Monday, May 01, 2006

The Post That Will Not Be of Interest to Any Man.

Last week, I made the big decision to get laser hair removal on my legs. I made this decision based on a variety of reasons, but mostly because I hate the act of shaving but also hate the feeling of unshaved legs. Yes, I set the feminist movement back about fifty years, but I am a big fan of smooth and silky. So I was sitting in the chair, getting ready to begin the process, and the PA (I don't know what that stands for, but that's what she called herself) asked if I was prepared for the pain. This was after they had used topical anesthetic and ice to numb my legs. Was I ready? Lady, I get hairs forcefully ripped out by the root with hot wax in some very delicate areas on a regular basis. Yes, I think I can handle it.*


*And I could. It didn't hardly hurt at all, really.


25 comments:

NCTRNL said...

I had heard a lot of stories about it hurting pretty badly. I guess they didn't have the same hair removal experience that you have...

Anonymous Midwest Girl said...

I had heard that too, but I guess not everywhere offers topical anesthetic, which makes a huge difference.

Anonymous said...

How much does that cost?

jemison said...

"PA" stands for Physician's Assistant.

Anonymous Midwest Girl said...

Anonymous, I paid for a six-treatment package, which is about 1,200.

Chris said...

So, can you get that anywhere, or just your legs? Because ever since I turned 30, I've got these weird hairs on my back and shoulders that I'd love to make go away permanently.

Anonymous Midwest Girl said...

Chris, you can get it anywhere!

~The Goofy Ass Chick said...

I wonder how much it would be to have the legs, armpits, and the nether regions all done. Hmnn...

Gadfly said...

Do they have "silverback gorilla" pricing?

Although my gf loves the chest hair... I wonder if it would look weird with a smooth back and a pelt of chest hair? Maybe that would be OK.

But what about a smooth back and a hairy butt? That wouldn't look right at all. I'd have to do the butt too, and that would be so gay.

Hmmmm...

I suppose all of this is a bit too much information.

mysterygirl! said...

I've always wondered about this process. I'm glad that you haven't had much pain!

Neil said...

And how long does it last? Do you have to go back in, say, six months?

hanmee said...

I've been wanting to do this forever!

Did you do your entire leg length or up to the knee or what? Also, how bad did it hurt? And if you don't mind saying, how much did it cost and will you have to go back for any followups?

I told Tarzan I want this done after the baby is born - I feel this is a justified "cosmetic" treatment since I wouldn't be spending time in the bathroom shaving all the time (I am one hairy beast - nice black hair against my ghostly skin, too).

And don't think you've set back the feminist movement - sometimes people (esp. militant feminists) forget that it's about women having the right to do whatever they want.

Brianne said...

Honey, feminism does not require hairy legs.

Was it worth it? The money I mean. I have to scrimp to get the money for a pack of razors much less laser hair removal!

Yowza!!! Just saw the price tag for that above.... $1,200?? Wow!

Anonymous Midwest Girl said...

Goofy Ass Chick - I'm trying to remember, but I priced all that stuff out. Full leg is like $2100, 1/2 leg is $1200, and armpits and bikini are maybe $700ish each. Those are all prices for the six-treatment packages. And I think you get a discount for multiple areas.

Gadfly - They do backs, but I didn't price it out, since I'm lucky enough to have a hairless back. :) The butt/back/chest thing, though...well, you'll have to provide pics so we can all decide for you.

Neil - It's permanent!!! Yay!!!!

Chunky - I just did up to the knee, because (TMI coming up) the hair on my thighs is really light and fine, and it doesn't work well on that kind of hair. But black hair on pasty skin? That's ideal.

Brianne - I've only done one treatment so far, and it takes three or four to really see the big results. I go every other month for a year, so ask me if it was worth it this time in 2007. Hopefully the answer will be a resounding yes, or I'll be a very broke sad lady.

HomeImprovementNinja said...

Why can't ALL women get their leg hair lasered off. Tell everyone you know about this post. THe message must spread, far and wide.

(hehehe..I just mentioned legs and spread wide int the same comment).

the belligerent intellectual said...

Are no other guys offended by the suggestion that we would not be interested in this? I've had a pedicure before, you know, and it was positively delightful.

hanmee said...

Belligerent Intellectual: Perhaps you can convince my hubby to get a pedicure. I've tried b/c I am tired of being slashed by his Wolverine-like hind claws, but he finds the idea of it distasteful.

AnonMidGirl: Good to know. I would have gone whole leg, but I don't usually need to shave past just above the knee either. Now the bikini line and armpits?! I am there.

Zepplinlady said...

Laser hair removal sounds nice! Too bad I'm among the poverty-sticken workers who'll never ever be able to retire until...well, until I'm six feet under...guess I'll have to stick with the razor and Neet. LOL

I think that today's "modern man" may very well be interested in this post. I have many male friends(all of them straight) who tremendously enjoy getting pedicures, manicures and are open to trying new things to improve their appearance. Some men look sexy with hair & some even sexier without it...

fashiongirl said...

$700 for bikini area? That's not bad... I pay $70 (with tip) to get a wax every month. I could go without for 10 months and save the $$ to do it. Hmmm... wonder if *that* area would hurt more...

LocuTus of Borg said...

I worked for a medical laser device company that we developed and manufactured IPL instruments for hair "reduction" - we could never claim removal from the FDA. It really does not hurt too much - like the sensation of being snapped with a rubber band. Most people said it was not as painful as a tattoo. What is funny women definitely have a higher tolerance to pain then men haha! My own clinical observations. You probably have to go back 3 or 4 times to have complete reduction, but hard to tell because I do not know the complexion of your skin or your hair color.

Lord Chimmy said...

I wonder how much it would cost to laser my whole body?

The default attorney said...

I'm a guy, I'm interested, and I just had my back lasered.

It's expensive, but it depends on the amount of hair you have and how much of your back it covers. I was pretty furry, so I got hit with the higher price of ~$500 each time. I've had four treatments. The last one was only $380 because there was less hair to zap. This was at a fancy place that also does out-patient plastic surgery in San Francisco, so I'm sure you could find it cheaper elsewhere. Only registered nurses can do it in CA, so it might be more expensive here.

I have fairly light skin and dark hair, so it's been pretty effective. For me it is almost removal. Every time it grows back less and finer.

As for the pain, I tried the first time without any topical anesthetic and I thought I was going to die. The first time, apparently, is the hardest because they're zapping the thickest hairs. The last time I hardly flinched. It's a little raw afterwards, like a light sunburn.

I couldn't imagine doing it to my chest though...I cringe at the thought. I'll just have to rock the Tom Selleck I guess :)

Hope that helps!

And I love going to spas...I've had a facial. Very relaxing.

DIAMONDKT said...

Surprise, surprise. That post actually was kinda interesting to me. What guy doesn't like the sound of a silky smooth girly leg? Rrr. :)

Plus, I bet this cuts down your "getting ready to go out" time considerably.

exile said...

how can you think a post abour your smooth & sexy legs wouldn't interest us guys?

Thomas said...

Do you love it?