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Have you gotten laser hair removal before? What can you tell me about it? I'm going to my trial tonight and if my skin reacts well (which most likely will), I will be starting treatments next week. AND IM FREAKING OUT!

I'm so super excited as hair growth as been a major self esteem problem for me but also scared of the unknown. I hear it hurts a lot, should I take a pain killer? I'm super shy to the point that while seeing a gynecologist, I wanted to throw up and almost past out. Should I take an anti anxiety (which I do suffer from)?

I'm getting a Brazilian and under arm. Please give me all info I could use and as you can tell I am not anti drug for today's situation...lol
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 24 Apr 2012 3:31 PM
 3 Jan 2006
 Whitby
diva.jen
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Can't help you - at all - but I'll be watching this thread! This is something I want to consider when I do finish losing weight.

But it scares the crap outta me too!
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 24 Apr 2012 3:37 PM
 6 Apr 2012
Goose
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I got laser done (Soprano XL) on my underarms. After 6 sessions, I didn't notice any difference. I have light skin and brown underarm hair. For me it didn't hurt but other types of lasers do hurt quite a bit.

I'm going to try again with the same type of laser on my lower legs.
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 24 Apr 2012 3:56 PM
 25 Feb 2009
 Ottawa
bridetobe2709
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Im in the process of doing my legs. I was told to expect 10 treatments to be hair free. Im two treatments in and I barely notice any hair growth - definitely a huge improvement. I had to shave my legs daily!

Not all lasers are created equal - if the treatments are unusually inexpensive, it may be a red flag that the quality of laser is also inexpensive. The risk in using a "weak" laser is that it maybe only lighten the hair pigment rather than kill the follicle - making your hairs white which you will never be able to remove (the laser only targets dark pigment).

I found the first treatment painful in spots but definitely not unbearable - the second treatment was much easier.

Each treatment takes about an hour and I just bring my iPod and listen to my music - the time seems to fly.

Good Luck!
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 24 Apr 2012 3:57 PM
 10 Sep 2006
 Southwestern Ontario
AJsLove
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I have had it done, full Brazilian and underarms. It kids of feels like being snapped by lots of little elastics, so it doesn't really hurt but can be a bit uncomfortable. Like you feel it and the very next second you don't feel anything, no lingering pain. If you're that uncomfortable with a gynecologist, then yes you should absolutely take anti-anxiety medication. There's no pride having someone laser your girly bits.

I have very light skin and nearly black body hair. I had 8 treatments. I have very little underarm growth now and it's much more fine than it used to be (was quite coarse before). Unfortunately my bikini area you would never know I had it lasered unless you saw it before. It's a bit less coarse so I don't have the problem with ingrown hairs when I shave that I used to have, and I have less hair than before, but I had a ton of hair before so now it's more like average. I would like to try again someday, but the first time I redeemed points and got the treatment for free and the same place doesn't exist anymore (and even if it did with the results I had I probably would want to find a different place anyway). I don't know if I can justify doing it again knowing that I may not get the results I want.
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 24 Apr 2012 3:57 PM
 6 Feb 2006
 Calgary
fancy
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I had my bikini line done about 4 years ago or so. You can buy a topical numbing cream at the drug store called emla (I think)that helps quite a bit. Advil before hand will help as well. It's actually not that painful - like an elastic band snapping your skin. When I had mine done I was supposed to have recently shaved where I wanted the hair removal done. I think I did about 3 sessions before I got pregnant and just haven't been back yet to finish off my sessions. I think I bought 6. Even without having finished there is a noticeable difference. I rarely have to shave my bikini line now - just a few areas that could benefit from finishing the sessions.

For the actual session they were ok with me leaving on my underwear and they moved them around to get where they needed to.
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 24 Apr 2012 4:10 PM
 21 May 2008
 Oakville
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I had my underarms and bikini (full) done. Underarms were pretty tolerable for me. It snapped a bit doing it and didn't hurt again.

The bikini was another story. It was painful but not excruciating getting it done however half an hour later, while driving home, it felt like my hooha was on fire! I literally wanted to run into the nearest grocery store and get some frozen peas to shove down the front of my pants! Half an hour later it went away, but it was an interesting half an hour.

After about 5 sessions, with the girl cranking up the strenght of the laser each time, it was getting pretty painful. The last session I went to I used Emla. Yup, it numbed me. So much so that she cranked up the strength really high and burned me in a couple of places, which was not fun once the Emla wore off. Also, word to the wise, be careful putting it on because it only numbs the area it touches...so if you miss a spot, it will still hurt there.

After all of it, there is still a few stray hairs under my arms. I shave them every few months - they are really light and sparse. My bikini is about 80% gone. There's still some there, not much, and I've never needed to wax since.

I'm not sure how much a brazillian does (like, how far back it goes?), but for me I had nothing on from the waist down and was kinda spread eagle getting it done. Not elegant at all. I just wore a longer shirt.
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 24 Apr 2012 4:11 PM
 12 May 2010
monkeyup
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I had a Brazillian and underarms done. I think I've had about 6 treatments and I've had pretty good success. I have one stubborn spot where I still get a patch of hair growth. I'm not sure if it's because it's stubborn or if the aesthetician misses it. I take pain killers before I go (2 extra strength Advil). Sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn't. It does feel like little tiny elastics being snapped as a PP mentioned. I also feel a bit "burned" afterwards. What does help is trying to schedule the appointments in the middle of my cycle. At other times of the month I'm much more sensitive.

Surprisingly, the part that is the most uncomfortable is across your public bone. That's where all the nerves lie for your clit. That surprised me.

Anyway, it's not so bad and each time you go you feel a bit better. I was really nervous my first treatment. Now it's not so bad.
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 24 Apr 2012 4:58 PM
 21 Nov 2006
 Sherwood Park, AB
LoveSweetLove
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I'm working on the brazilian right now. I have had 2 of 6 sessions. After the 1st session, pretty much anywhere she actually got with the laser has virtually no hair growing back. Unfortunately, she seems to hit and miss the same lines each time. I hope she manages to get it all over the next 4 sessions. I cannot believe how well it works. The place I go to uses the LightSheer laser.
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 24 Apr 2012 5:02 PM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
kalua80
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I heard there are lazy hairs that can take 12 weeks to pop up. Maybe that's why we have number 5 and 6 treatment?
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 24 Apr 2012 5:06 PM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
kalua80
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Well I just looked up the place and it's a huge chain all accross Canada called hummingbird medi spa. Has anyone heard of them. The girl on the phone told me they have many different machines for all types of hair. I can't find a bad review online, but you just never know
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 24 Apr 2012 5:21 PM
 28 Dec 2004
 Laval, Quebec
cypra
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There was a thread on this a few weeks ago. I'll try to find it to see if there is any info that can help.

I'm doing underarm in one place, and full bikini/1/2 leg in another place. Both use laser (diode), one of them is the Duet laser, so it's much bigger (takes less time).

For the full bikini and 1/2 leg, it takes about 15-20min.

I'm particularly sensitive. I use Emla, and it still hurts a little, LOL. I think it's exceptional. And it's worth it! Under my arms, I'm almost done, and I barely ever shave (I used to shave daily).
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 24 Apr 2012 5:28 PM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
kalua80
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Well I'm off for my skin trial. I seriously think I'm going to throw up. I'll let you girls know how it goes
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 24 Apr 2012 5:33 PM
 28 Jul 2011
iseesquared
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I think I'd just ensure you're using a reputable place AND an experienced tech. There was an expose on laser hair removal this weekend on 20/20. They were showing just how easy it is to earn your laser hair removal cert and how the use of the machines (stregnths, rentals) isn't regulated. There ae often burns with lasting scars by inexperienced technicians.

Good luck, I hope it all works out.
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 24 Apr 2012 7:49 PM
 25 May 2009
Blissful1
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I'm getting my underarms and brazilian done. I've had three treatments.

It hurts! Underarms are totally reasonable but the Brazilian is pretty awful in certain areas.

I'm a good candidate. Dark hair and light skin.

I've noticed a good reduction in growth but definitely need a lot more treatments.
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 24 Apr 2012 9:09 PM
 28 Dec 2004
 Laval, Quebec
cypra
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LOL, let us know how it goes!!

Seriously, it's not THAT bad! For me, it hurts more than others, and I still think it's totally worth it.
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 24 Apr 2012 9:24 PM
 30 Dec 2011
Mrs. DLR
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I just read this post - any update on how it went?
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 24 Apr 2012 9:32 PM
 27 Apr 2006
 Ottawa
LittleEarthquakes
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You should know that some people (myself included) get a terrible reaction to the treatments. I've been doing full leg, including bikini. I find it quite painful, but I hate hair so much that I'm okay with the pain. The worst part is that for 2 weeks after the treatments, my legs feel like they're sunburnt and they are incredibly itchy and inflamed. I have to take Benadryl every night or I can't sleep because of the itching.

I go to a physician run clinic and apparently, my reaction is normal, and that those who have the inflammation often have the best results. I've seen a significant reduction in hair so far.
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 24 Apr 2012 10:50 PM
 11 Mar 2009
 the Centre of the Universe
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I've had 4 of 12 sessions so far, full legs, bikini, underarms, and upper lip. It only hurts on my upper lip. If you're clean shaven it hurts less, less hair for the laser to burn=less skin contact with burning hair=less pain.

The "lazy hair" thing is because the laser "activates" all the dormant hair follicles so they suddenly start sprouting...I went patchy after 1 session, then after 3 it all grew in again, now I've gone patchy again.
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 24 Apr 2012 11:12 PM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
kalua80
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Sorry for the late update but I took an anxiety pill to relax me and it knocked me out when I got home. I just woke up...oops!

The test was just on my arm and it did hurt but as much as I thought, I want to get the cream but they are selling it at 40$ wow. Anyone know of a cheaper one?

I decided to get the upper lip done as well. Someone mentioned it's easier when your shaved first, do you shave your upper lip? I have never shaved it before.
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 25 Apr 2012 12:13 AM
 6 Jan 2009
July2010_Bride
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W5 had a story on this on the weekend. After watching that I would not get any laser hair removal. It's not regulated in Canada - some of these spas can rent and operate the machines after 1 hour of training and use machines that shouldn't be used on everyone. Lots of reports of burning, scarring, etc. I would only trust a reputable dermatologist - even one dermatologist in the story had a lot of issues with clients and a ton of complaints.

I get sugaring done every 4 to 5 weeks and I am happy with the results.
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 25 Apr 2012 6:27 AM
 28 Dec 2004
 Laval, Quebec
cypra
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Even Emla is very expensive frown.
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 25 Apr 2012 8:13 AM
 10 Sep 2006
 Southwestern Ontario
AJsLove
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For those that are only a few sessions in and loving the results, that was me too. I remember telling everyone they should do it too after like 2-3 sessions. I had very little growth between sessions and was incredibly impressed but as I said above now you wouldn't even know I had it done. Just something to keep in mind, don't be surprised if you get more hair showing up down the road.
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 25 Apr 2012 8:26 AM
 30 Jun 2008
 GTA
bellybug
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Katosmama - Can you tell me the clinic you went to? I think you mentioned it before but I might be making that up.
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 25 Apr 2012 7:29 PM
 25 Feb 2009
 Ottawa
bridetobe2709
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I personally wouldn't let anyone other than a medical doctor use a laser on my body. Its not like a simple beauty treatment - its a body altering treatment - with the potential of serious physical harm if not executed properly. But that's just my opinion. Until its regulated in this country, I guess it really is "buyer beware"
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
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 26 Apr 2012 7:36 AM
 28 Jul 2011
iseesquared
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Here's the story

W5 - Laser
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 26 Apr 2012 10:09 AM
 29 Mar 2006
 Toronto, ON
jennypea
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my nieghbour is a doctor and surgeon, and he's getting laser in at his clinic for IPL facials etc. I was talking to him last night about it and he said that he is being trained by the nurse rep from the laser company over 2 days, and preforming 4-6 treatments with the nurse. Sounds like a much more comprehensive training than the bare minimum the discussed on W5.

I've had laser hair removal on my bikini and armpits, no side effects at all and so far it's been very effective on the bikini area and less so on the armpit. but I'm only 3 treatments in.
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 26 Apr 2012 1:12 PM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
kalua80
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Does anyone know of a cheap but good numbing cream?
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 30 Apr 2012
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