Over the weekend I had another laser hair removal session and found out afterwards I only have one left! I can’t believe this journey is almost over. It took about a year to get here and it’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever done. I know I’ve said it before but I wish I had done this sooner. My tech actually told me that since everything is going really well, I could probably hold onto that last session for any future touch ups that I might need.
If you’re new here, last year I started laser hair removal on my bikini line area. I was tired of shaving, waxing, and just dealing with all that bullshit. I wanted to just be able to enjoy the summer or any vacations without having to deal with the annoyance of in grown hairs, razor burn, or trying to make sure I remember to schedule a wax. Not to mention those can add up real quick! I was asked what percentage of hair I thought was removed and honestly, I’d go as high as 80%. She thought maybe 60% at my last appointment but I think it’s higher. Obviously I see my body on a regular basis, they only see me every 8-10 weeks. I haven’t had to shave the area in…well I can’t remember the last time I shaved! It’s been glorious! I’ve already started thinking about maybe having some other areas done as well. But we’ll see. Now I’m going to answer some pretty typical questions.
1. How long does a session take?
It’ll depend on the size of the area you’re having done but I’m pretty much in and out in 20 minutes. I even did my last appointment during my lunch break.
2. Does it hurt?
Of course it hurts! Some spots do hurt more than others. They offer a numbing cream as well but I never use that. I feel like it’s more trouble than it’s worth. I just squeeze the little stress balls they give me.
3. Is it expensive?
I’m not going to lie, it’s not cheap. I go to Ideal Image and they offer payment plans. I used my tax refund as well to pay for it. I think my monthly payments were around $80 and the total I think was around $2,000 maybe? And that was for 10 total sessions. It’s been awhile. You can find more affordable options though via Groupon. Just make sure you research the provider! And honestly these places are always having “sales” though I’m convinced the prices are always the same since you don’t get a price until you talk to someone. They aren’t listed on the website or anything.
4. Best time to start?
As soon as the summer ends (if you have seasons and all). You can’t let the area get sunburn or get too much sun in general because it can affect the lasers and cause you to reschedule appointments. So if you’re someone who loves the beach, don’t start this right before pool season thinking you’ll be good to go.
If you have any other questions let me know and I’ll try my best to answer them. It’s not a process that takes up a lot of time, it’s just something that takes time. Does that make sense? And like with anything else, results will vary depending on a number of factors like your skin color, hair, and even things like hormones. My results won’t be your results. And your results won’t be the next persons results. All you can do is hope for the best outcome for you. I admit to being nervous going into this. What if it didn’t work? What if only kinda works? That’s a lot of money to drop on something that you aren’t sure what the outcome will be. Thankfully my fears were quickly put to rest and I can report that it was money well spent.
I’ll be sure to do a follow up post in a few months to talk about any changes that might occur!