My First Laser Hair Removal Session

I was really excited to go in for my first laser hair removal session! Even though I’m in Florida, and it was 80 degrees out, I decided to wear pants and a long sleeve shirt to the appointment. I figured that my skin might look sort of red and weird after the session, so I’d spare everyone on the bus from having to look at it. I arrived and the laser tech introduced himself to me and brought me in to the room where the procedures are performed. I was glad that my laser tech turned out to be a guy and not a girl. I don’t know why, but I think I would have been much shyer around a girl laser tech. Anyways, my laser tech turned out to be awesome! He made me feel very comfortable about having this done. He does this all the time, so it wasn’t anything new for him. He’s seen it all. He was very professional and good with the laser, but he was also very relaxed and easy to talk to, which made me less nervous about this whole thing and made it that much more enjoyable. Before we started on my arms, he put this “ultrasonic gel” over the areas. It’s supposed to help keep the skin cool and it actually serves as his guide for the laser by following the paths created as he passes it over the skin.

So what did the laser feel like? It feels like quick zaps of heat to your skin! That’s all. In certain areas it did sting, because more hair equals more pain, and certain areas are obviously more sensitive than others. Some areas on my upper arms/legs hurt more than others and my legs seemed to give me the most pain because I had A LOT of hair. So it was expected and I tolerated it. Next time I think I’ll remember to take a couple aspirin before the session though. I felt like the worst part was actually when the tech put the cooling gel on my legs! It was a little hot in the room and the stuff was cold! I hate stuff like that. Like walking into a cold pool slowly, when I’d rather just jump right in and get the shock over all at once. The coolest part of the whole procedure was watching what happens as the laser goes over the areas. I could see my hair literally jumping out from its “capsule” as it was zapped. The tech said that this was a good reaction. Seeing your unwanted hair coming out of its follicle was pretty cool.

My whole procedure, full legs and arms, took just over two hours! I don’t know why, but I always expected this to take a good four or five hours. The laser tech reminded me multiple times to stay out of the sun, keep moisturized and to use sun block! It’s going to be hard to stay out of the sun living in Florida, but I went and bought SPF 30 sunblock and some aloe vera right after leaving my appointment. He also recommended that I drink a lot of water and Gatorade to stay hydrated. Pumping so much heat into your body may give some people a minor heat stroke according to the tech. Most people don’t even get both their legs and arms done in the same day, because the heat might be too much all at once. But I honestly felt fine and wouldn’t have wanted to break it down into two sessions.

So anyways, the first few hours after leaving my skin was skin noticeably red in areas! It didn’t hurt, it was just red. Within about 6-7 hours everything started to go down a little. By the morning I’m guessing everything will be fine.

How do I feel on my first night on the road to less body hair? I feel amazing! I want to just stand in the mirror and look at myself because I think I look so much better without excessive body hair! I feel so much more confident. So confident that I spent half the day working in my apartment in nothing but a pair of briefs. I feel like a million bucks right now and my self confidence level is so much higher. I’m proud of myself for simply making the call yesterday and following through with everything after years of procrastinating. I’m already debating with myself if I should get other areas worked on next time, like the hair on my upper chest/lower neck that’s creeping upwards, my armpits and maybe my “happy trail”. I think my armpits are definitely excessively hairy and would be a good area to have done, at least a few times, but I think it might be uncomfortable dealing with the prickliness in that area for a while afterwards! I’m also a little worried about my arms and legs being prickly in the next 6 weeks before my next appointment. But hopefully it won’t be that bad.

I took these photos to show the redness an hour after my first session. Click the pictures for a larger image.

Laser Hair Removal Session 1

Laser Hair Removal Session 1

Laser Hair Removal Session 1

Laser Hair Removal Session 1

Laser Hair Removal Session 1

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