Shaving and waxing are one of those things that seem unavoidable as a woman.
Time consuming, expensive, painful, annoying, unpleasant, inconvenient- all frequently associated with shaving and waxing- and with no end in sight!!
Hold up- there actually is an end in sight if you consider laser hair removal!
Imagine having that freshly shaved/waxed confidence ALL the time.
Yeah, I wouldn’t mind that one bit.
Here’s what I’ll cover here:
- Each round of treatment
- Does it hurt?
- How many treatments do I need?
- Why Ideal Image?
- How do I know if I qualify for laser hair removal?
- What is the cost like?
- How long does the treatment take?
- How does it compare to MedSpas?
My Ideal Image journey
I wanted to write a blog post where I could keep you all updated on my laser hair removal journey with Ideal Image! So here goes!
First, can I just say that if you are considering laser hair removal, just consider how much of a difference it can make!
No shaving/waxing/Nairing… Instead you can have a boost of confidence in that tank top or whatever it is you’re wearing. The difference is profound, almost painless, and so easy!
Anyway, I started my Ideal Image experience in March 2018.
Fast forward a year and the results speak for themselves!
I started off getting complimentary laser hair removal for my underarms as a promotional deal, but added my bikini line (which I paid for out of pocket) because I loved it so much!
The Steps (as experienced by me) after my first treatment
- Get laser hair removal. To prepare for this, you just need to shave the morning of the treatment.
- Leave the hairs alone for at least a few days before shaving them. During this period, the existing hairs start growing out as they fall out.
- Your hairs start falling out a bit at a time (it takes 2-3 weeks for the hair to shed). DO NOT pluck them or get them waxed!
- Once they’ve all come out, this is followed by a 3-5 week period where I don’t see any hair at all!
- After that, when the next hair cycle starts kicking in, I see really thin, light hairs starting to grow. You can definitely shave them! Fewer hairs grow back compared to what you had originally.
- They start getting a bit darker and thicker by the time your second treatment comes around. Make sure you avoid sun exposure on your underarm area a few weeks prior to your next treatment!
My second laser hair removal treatment was not as painful as the first one (not that it was super painful on the first go-around, it just was less this time!). My nurse said that usually the second one can hurt more because they increase the voltage– but I didn’t get that feeling. Maybe it was because I knew what to expect, or maybe it was just that I had fewer hairs to zap this time around. Either way, it wasn’t as intense!
I’m currently at the cool stage where the little hairs are slowly coming out. I love this stage because it really fascinates me to see less and less hairs on my underarms each day. That might be weird, but I just love seeing the results!
And of course I love the completely hairless stage. It’s unreal to think that after all of my treatments are done, the hairless stage will be permanent!
Guess what! I love my underarm hair removal so much that I’m added on my bikini line!
What I noticed: to me, bikini definitely stings more than underarms.
I think it’s just the nature of the hair down there.
Beauty is pain, y’all.
And it’s totally worth it in my book if I can avoid awkward razor burn down there…
Laser hair removal is just the best beauty expense out there in my book.
I go so long without having to shave, and when I do, it’s tiny hairs that I don’t even realize are there until I look carefully.
On my bikini line, I’ve notice that the hair takes even longer to grow back than for my underarms- the treatments are working so well!
Rounds 7-9 (my current stage)
I have now been done with my underarm treatment for three months, and have noticed some light underarm hair growth.
However, in the same three months without laser hair removal (due to current world events), I haven’t noticed any bikini line hair growth at all! And I’m not done with my bikini yet- I still have three more sessions to go.
Why? Well, apparently some areas are tougher to treat than others, and it does vary from person to person.
My Ideal Image nurse explained to me that sometimes if people have both areas treated, they might notice that one area is more effective than the other.
That was definitely my case.
And honestly I’m really happy that my bikini is the more effective of the two with laser hair removal treatment!
Bikini has always been more problematic for me (razor burn, the unplanned times you end up in a swim suit, etc.), so I’m ecstatic with the results.
1. Does it hurt?
This was the number one question asked by my friends and family.
I’d describe the pain as a mild to moderate pin-prick sensation. Most of the moderate pain is in the center of your underarm, and the mild pain is around the edges.
If you’re afraid of pain like I am, don’t worry! It only lasts for about 30 seconds. Then it’s over and it’s on to the next underarm.
Afterwards, for about an hour or so (for me at least) there was a very mild stinging sensation- emphasis on very mild. It faded pretty quickly.
By the time my second treatment came around, I no longer had a mild stinging sensation afterwards.
2. How many treatments do I need?
The package with Ideal Image comes with 9 treatments, though most people only need around five.
The experts at Ideal Image assess you to make sure that you’re completely done with your treatment.
You’ll notice less and less hair growing back after each treatment.
And the reason for multiple treatments is due to the hair growth cycle. The lasers only get hair follicles that are in the active stage.
3. Why Ideal Image?
When it comes to any sort of treatment on your body, you want the best of the best. You definitely want to be in good hands.
And the great thing about Ideal Image is that they give you treatment options that are catered to you, and use medical grade machines.
There are different types of laser hair removal machines. Most medspas use IPL (Intense Pulse Light) for hair removal and it is less effective (and more painful!) than lasers.
But at Ideal Image, they use medical grade machines that are used by medical professionals. And that’s another reason- Ideal Image only uses licensed medical professionals to perform treatments. You won’t find that at many other medspas.
At Ideal Image, these medical professionals have performed over 6 million laser hair removal treatments.
It definitely gives you confidence in what they are doing!
4. How do I know if I qualify for laser hair removal?
You’ll want to go in for a consultation.
The best combination for laser hair removal is dark hair and light skin (though Ideal Image is able to treat both darker skin tones and lighter hair unlike most medspas!).
Once you’re done with your consultation, you can get your first treatment done on the same day.
5. What is the cost like?
Honestly, it varies based on what you need done and what specials are going on.
I’d reccommend setting up a consultation at your local Ideal Image.
I went to the new Fort Worth location, where I worked with Dede, Mindy, and Molly. These ladies are the sweetest, and made me feel right at home!
While I don’t know the cost of my underarm treatment since it was comped, I did pay for my bikini line treatment.
I did a payment plan (with zero interest) where I paid $100 a month for my bikini line, and total cost was $1261.
Worth EVERY PENNY to me!
There was a special going on, so I don’t have a hard and fast answer for how much bikini usually costs, but this is just to give you a very rough idea of how much Ideal Image treatment costs for your bikini line.
You could pay way more, the same, or less.
It really depends on the type of treatment you’ll need based on skin tone, hair type and whether there are any specials going on- so don’t be surprised one way or the other!
Either way, the consultation is worth it and you’ll get to see how much your individual treatment will cost.
And keep in mind that you should be able to set up an easy payment plan with low monthly payments.
6. How long does the treatment take?
I was at Ideal Image for about an hour for my very first treatment, and much less for following treatments.
You spend forty minutes in the consultation, where they make sure you are a good candidate, explain the procedure, etc.
Then you spend about five minutes with the nurse to verify that you’re ready for the treatment.
After that, you get your laser hair removal package set up and confirmed. You are then ready for the actual procedure, which takes about three minutes total.
And voila! Your first treatment is done!
Following treatments take about 15-30 minutes from the time you step in the door to the time you leave (in my experience).
7. How does it compare to MedSpas?
I wanted to get a full scoop on MedSpas vs. Ideal Image for you all (and for myself to know!).
I called a few local MedSpas inquiring about getting my bikini line done to see what answers they had to my questions.
There are some great deals on Groupon for MedSpa laser hair removal, and since these deals are probably the ones most people opt into, I figured I’d ask exactly what you can expect with them.
One office didn’t give much information, but the other was pretty helpful. The lady I talked to at Ultimate Image MedSpa explained that their goal is hair REDUCTION. After all of your treatments you can expect less hair in the future, but it’ll be back this time next year.
So the only time you don’t have hair is that sweet spot when the existing hairs have fallen out and the next round have not grown in yet.
The reason for the temporary nature of the MedSpa treatments is due to the quality of laser machine they are using. Meanwhile, at Ideal Image, they offer a Lifetime Membership for treated areas as a guarantee that the hair removal is permanent!
After considering the options, I decided to get underarm hair removal with the laser hair removal center ranked number one in the US: Ideal Image.
I hope this conveys how much I’m loving my Ideal Image treatments, and how much I recommend it to you all!
I’ll keep posting more questions as I think of them during my future laser hair removal treatments, and keep you all updated on the results!
Please comment if you have any questions you’d like me to try to answer for you based on my experience!