Laser Hair Removal Diaries Part I – The Initial Consultation
How many times have you shaved first thing in the morning only to feel the stubble come back to the surface of the skin by the end of the day? How about those small, annoying, invisible cuts you seem to give yourself while shaving in the shower, no matter how careful you are with the razor? Ever found yourself performing the balancing act in the shower, trying to reach the back of your legs only to find later that you missed a spot entirely? Don’t even get me started on the awkwardness of having a complete stranger wax various parts of my body – not to mention the ingrown hairs, the grow out period in-between waxes and the pain of having hot wax ripped off of some of the most sensitive parts of my body.
After spending many of my hair growing years shaving and waxing the unwanted hair off of my body, I decided to finally take the leap and try laser hair removal at SkinSpirit. Laser hair removal has been proven to be extremely effective. Hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997 and have been approved for “permanent hair reduction” in the United States by the FDA. This means that although you may never be 100% hairless after any given treatment, the number of hairs to regrow on your body after a treatment is significantly reduced. So, instead of having to shave my underarms every other day to avoid exposing my yoga class to the embarrassing five o’clock stubble that lives under my arms, I only have to shave the area once every week, if that. That also means fewer razors and less shaving cream to buy and much less time spent in the shower. Who doesn’t want to save money and time?
Before I could go in for my first laser hair removal treatment at SkinSpirit, I had to go in for a complimentary consultation with one of the medical practitioners to review my medical history and to determine if I would be an appropriate candidate for successful laser hair removal treatment.
Upon arriving at SkinSpirit University Village, Seattle for my consultation, I had to fill out and read a few forms while I waited to see the medical practitioner – a consent form, the laser hair removal treatment instructions form and a client intake form that included my medical history. Once I had all of my forms read and completed, Patrice brought me back to her room. This appointment was fast – lasting anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. During our scheduled time, Patrice talked to me about laser hair removal, determined that I would be the right candidate for the treatment, went over my medical history, briefly walked me through how the treatment works, explained to me what type of results I could expect, told me how much the treatments would cost and encouraged me to ask any questions I had about the treatment.
I told her that since this was my first experience with laser hair removal, I wanted to start off with a less private part of my body, my underarms. Patrice recommended that I have a series of five treatments, within 8 weeks of each session, in order to get the best results. She explained to me that if for some reason I didn’t need all five sessions, I could save the remaining sessions for future touch-up/maintenance appointments. Since my first laser hair removal appointment was scheduled for a time slot first thing in the morning, Patrice recommended that I show up to my appointment with my underarms freshly shaven and without any deodorant on. She told me to expect not to wear any deodorant on the treated area for the rest of the day after my appointment.
After my appointment with Patrice, I was ready for my first laser hair removal treatment. Before leaving, I scheduled my appointment for two days later, with master paramedical aesthetician, Kavina.
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