Laser Hair Removal: Session 1
Truth: I’ve always wanted to get laser hair removal done on my arms. It’s been on my list of things-to-do for a very, very long time. And the reason for that is because I consider myself a pretty hairy girl, tbh, and my arm hair has always bothered me. I’ve shaved my arms before, have used Nair and, about three years ago now, began waxing my arms every other month. Nothing really worked to get rid of it. In fact, I think the waxing was making it worse. I started noticing a few months back that I was getting really dry skin on my arms and that I was beginning to get bumps all over them as well every time I waxed.
So, recently, I decided to do something about it – I decided it was finally time to get laser done and went with the experts at Contour Dermatology in Rancho Mirage to do it. They walked me through the process during my consultation and made me feel super comfortable with what the treatments entailed and how the procedure would work. I signed up for a total of three sessions, with my first session scheduled for Saturday, August 3. My next session is scheduled for Saturday, August 31, four weeks after my initial appointment session.
Session 1 Treatment
I have to admit, I was a bit nervous when I got to my appointment. I was nervous about it hurting, or worse, that I would regret doing it later. But those nerves quickly went away.
Upon checking in, the Contour Dermatology staff gave me some numbing cream to put on my arms, which is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED when doing laser hair removal. It helps tremendously with discomfort from the laser zapping away those pesky hairs.
Once I had signed some paperwork and let the numbing cream set in for a bit, it was time to go in for my laser hair removal treatment. My Laser Nurse, Jeana, re-explained the process to me, gave me some anti-laser shades to put on and gave me detailed instructions on what to do after my first treatment.
Then, she went to work.
As she was laser-ing away, you could literally see all the hair burning right off of my arms…and you could smell it too, lol. The whole process was like MAGIC! It did sting a little, but nothing too drastic. In all honesty, I think it only stung because I didn’t get there early enough to let the numbing cream set in for as long as they recommended, which is about an hour (my bad). But to help with the pain, Jeana had me blow some cool air on my arms while the hair removal treatment took place. Doing this definitely helped.
They also recorded some of the experience, as a way to showcase their laser hair removal treatment to potential clients on their social media channels. And all in all, it was a good experience for me. I was happy to let them record my experience as a way to help others decide if laser hair removal is right for them.
In total, the process took about an hour and a half, starting from when I arrived to the time I left.
After it was all over, Jeana reminded that it was ok to shave my arms still, but to not pluck or wax the hair, as this could affect the process since they are trying to kill the root of the hair. She also reminded me to wear sunscreen anytime I am in direct sunlight, especially now thatI am getting these treatments done. She recommended the tinted sunscreen by Elta MD, which is what I’ve been wearing everyday since my first session.
I am very much looking forward to my second session in late August and can’t wait to see how much progress we’ve made in only two treatments. I will also be posting about each session on my blog and social media pages, so stay tuned friends!