “I’m ready.”

    “OK. Here we go.”

    She begins running the laser along the outer edge of my right armpit. I hear crackling sounds, almost like a bug zapper on a hot summer’s night. That’s the sound of my sub-dermal hair being fried. There’s a little pain, but I think, that’s not so bad.

    As she moves the laser more toward the center of my underarm, Nurse J says, “Usually it’s the middle that hurts a little more,” at the same time I start to feel a searing heat that makes me realize my thoughts of this being manageable pain were waaaay premature. As Nurse J continues lasering my right armpit I start to sweat. I start thinking, I paid big money for this torture! Am I mad?

    I apologize for being a baby even though I’ve only let out the occasional semi-squeal. Nurse J tells me I’m doing great, that some people can’t sit still, some literally scream, and a couple have gotten up and cancelled their contracts. Oy vey.

    I’ve realized by now that the numbing cream, their over-the-counter version, is not helping much. But fortunately for me, Nurse J is expeditious and soon the pit pain is over and she’s ready to move to the bikini.

    Gulp.

    Nurse J moves south, and preps me for lasering. Of course, when I relay this story to my favorite Aussie later, in typical boy fashion, he finds it a bit erotic, and I quickly set him straight. Because as soon as Nurse J begins running that laser across my…

    JESUS.

    MARY.

    AND JOSEPH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!

    In the name of all that is holy, I know I’m a sinner, but can someone please rescue me from this pain? Oh HELL! I think, what have I gotten myself into?

    I’ve never had a tattoo, but I think this must be what it feels like. My favorite Aussie says getting a tattoo is like having a hot razor blade sunk into your skin. Hmmm. OK, that might be a pretty accurate description for this as well. ‘Cause I’m feeling like someone has hooked electrodes to the vicinity of my privates and thrown the switch. Snap, crackle, pop! It’s like an electric chair for pubic hair. No, really. Complete with the stench. (You know when you accidentally juice the gas grill up too much, then light it and it ignites wooof in a big ball, and your eyelashes singe off? Yeah, that smell.)

    People, I. Am. DYING!

    Nurse J is sympathetic. “I’ll take little breaks,” she says. Please, can you?

    Oh, what fun I had. And it only got better when I was told to flip over so she could…well, ladies, you know what a Brazilian entails.

    After it was all said and done, as I slathered on a cooling menthol-infused lotion, I thought, How lovely for me. Only six more sessions!

    Nurse J escorted me to the front desk so I could schedule my next appointment. I thanked her for being so fast and professional, then turned to the girl behind the desk:

    “Can I go ahead and schedule my next session?” I ask.

    “Sure. Let’s see, that means April.”

    “Great,” I say. “Um, and can I get some of that prescription-strength numbing cream?”



    PS: It worked.
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    thanks, funny, but is this your direct experience? i mean, are you the author of this article? GG

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    LOL, no. I've never done laser hair removal. I just remembered reading that blog when you asked that question.
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    I have been doing laser hair removal at home and at a spa center for approximately a year now.

    At the spa I have my upper lip, chin, and eyebrows (center) lasered. I've had excellent results. I pay just a bit over $ 30.00 every 6-12 weeks to maintain those three areas. Outside of my appointments I never even think about it. This is a huge improvement having spent years waxing bi-weekly. My skin is baby soft, the black coarse hair entirely gone, and even the peach fuzz is gone with the exception of the stray growth due to hair growth cycles and that gets zapped at my next appointment.

    I do no in-between maintenance nor do I prepare for the appointment in anyway. The only thing I'm conscious of is to not tan (otherwise the laser settings have to be changed and it could mean more hair growth in between sessions). My hair reduction with continued maintenance is darn near 100% (I'd say 99%). By appearance only it is 100%.

    After treatment the hair can remain intact for up to two weeks, though my experience has been the hair is gone within a couple days if it lasts beyond the session. After each session I notice the smell of burnt hair for about an hour afterwards.

    In regards to pain, the only time I find it uncomfortable is when she's targeting the center of my upper lip and when there are patches of hair. I prefer the long-term effectiveness of laser removal over waxing in regards to the face.

    In the home I use i-light for my legs, pits, and bikini area. I've found a huge difference between the two methods of treatment and would not suggest in-home treatment for immediate noticeable results. I wouldn't rate my reduction above 50%, though my legs are close to this after months of use. I've noticed my results are patchier looking (due to the small laser area) and not appealing if you don't keep up shaving along with doing the laser treatments faithfully (every 2 weeks).

    With both treatments you can control the intensity to minimize the pain, but with the reduction comes a chance in it being less effective. Shaving reduces the hair singeing, lol, which is why it's recommended in certain areas, but serves no purpose outside of it that I'm aware of. I find it sort of humorous in the less painful areas (like the calves) to hear the zap sound (like a bug zapper) when it hits a long hair.

    I'm not sure what info you were looking for, but let me know if you're looking for anything more specific.
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    thanks, angel, excellent post. any idea what TYPE of laser is used at your spa? it's MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE here in the san francisco area but i definitely need some work done.

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    GG, you might consider calling Kaiser in SF for a consult. You don't need to be a member. I used Kaiser for my lip filler treatments. Immaculate facilities and awesome staff, highly professional and super nice. I have no idea what the pricing is nowadays, but you could call to inquire:

    Northern California Laser Hair Removal - Kaiser Permanente
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    How 'bout buying one of those No No's? Ok, maybe I watch too many informercials? lol!

    Seriously, I've thought about buying one for my daughter. I'm an Irish redhead but her father was from Syria. She has hair in places that she wishes she didn't. She
    uses Nair but I think those chemicals are horrible for her.

    Other than that, I'm completely clueless about anything besides shaving.

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    hi trish
    i don't watch t.v. so i haven't seen the infomercial but reviews of NoNo's say it's only kindasorta reliable and the bulbs cost a fortune....so, uh, i'll look more into it. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorillagirl View Post
    hi trish
    i don't watch t.v. so i haven't seen the infomercial but reviews of NoNo's say it's only kindasorta reliable and the bulbs cost a fortune....so, uh, i'll look more into it. thanks.
    I know the No No is kind of expensive. I've never checked any of the reviews. Probably most of those home type hair removal systems aren't the greatest.

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    I'm using i-Light Pro (bulbs are 25.00), which is an at home removal system and I have mixed feelings about it. It does work, but it requires constant dedication. Every 2 weeks for about an hour or the results will be a let down. Even when using it as directed it takes a long time to see the results (a couple months, for me) and you will have to continue shaving to avoid patches of hair. Though I didn't expect results like at the spa, I was disappointed at how much time you have to invest and that you have to continue shaving. It was quite expensive ($250), and it is not to be used on the face. I wished I had bought one, like the Tria ($450), which claims you can use it on the face. If you're shopping home units GG most are approved for the body but not the face. If you want one for the face make sure you shop wiser than I did. Having suffered for years with unwanted facial hair, I would've paid almost anything to get rid of it.

    GG, I'm not sure what type of machine she is using, but I'll call when they're open and find out for you. I know they offer IPL (xenon light) services, so it is possible they are using the same machine, but I don't want to say for sure.

    I know their initial package runs over $400.00 and I wouldn't have been able to afford it at that price. I shopped Groupon/Living Social until a special on a hair removal package popped up and bought it. Once I got through the first 6 treatments, the price to maintain dropped considerably to that $30'ish price.

    None of the laser hair removal, including IPL, will provide permanent results. You'll always need to continue maintenance. As far as I'm aware, electrolysis is the only permanent method. That's the only downfall I've found, but I consider that a trade-off I'm willing to make in lieu of constantly waxing/worrying. There were nights I wouldn't go out with my husband because of my embarrassment. I haven't thought about waxing once in the past year and consider it an investment into my mental health.
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    Trust in No-No's name. Its a No No! Doesnt work. Tried it, very disappointed.

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