For a long time now (and I mean years), I've been meaning to get an underarm laser hair removal treatment. Regular shaving have proven to be damaging for my sensitive skin so I resorted to waxing. The latter is better in terms of smoothness and delayed hair growth. However, it is quite expensive to have them done at least once a month. Personally, the only thing that was stopping me from having an underarm laser hair removal treatment is that it is costly. A session is priced at approximately Php3000 ($67) and at least 6 sessions is needed to complete the treatment and have the most effective results.
This year, I finally decided to get the underarm hair removal treatment. But I still was not ready to shell out that much cash so I monitored several group buying sites here in the Philippines to get more than 50% discount on the treatment. Last month, I was able to purchase 6 sessions of IPL underarm hair removal treatment from S-Bar Spa and Skin Care Center through Ensogo for Php600 ($14) per session! That was 80% off the valued price of Php3000!
I admit that I was still a little hesitant to purchase the vouchers regardless of how much I could save. I didn't want to be impulsive so I repeatedly read the fine print on the deal and did research on the procedure that was offered.
The deal specified that it was for an IPL hair removal treatment. IPL or Intense Pulse Light is different from lasers. The latter uses one beam of light to target a specific part of the body that varies in strength depending on its target. In relation to hair removal, the light or energy heats the hair follicle and if enough damage is done, the procedure can hinder further hair growth. IPL is different as it can produce specific wavelengths that can maximize the damage to hair follicles while minimizing skin damage. Simply put, a laser uses one beam of light and IPL uses several light wavelengths, making it more effective and faster.
I had my first session of IPL underarm hair removal treatment at S-Bar Spa last month and as of this post, I am at my first week since the procedure. To help those that are thinking of getting this treatment, I decided to chronicle my experience here.
Before the actual treatment, I was reminded by the doctor to follow these instructions:
1. No plucking or waxing at least 1 week before the procedure. Shaving is acceptable as long as there's hair growth on the day of treatment. Plucking and waxing has been proven to have much further delay on hair growth.
2. Do not use any whitening product should be used at least 1 week before the treatment. Scrubing/bleaching/peeling is also not allowed.
3. Do not use deodorant or anti-perspirant on the day of the IPL underarm hair removal treatment.
During the treatment, I was escorted by a clinic staff to a room wherein I was asked to remove my upper garment before laying down. She then proceeded to clean both my underarm as preparation for the procedure. After, the doctor gave me special goggles to wear at all times during the treatment. She continued to instruct me to close my eyes during the entire procedure for further protection as the light from the IPL machine is quite strong.
The doctor informed me that there might be a sting for every light emission, much like a feeling of very slightly pulling a hair. This may vary per person. Personally, I felt almost no sting during the entire IPL hair removal treatment. And true to its promise, the procedure only lasted for approximately 10 minutes! That covers both underarms already.
After the treatment, I was asked to follow these instructions:
1. Apply a Post Laser Cream 1-2 times daily , or right after taking a bath for 5 days. I bought the cream at the clinic for Php200 ($4.5). If in case a deodorant or anti-perspirant is inevitable, allow the Post Laser Cream to be completely absorbed before applying the former.
2. Waxing is allowed on the 3rd day after the treatment but it would be the last time prior to the 2nd treatment.
3. Shaving is allowed starting the 3rd day after the treatment and the last time would be at least a week before the 2nd session.
Post Laser Cream
A day after my first IPL underarm hair treatment, I noticed that my hair was a little coarse and curly. I was informed that I'd be able to see hair falls after 3-5 days. Unfortunately, I barely saw any hair loss after 5 days. Although, I was able to pull some hairs out with the use of my fingers! On the 6th day, I just had to shave. :)
My next session at S-Bar Spa is on mid April. The ideal interval between treatments is at least 3 weeks apart.
S-Bar Spa and Skin Care Clinic is located at G/F Ivory Tower Rosewood Pointe Acacia Estate, Taguig City. For inquiries, please call at (02) 577-1973.
I am thankful for group buying sites like Ensogo for helping me purchase my vouchers for the IPL underarm hair removal treatment. The 80% discount gave me and a lot of girls a very large savings. Without these group buying sites, I would have remained hesitant to avail of the procedure.
I will be posting my observations and personal experience after each session so make sure you subscribe so that you will not miss a post. :)
1st and 2nd photo credits to S-Bar Spa and Skin Care Center.