Remember my plan to get rid of my underarm hair permanently? I have finally found the time to take the first step to that. As promised, I’m blogging about my experience in this blog. My first laser underarm hair removal treatment happened last night at White Beauty Face and Body Center (West Avenue branch). For this procedure, I used my Ensogo voucher which I got for P600.
First, I booked an appointment with White Beauty. Weekends were fully booked already so I had no choice but to have my treatment on a weekday. I asked for a 7:00 p.m. schedule so I could have enough travel time going there. Traffic was surprisingly light when we hit the road at 5:45. We got to the place just a little over 30 minutes. We got attended to as soon as we entered the door. By the way, I was accompanied by the fiancé and his sister. They gave me moral support all throughout the procedure. Haha.
White Beauty Face and Body Center may look small from the outside but after you have been ushered to your room and passed through the narrow hallway, you’ll start to notice how big the place is. We arrived tad early for my appointment and since it wasn’t my turn yet, I busied myself browsing some magazines. Eventually, my name got called and I was ushered by a girl attendant to the second floor where most of the rooms were.
When we got inside the tiny room, I immediately scanned it. I saw a bed and next to it was the laser machine sitting in one corner. The attendant, who introduced herself as Cherie, explained to me how the procedure would go. She was very nice and spoke to me in a knowledgeable manner. She asked me some medical-related questions, like if I was pregnant, had allergies, a keloid former, etc. She also told me that the procedure is not totally pain-free, that I might feel a stinging sensation but it would definitely be tolerable. I got a bit nervous upon hearing that, but I’m not the type who easily gets scared. I know my pain threshold is quite high so this would be manageable.
I purposely didn’t use deodorant that day and the last time I shaved my underarm hair was less than a week ago. I read online that prior to the treatment, one should do the exact same thing. Cherry agreed on that. She was actually the one who shaved my underarm hair before doing the laser thingy. But not before applying some cold gel onto my underarm skin.
To protect my eyes from the laser light emission, I wore a pair of what looked like black goggles. After a short count of 1,2,3, the procedure had begun. The girl was right, this underarm hair removal treatment using Intense Pulse Light or IPL wasn’t 100% pain-free. I felt slight pain as the laser-powered plate touched each section of my two underarms. Each laser contact felt like I was electrocuted for a second. I got used to it soon enough. Before I knew it, the procedure was finished. I think the laser treatment took only a little over five minutes. The shaving part even took longer than the laser treatment did. Yes, it was that fast!
The very accommodating Cherie advised me to do two things: 1) to keep my underarms dry until the next morning and 2) to apply a special hydrocortisone cream (which I bought from them for P350) onto the underarm skin every morning for two to five consecutive days. She said I should expect red spots to appear on my underarms and experience some itchiness in that part of my body. I took note of what she said and gave her a decent tip for the good service she extended to me. I left the place with a big smile of satisfaction on my face.
The ideal interval for laser hair removal treatments is from two weeks to a month. I can’t wait for my second session. Much as I’d like to go back to White Beauty Face and Body Center, I cannot. I bought the rest of my vouchers from a different groupon site and I am supposed to be serviced by a different beauty clinic. I think that’s another experience to look forward to, so stay tuned.
Have you had a laser underarm hair removal treatment recently? How was your experience? Care to exchange thoughts with me?
You might wanna read about my second IPL session at a different beauty clinic here.