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Laser Hair Removal Diary 2010-01-22 09:00:31

Hair We Go: A Diary of Laser Hair Removal

Tria is a gateway drug. Since zapping a bunch of hair with the at-home laser hair removal device, I hardly ever need to shave my underarms. It is oddly pleasing to not think about shaving my pits. (Is this what dudes feel like all the time?) While another Team Bella member has been trying the new generation of Tria for you, I've been entertaining further fantasies of a razor- and wax-free future. Tria isn't approved for use in certain nether regions, so I'm going to a pro for laser hair removal on my bikini line.

The procedure isn't cheap, and part of me cannot believe that I'm spending so much money on defuzzing myself. Then again, that's why I'm doing it. Despite the high price, laser hair removal will pay for itself in a year. Plus, I am lazy; the less time I have to spend dealing with bikini line maintenance, the happier I will be. While it's true that laser hair removal doesn't permanently eliminate all hair, it should reduce enough of it to please me.

It should also hurt like crazy, from what I've heard. Oh, joy. My first session is on Saturday, so I'll keep you posted on the pain — er, progress over the next few months. For now, ask any questions and I'll do my best to report back to you. Here's to a less fuzzy future! Now pass the Advil.

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donnatnyc donnatnyc 7 years
I've been wanting to get a laser treatment for a while and since I plan to start out with my bikini area, I want a professional to do it. I've been doing a lot of research but as a recent college grad, I really can't afford most of them which sucks. I did some googling today (while I was supposed to be working) and I found this amazingg deal! It was for like 80% off 3 treatments. So they're charging $189 for something that costs over a grand. I'd be crazy to pass it up, the site was Just thought I'd pass on the info!!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Actually, I will indeed be in a bikini for most of the following week, so I've already bought lots of SPF 70. Glad to hear it wasn't as bad as you expected. At least it's fast no matter what.
Advah Advah 7 years
I've had laser done and it's definitely not as bad as I expected (and it also goes pretty quickly). My sister had it done too, and apparently some doctors/practitioners (how do you call them?) use a stronger/lighter laser than others, which also makes a difference when it comes to pain. It's probably not really a problem at the moment, but if you have to go outside in a bikini make sure you apply heavy-duty SPF on the zones (or avoid the sun altogether) for a few weeks after the treatment! And good luck!
esweet esweet 7 years
Bella, I've had my underarms and bikini professionally lasered. The first time I used only ice since I did not buy the numbing cream (and you need to apply it 1 to 1 1/2 hours ahead of time) but USE THE CREAM. It really hurts and for such a small region there really are no side effects. I can't tell you how painful the first session was! But everyone IS different, so good luck!!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Oh no, Anonymous. Extremely painful? Did you do anything to ease the pain? My laser tech says that she prefers not to use numbing creams due to the potential health risks (and I like that about her) so it's gonna be just ice tomorrow.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Sourcherries, it cost $1,100 for five sessions; that was with a 15% discount promotion that the med spa ran if you bought a package by the end of December. Like I said, it's a lot of money, so I thought about it for almost a year before deciding to take the plunge. If I get a bikini wax, it's $60 each time plus tip, so around $72. Figuring in the cost of time/travel to the salon, plus razors/shaving cream for underarms, I'd spend about as much on that as I will for laser hair removal. It is definitely a large outlay of cash, but I really hate dealing with body hair. (Very lazy when it comes to this.) Plus, I was incredibly broken-hearted about the end of a long-distance relationship, so I figured, "Well, I'm not spending hundreds of dollars on plane tickets anymore — might as well use that money to do something for myself."
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Good luck, Bella! I've been thinking about this for a while. "Despite the high price, laser hair removal will pay for itself in a year." If it's not too much, can you do a general price break down that motivated you to do the laser? Muchas gracias! And as thanks for bringing us up to date on beauty options.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I hope you're right about the pain. Tria hurt in the same way — quick zaps — so I anticipate a considerable ouch factor tomorrow. I'm with you re: the underarms. It's amazing to see how much nicer it is to not deal with shaving. I still shave, but only maybe twice a month or so. The package I bought is for five treatments on bikini, and they threw in underarm, too. (I figure it can't hurt to have a pro go over my underarms to zap any small hairs I've missed.) We'll see how it all goes...
LaurenRBear LaurenRBear 7 years
I've had both my bikini and underarms done. It really doesnt hurt. its a little zap, well several little zaps but there is no pain after. And within a couple of weeks, its insane how much its reduced my hair. It is really nice not having to worry about shaving everyday. They told me up to 7 treatments, but after one I hardly have any hair left, I'm guessing 3 treatments max, which isn't bad. Worth every penny to never have to worry about shaving again!!!
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