The day before I went on my trip to Montreal I started the process of having underarm laser hair removal. Something I’ve been wanting to do for years! I had my first treatment at The Ten Spot’s newest location in Bedford (located on the corner of Bedford Highway and Hammond Plains Road) as part of their media event.
It was the absolute perfect timing, as one of the reasons I hadn’t done it up until now is because my skin is so sensitive. I was afraid I’d have a reaction. As a fitness instructor, I sweat a lot and having irritated underarm skin makes for a bad combo, but since I was going to be on vacation, it didn’t really matter if I had a bit of a reaction. See what I mean? Perfect timing!
Prior to my appointment, I asked my followers on Instagram what questions they had about laser hair removal and while I shared those on Instagram last weekend, I decided it would be good to compile them in a blog post as well. This way I can also use this post as a place to record my journey as I continue with appointments over the coming months, so you can easily refer back to it for updates.
Underarm Laser Hair Removal – Your Questions Answered!
Since I’m only undergoing treatments for underarm laser hair removal all of the questions & answers below relate directly to having that area treated, as I have no experience with legs, bikini, arm, face, etc.
How much does it cost?
In my area (Nova Scotia, Canada), underarm laser treatments are around $100 per session. I’ve checked a few local places and they all seem to be around the same. There are deals that pop up occasionally for buy two, get one half off or something similar so it might be worth keeping an eye out for those. One thing I really like about The Ten Spot is you can purchase a single session as you go. Lots of places require you to purchase a package, but with The Ten Spot, you make your appointments as needed. Easy as pie!
How many treatments do you need?
I’ll update this as I go, but this is definitely not a “one and done” situation. Having said that, there is a noticable difference even after only one treatment. It is one week later and while I still need to shave, instead of needing to shave daily (hello super pale skin and black hair), I can now easily go 3 or more days with less growth than I would have had after one day.
How painful is it?
I feel like your underarm skin is tougher than some other areas would be, so while it wasn’t a pleasant experience, it was over so quickly you barely have time to think about it and it’s done. Seriously, one side took about 30 seconds total, and that 30 seconds consisted of 5 or 6 areas being treated. The best I can describe it as is a cross between a pinch and a light static electricity shock. Neither are enjoyable, but they also aren’t something that you’ll be dwelling on. Getting a flu shot is much more unpleasant if you ask me.
I found the sensation more weird than painful because you can almost feel the little individual hair follicles getting zapped.
It did seem like the second side hurt a bit more than the first, but that might have been my mind playing tricks on me. We are talking a very moderate difference–if there was one at all.
How many treatments do you need?
This, I can’t really answer yet as everyone is different and I don’t know what my experience will be. I likely will benefit from the fact that I do have such pale skin and dark hair because it’s easier for the laser to target, but I am expecting to have to go at least 3-4 more times. I’ll be sure to update this one as I go!
What do I need to know/do before I go?
You’ll want to shave the night or morning before your appointment, but it’s likely they will quickly run over the area again before your treatment to make sure there is as little hair as possible. You want the laser to focus on the follicle not the hair on the surface.
What can I expect after a treatment?
Your underarms will likely be a little bit sore or tender. The sensation was quite similar to having a light sunburn. I didn’t find it really bothersome and it wasn’t bad enough that I thought about it or felt like I needed to put something on it.
You’ll want to avoid deodorant for the rest of that day and maybe a day or so afterwards (depending on how sore you are) simply because of the irritation.
Other than that, you will continue to shave as usual-no waxing or tweezing as you need to keep the hair follicle intact. They also say no self-tanner for two weeks and be sure to use a minimum of SPF 45 if you’ll be in the sun.
How do I know when to go for my next treatment?
This one is easy, set a reminder in your calendar to make an appointment in 4-6 weeks. That’s how long it takes for the hair cycle to start all over again.
Honestly, I really don’t mind shaving my legs, but I am so excited about going through the laser hair removal on my underarms. Why? As a fitness instructor I sweat a lot and in the summer often end up with ingrown hairs from shaving that are painful and difficult to deal with. It’s going to be SO NICE not to deal with that in the summers to come. I can’t wait!
Obviously, it was definitely a perk that I was gifted the first treatment from The Ten Spot, which made it a no-brainer decision to finally start something I’ve been wanting to do for so long.
The Ten Spot does have a referral program, so if you do decide to visit The Ten Spot in Bedford, tell them I (Suzi Fevens) sent you, and give them my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org and we will both earn $10 credit!
Disclosure: While my first laser treatment was gifted to me along with a gel manicure from The Ten Spot Bedford, I was not required to write this blog post, and future treatments will be paid for by me personally. As always, all opinions shared are entirely my own.