My Laser Hair Removal Experience

September 27, 2015

 

 

Your either one of the lucky ones or you're not. I fall into the ‘not so lucky’ category.

 

For as long as I can remember I have been waxing, shaving, plucking, threading. I finally had enough and a few years ago decided to go down the laser hair removal route. Firstly it can be expensive and painful but effective on the ideal candidate; candidates with dark coarse hair. I would recommend you book for a consult if you are interested. If laser is applied to the wrong type of hair it can have the opposite effect and encourage hair growth. 

 

I started with laser hair removal on my face including upper lip, sides, chin. I was always obsessed with being hair free, so had started to wax parts of my face in my teens and I hated having ‘sideburns’ . I wanted to be able to put my hair in a pony tail without being conscious. Over time, my sideburn hairs were not fine and thin and this was really effecting my confidence. I wanted a permanent fix to avoid spending half my life dealing with hair removal. I did my research into laser hair removal and on the whim booked a few sessions with a well known clinic in London to get parts of my face worked on. 

 

I was sold on laser hair removal as being a permanent thing but I soon came to realise that it wasn’t. Initially a minimum of 6-8 sessions are recommended at an interval of 4 weeks. Having only just  finished university at the time,  laser became a little expensive so I decided to go to a place a little cheaper. However I felt that the beautician would retentlessly advice and laser parts of my face I did not desire, neither consent, to be lasered. When you're trying to minimise hair growth, that's the last thing you want. 

 

Since then I have been with a clinic in Marylebone (for the last 3 years) and I can say that I am much happier with the overall results. About two years ago I has 6 sessions done for full legs, bikini, under arms, and forearms. They offer discounts and have looked after me after every treatment. 

 

With my face hair, I still get treatments every 5-6 weeks. In between, any hair growth is much lighter and less noticeable. With my body, I only ever got 6 treatments, but the whole hair texture, growth has changed  and no more ingrowns! Since then I have been much happier and only ever wax. NO MORE SHAVING. What I can say is thats it less of a chore and just easy breezy! 

 

Below are a few things to remember about Laser Hair Removal 

  • The laser beams are zapped onto your skin along with very cold air flushing your skin. The laser feels like small zaps/ elastic band smacks on the skin. Its more painful when the treatment is on skin closer to your bones ( cheek bone, jaw, chin, ankle) 

  • You can only shave the hairs in-between sessions. NO OTHER Hair removal methods . Laser is directed towards the hair follicle. Shaving is the only method that will keep the follicles that are required for laser. 

  • Not to take painkillers before a treatment, without first consulting with your clinic as to which ones are fine to use. 

  • You will need to wear SPF, ALWAYS. Since I started my treatments, I have worn SPF everyday. Not wearing SPF can cause hyper pigmentation on the skin. 

  • You can get burnt! I have been burnt on my upper lip and I have a small scar. I dont know if its because there was some lip balm there or what, but since then I have always ensured I have nothing greasy on my face. 

  • You can't have a laser treatment if you have a tan or are on antibiotics. You need to allow 10-14 days after treatment  has finished and the tan has faded.

  • Not advised to have just before a very sunny hot holiday. 

  • I have had to allow 10 days before or after a laser session to have a facial. 

  • Laser hair removal can make your face go red, blotchy and bumpy (the bumpiness has always been a sign of effectiveness of a treatment) . This does however die down after an hour or so. 

  • You will have to be make up free for all sessions. 

  • Not to wear heavy makeup straight away, as your pores will be open and you do not want to block them. My skin gets quite red so I just use some tinted moisturiser and go straight home. 

  • Not to use any chemical or acid products on your skin prior to treatment. If you're not sure ask your consultant. From other peoples experience and me using Retinol A and AHA Products, I've had to ensure I do not get my skin burnt or swelled up like someone I know ( chip munk faced!) 

 

I am not an expert or beautician so this blog is based on my knowledge and experiences. If you are interested, make sure you do some research and get any queries / questions answered by someone who knows what they are talking about.  

 

I have been having laser done for the last five years and I am lucky enough to have been able to afford the face sessions on a yearly basis (I try and space out the 6 sessions over 1 year).  I am overall very happy with the end results. I am not sure how long I will need the treatments for, as it hasn't been permanent but has reduced hair growth dramatically. 

 

If you have any questions, just drop me an email. I know its a sensitive issue and I have been conscious of it for years but I can say I worry less about it now than ever before. 

 

Sal 

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