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The 411 on Laser Hair Removal

If you’ve ever wondered about laser hair removal, I’m here to tell you it was the answer to my hair removal needs. I am Italian-American so I was born with thick, dark hair…everywhere. I can remember my legs were so hairy in the fourth grade that my brother told me I looked like a boy in a dress. That night, I was so upset, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I called my friend to come over for moral support, grabbed a razor and shaving cream, filled the tub with water, and went to town. I can still remember how smooth and amazing my legs felt that very first time. Every knick and cut was worth it not to have hairy legs.

A couple years after I graduated high school, I got into modeling. I was looking through pictures from an early photoshoot, and all I could notice were my hairy arms. From that moment on, I added shaving my arms into my daily shaving regimen. I’ve always said that if I was stranded on a desert island, the one item I would need is a razor. I never really minded shaving but I have struggled with terrible razor burn, irritating bumps, and ingrown hairs in my underarms. Not the most glamorous image, I know, but I want to be real with you. For me, my underarms were a major problem and made me terribly self-conscious, so, I decided to try laser hair removal. If you are anything like me, and are not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, then laser hair removal may be an option for you, too.

What is laser hair removal?

Removal lasers target melanin, the pigment that gives your hair its color. During treatment, the laser focuses a highly concentrated beam of light directly to the hair follicle. This is done in pulses to the entire area to be treated. Over time, the hair follicles are damaged and hair growth stops. If you desire long term hair removal results, this is the method for you.

A picture of laser protective eyewear and a robe.

At AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa, patients are given special goggles and cover-us to use while laser treatments are being performed

Can anyone get laser hair removal?

Since the laser targets melanin, it is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair.  When considering laser hair removal, it’s important to identify your skin type. I would suggest visiting AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa in Horseheads, NY, or a professional near you to identify whether or not you are a candidate for laser hair removal.

What areas can I have laser hair removal?

As far as I know, most all your beautiful, hairy body is fair game. If you have the money and the time, I say get your laser on.

And laser treatments are capable of addressing more than just hair removal needs. They can help with leg spider veins and facial veins, cherry angiomas, and skin pigmentation issues. AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa offers treatments and packages for each of these different situations.

Picture of a patient being prepared for laser hair removal

An AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa technician readies the author for her laser hair removal treatment.

How quickly will I see results?

Laser hair removal requires multiple treatment sessions. Treatments are scheduled four to six weeks apart. It’s important to remember results will vary for each person because we are all different. For me, I completed a series of five treatments, but didn’t see noticeable results until after my third treatment. The first treatment rarely produces a visible result. You will need multiple treatments to continue to attack the hair follicle.  Just be patient.

Does it hurt?

My technician described it like a warm rubber band snapping against your skin. I can say I agree that is an accurate description. It wasn’t anything unbearable but everyone’s pain tolerance is different. If you do find it uncomfortable, you can usually request a numbing cream for the skin.

Picture of a patient receiving laser hair removal of the armpit.

A technician from AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa expertly applies the laser treatment to the author’s underarm area.

How long does it take?

A laser treatment is surprisingly quick, depending on your technician’s style and how much area needs to be treated. I’ve been in and out in under 10 minutes.  It only takes a second per zap and no area is zapped twice. It’s something that fits into my busy schedule and I can schedule the treatments on my lunch break.

How much does it cost?

Prices range anywhere from $25-$300 for a single treatment depending on where you go and the area being treated. I got a great package at AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa for $440 for five sessions to target my underarms. I found that buying a package saves money and keeps you committed to the whole process.

Where can I get it done?

I personally go to AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa at their Horseheads location for their laser hair removal services. They have two locations, AgeLess SPA at Radisson Hotel Corning, in Corning, NY, and AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa, but only their Horseheads, NY, location offers this treatment. To me, the spa is convenient to get to, clean and the service providers are professional and motivated to give you the best results.  If you do not live in the area, make sure to explore your options and find the spa with the best reviews. You want to make sure it’s a place with licensed technicians that are experienced.

Is there pre or post care?

Once you decide you want to give laser hair removal a try you will schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate.  Before your first appointment, you will need to shave the area you want lasered a day or two before your appointment.

Also be sure to:

  • Avoid tanning, including airbrush tanning at least four weeks before or after a treatment.  Tanned skin increases skin tone. Darker skin absorbs most of the laser beam’s energy making hair removal difficult.
  • Avoid heat treatment like hot showers, steam rooms and saunas for at least 24 to 48 hours.
  • Avoid laser hair removal if you are on any antibiotic medication. This should be upheld for another two weeks after finishing the medication.
  • You can apply an ice pack on the treated skin to reduce any pain.
  • Avoid waxing, tweezing or electrolysis as the laser hair removal needs intact hair follicles to be effective.
  • If you are going to get your underarms done, avoid deodorant and perfume use before the procedure.
  • If you get facial hair removed, keep away from topical medication, such as anti-acne creams.

*It’s important to note that your technician may give you specific instructions in addition to or other than the above.

Picture of Alisa Marie after laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal from AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa solved my biggest problem areas.

I no longer suffer with terrible razor burn and ugly red bumps under my armpits. I’m very happy with the results of my laser hair removal treatments and I’m confident you will be, too.  I’m sending my best wishes to you if you decide to go through with it, and please let me know how it goes for you in the comments below! Use the promo code SHINE10 and receive 10% off your next treatment at AgeLess Spa!

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