Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Before After
After years of grin-and-bear-it sessions of waxing my bikini line, which required me to pop an Advil beforehand and hold my breath through the whole ordeal, I finally decided three years ago to give laser hair removal a try. I was hopeful that the promise of it being ‘pain-free’ would be true. And since I spend lots of time in our pool during the summer, the lure of low-maintenance grooming was too good to pass up. I booked a consultation with Eva Jakab, who is one of the laser hair removal technicians on staff at Sanctuary Day Spa in Newmarket, Ont.
She told me I was a perfect candidate for laser hair removal since I have dark hair and fair skin. Because the laser beam emits a light that targets anything dark, such as the hair root, it’s best if skin is a contrast to your hair. ‘People with dark skin run into problems because they’re more difficult to treat, ’ says Dr. Fred Weksberg, a Toronto-based cosmetic dermatologist whose clinic performs laser hair removal. ‘The laser doesn’t know what is skin and what is hair because there is little contrast, ’ so on dark skin there could be more pain and less gain. However, there are now lasers that can treat people who have light-brown skin tones.
The laser works by killing the root of the hair over a few visits. Once the light gets absorbed into the root, it transforms into heat energy. ‘You are heating up the hair root enough to destroy it, ’ says Weksberg. After a few sessions, the root doesn’t grow back’and, voila, hair stops growing.
During my first bikini-line appointment, Eva asked me to wrap myself in a cotton robe and slip on a pair of disposable paper underwear after she’d left the room. Then I lay down on the table.
When Eva returned, she handed me wraparound sunglasses, and put some on herself, to protect our eyes from the laser light. She then applied some gel (the kind used for ultrasounds) to my bikini line. The gel helps to keep the skin cool as the laser heats up, but it also lets the plastic wand move easily across skin.
Next, she made several quick back-and-forth passes with the wand in concentrated areas on my bikini line, and as she did I could feel my skin begin to heat up. (She had told me to shave the area I wanted treated before my appointment, because hair sitting on the surface of the skin would burn when touched by the laser.)
I wouldn’t say it’s completely painless because there is a prickly sensation as the laser goes over your skin, and it can get hot. But I found it to be a much more comfortable way to remove hair than waxing. However, if done by someone who isn’t experienced with a laser, side effects can include blisters, burning or irritation (which can be treated with a cold compress and some Polysporin) or even scarring and discoloration of the skin (which may be permanent). I lay back and tried to relax while Eva went to work. The whole thing took about 15 minutes, and afterwards, except for a bit of redness on my skin’which disappeared an hour after my treatment’I had no sensitivity in the area.