I was in college when I first heard about laser hair removal. I was immediately intrigued and knew that was something that I wanted to do in the future. A few years later, I met with Ideal Image and had a consultation for a Brazilian bikini and my under arms. I signed up and had my first treatment that day. After two weeks, I could already see results. What appealed most to me about laser hair removal was that I would not have to fuss with razors, bikini waxes, or take as long to get ready. I would always be bikini ready no matter what. Which living in Florida is a must if you are close to the beach like I am.
At Ideal Image, I had to make sure that I shaved the day before and that the area I was getting treated was not exposed to the sun for about two weeks. I would go in for a treatment every 8-12 weeks. I would have to put on a numbing cream an hour before my appointment. Once there I would wipe off the numbing cream and we would begin the treatment. The staff was always professional and distracted me with conversation as we went through the treatment. At first, the treatments were painless but as they continued, the laser got stronger each time I went. It was painful at times but not more than a few seconds. After the treatment they would offer aloe if you wanted to put it on the area that was treated. Occasionally I would opt to use the aloe.
After I completed my treatments with Ideal Image, I could see a difference in the texture of my skin and coloring in the areas that I had treated. My skin was smooth and there was no pigment from any hair follicles. I was so happy with my results. I wanted to continue treatments with other parts of my body like my legs but I was very busy with work and had just started graduate school so I decided I would eventually go back.
Laser by Nicole
While working in sales a few years later I had a client that I was working with that had just opened up her own laser hair removal business. Again, I was intrigued and began to probe her for questions regarding which treatments she did and pricing. She was significantly more affordable than Ideal Image. I thought she was joking when she first quoted me a price for my legs. I had wanted to go back and do my legs for some time now. However, I was nervous about going to her with just being open for a month. I went home, did my research, and looked up her business. After contemplating for about a week, I decided to try her out.
Currently, I am still going to Nicole for my leg treatments. I am almost done. So far, I am extremely happy with the results.
At Laser by Nicole, she uses a completely different laser than the one they used at Ideal Image. With Nicole, I do not have to put numbing cream on or anything. All I have to do is make sure that I shave the day before and that the area I am getting treated has not been exposed to the sun for about two weeks, similar to Ideal Image. Nicole puts a water-based ultra sound gel all over my legs prior to getting started. Next Nicole gently moves the laser across my legs in an upward and downward movement. I feel no pain at all. Two weeks after my first treatment the hairs on my legs were falling out on their own. At Ideal Image the laser would get stronger as I continued my treatments, that’s not the case with Nicole. The laser remains at the same level.
Now a misconception that I want to address with laser hair removal is that it lasts forever. Yes, essentially that is the idea however, that is not the case. Your body goes through stages in your lifetime, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and or mid life crisis. There is the potential for spots of hair re-growth to happen over time. However, at both Ideal Image and Laser by Nicole they offer touch ups for a small fee.
This, by far has been one of the best investments that I have ever made. I highly recommend it. Since we’re on the topic of hair. See these other posts where I go over my hair care routine and the keratin treatment.