Diary entry #38 – Lasers!

laser deviceSo yeah, today i had an appointment at my hair removal clinic. When me and my mom arrived we were half an hour early because we thought the bus would take a longer time to get us there.  After twenty-something minutes i got called by my hair therapist (is that what they call it?) and we got into a little room. She first had me sign something i forgot to do last time at the intake appointment. Then she had me lay on one of those sort of benches (the ones dentists and doctors use) and told me to do some breathing excercises when she would be lasering hair away. This way i wouldn’t focus that much on the pain but instead focus on my breathing.

Pain. That word didn’t sound nice to me and safe to say, i was pretty anxious about it all. I had no idea what kind of pain it would cause and i sure as hell didn’t know what my pain tolerance was. After discussing some things with the hair woman, she handed me some glasses which supposedly protected me against the light flashes of the laser device. After that she put an ice pack on my upper lip and chin so it would numb the area a bit. And yeah that was freaking cold. If i thought that was cold, i was wrong, as she put some kind of gel on my upper lip and chin that was way colder. I don’t know where she got it from, but if she would tell me she got it from the antarctic, i would believe her too. The gel was supposed to make it easier for the laser device to slide around.

So there i was. She picked up the laser device from it’s stand and it read the number 38. I didn’t know if that was high or not but i think it was. As she zapped the first hair away, it didn’t hurt that much so i thought that this wasn’t gonna be half bad. She continued zapping away hairs and eventually she got to the middle of my chin. And holy mother of christ, that shit hurt. It felt like someone was stabbing me with needles repeatedly. I asked the woman why it hurt so much worse at that spot. “More nerves i guess” she said. After a while she was done with my chin so she wiped off the gel and started preparing to do the hair above my upper lip.

If i thought the pain was bad  on my chin, i discovered a whole new world of pain when she started doing my upper lip. It hurt so bad i started tearing up a little. It felt like little lightning bolts going into my lip. I repeated the phrase “remember your breathing excercises” in my head over and over again. Once i started focusing on that, it got a lot less worse. She also told me why it hurt so bad, because apparently young people have a low pain tolerance. After a few minutes more of zapping she was finally done. She put another ice pack on my face to stop any swelling and prevent extra redness. 5 minutes later she told me i was done and told me to look in the mirror. My chin and upper lip area were covered in red skin.

To prevent it from getting any worse, she put some kind of cream on it which caused the burning feeling to decrease. She also went back into another room and came back with some kind of foundation. That was so i wouldn’t look weird on the way home, red face and all. It surprised me that she guessed my skin color right on the first try with the foundation. After giving me some cream to use at home, we went to the information desk to pay. It cost 150 euro’s for just 30 minutes of work, but atleast it’s worth it in the long run. The first two times i’ll have to pay myself, any other laser sessions beyond that are covered by my insurance, which is nice.

When i got home i could already see some hair on my upper lip falling out and i could even pull out some of them. It surprised me how fast that happened.

The result, right after she was done with laser. Much more red than i’d like.


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