I've been thinking of having laser hair removal done since 1992, when I was diagnosed with a disease that caused excessive facial hair growth. Since my goal in life is to avoid as much pain as possible, I've never done it.
Until Monday. After 15 years of gathering up my courage, I used a free treatment coupon that I got at a women's expo last month. The fact that I wouldn't have to actually pay someone to hurt me made it a little easier.
In honor of this experience, here is my list of the top 10 reasons not to have laser hair removal:
10. It takes 6 to 10 treatments, spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart to get 80% of your hair gone.
9. After all the hair is gone, you still need to have 2 to 4 treatments each year for "maintenance."
8. You can smell burning when they do it. Quite unnerving.
7. The area lasered stays tender for several days after.
6. You will get red welts. Depending on the individual, these red welts disappear in a few hours, or a few days.
5. You cannot pluck or wax your hair between treatments.
4. It is dang expensive. Expect to spend $300-$700 (or more), depending on what you're lasering.
3. You have to let your unsightly hair grow out before your treatment sessions, which means people will see it.
2. The hairs don't vaporize into oblivion. Nor do they fall out immediately. They can take up to 10 days to fall out.
1. It HURTS!
The number one (and only) reason that I will do it anyway:
I'm afraid I'll wake up one morning and see this in the bathroom mirror.
Now playing on my iPod: Hair by The Early November