Only got hair on my head, legs and ok — maybe a few other places haha! But no more unwanted hair on my lip, chin, under arms or bikini line. Goodbye wax appointments. Goodbye shaving. Let’s talk the benefits of laser hair removal girlfriends and my experience of having it done at Etoile Cosmetic Medicine Studio.
WHERE TO GO FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL
So let’s start off with where to go for laser hair removal. I had gone to Etoile Cosmetic Medicine Studio for lip fillers, cheek fillers and Xeomin treatments over the past year and a half. Dr. Gangi as you know from past posts is always super professional and puts so much love and care into whatever treatment she is doing on her patients. Aside from injectables, Dr. Gangi also offers laser treatment and laser hair removal.
Not every studio who offers laser hair removal uses the same equipment. Etoile uses Lumenis’ LightSheer system which is the gold standard in laser hair removal. It uses superior photo epilation through its state-of-the-art 810nm diode laser technology. Lumenis is known as the pioneer and industry leader for laser hair removal. It’s technology is the most effective in permanent reduction of unwanted hair. So in other words, Dr. Gangi uses THE BEST technology when it comes to LHR (laser hair removal).
AREAS THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM LASER HAIR REMOVAL
- UNDER ARMS & ARMS
- BIKINI LINE, BRAZILIAN
- NECK AND EARS
The benefits of laser hair removal is never having to wax or shave certain areas on your body ever again. Tired of those 6 week appointments of having your lip waxed? Tired of having to run to get bikini waxes all summer long? And are you tired of shaving your underarms almost every single day? Yup me too. All these areas can benefit from LHR.
REASONS TO HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Aside from never having to wax or shave certain areas again there are actually lots of additional benefits of laser hair removal. One of the driving factors for me personally — ingrown hairs. I have always been prone to them on my bikini line. Ingrowns are caused from hair getting trapped so removing the hair from my bikini line has finally stopped me from getting ingrowns like I used to.
While there’s a cost to having LHR done you’ll save a ton of money over time from never having to schedule wax appointments again. Those waxing appointments add up quickly!
And in this age of Covid, you won’t have to go to wax studios and have close contact with the person waxing you anymore. No more hair = no more wax appointments!
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT
Once you have made the great decision to have LHR done you’ll want to refrain from tweezing or waxing the area to be treated for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your appointment.
You’ll also want to avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and self tanners for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to treatment. It’s crucial to avoid these things throughout the course of your treatment as well.
If you are treating facial areas you’ll want to refrain from using Retin-A, AHAs and BHAs for 48 hours prior to treatment.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL
After you consult with Dr. Gangi over your LHR needs she’ll begin the treatment. Remember not to wear any deoderant, lotions or perfumes to your appointment and to have a few weeks worth of hair growth on the areas you’ll be having treated.
Dr. Gangi will give you goggles to wear if she is doing laser on your underarms or face area. This is to protect your eyes from the light.
You’ll feel a slight zing sensation as she zaps the areas but it’s honestly not painful at all. The zap is so quick that by the time you register it the zap is done. Hope that makes sense. I personally found my lip and chin to be the least sensitive. Bikini line was mildly sensitive but my underarms are probably where I felt the most sensitivity. Again, this isn’t a painful treatment at all. Once the treatment is done Dr. Gangi will put some aloe gel on the areas and you’ll be on your way.
To be honest, I wasn’t red or irritated at all. I went back to wearing makeup right away. You’ll obviously want to stay out of the sun if you have treatment on your bikini line (more on that later in the post). There is no down or recovery time with LHR.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL YOU NEED
I had a total of 6 treatments over the course of the year to complete my laser hair removal. Hair grows at a staggering rate in a a hair growth cycle. Some hairs are actively growing while others are dormant. This is why you’ll need several treatments to catch each hair as it enters the “active” growth phase. Most patients require six hair removal treatments at a 4-6 week interval.
I had begun my first treatment in the winter and by spring my treatments were done. I don’t recommend having LHR during the summer as you’ll have to stay out of the sun. Ideal time to start your treatment plan is winter, spring or in the fall once your tan has faded.
Do not worry if you don’t get all 6 treatments in by summer though. I had completed 5 treatments and the hair was just about gone. I then went back recently to have my final treatment done after a few months in between.
While significant hair regrowth is not typical after 6 treatments you can also have a maintenance treatment at 6 months to a year if you notice any small hair breakthrough. Again, not typical but that touch up might be all you need to finally zap a goodbye to all those unwanted hairs!
CONTACT ETOILE COSMETIC MEDICINE STUDIO
Easily one of the best investments I made was to have laser hair removal done. I’m no longer getting ingrowns, and I no longer have to worry about wax appointments. My only regret was waiting so long to have it done! With spring being here now is the perfect time to start your laser hair removal treatments. Don’t go another summer with unwanted hair. Contact Dr. Gangi at Etoile to start your treatment plan below.
ETOILE COSMETIC MEDICINE STUDIO WEBSITE HERE
CALL ETOILE COSMETIC MEDICINE STUDIO AT 973-668-9106
**In collaboration with Etoile Cosmetic Medicine Studio. As always, all statements and opinions are my own.