This is the most horrific video and after watching it, I very nearly stuck to just still images for this post (and you’ll probably wish I had). I was blatantly traumatised enough by the whole experience to think that filming a video in direct sunlight without a scrap of makeup on was a FABULOUS idea! Perhaps the laser fried my brain aswell as my follicles?
Oh god… Don’t judge me bitches.
Ok, enough of all that…
So here’s an image showing the area around my chin and neck later on the same evening after my first full treatment at the sk:n laser hair removal clinic.
It was pretty much as sore as it looks. Itchy too… Bear in mind that my skin was completely clear when I woke that morning… so this is all from the laser. I spent most of that evening with a wet muslin cloth pressed to the area to take the heat out of it.
Having known other women who have undergone the treatment, I honestly didn’t expect to develop such a strong reaction and seeing it in all it’s gory glory on here makes me feel a little bit better about being a touch wimpy during my first session. Put it this way… if flinching were an Olympic sport, I’d have been high on that podium saluting the flag.
My cousin reminded me yesterday that I was the only one in the family group (as a child) who managed to get sunburned severely enough to need A&E treatment whilst on holiday in Devon. In October. I’m so pleased that my Sk:n therapist agreed it would be wise to turn the laser down for me!
I had a rough time that first night and didn’t sleep well. The itching was driving me insane and I don’t know HOW I managed to keep my nails away from my skin. The next morning, I woke up looking like I’d done a few rounds with Mike Tyson.
It’s not that easy to see here, but my upper lip was really swollen. When I pressed my lips together, my top lip completely overhung my bottom and it was tricky to talk without sounding silly.
It wasn’t painful though, the best way I can describe it is thus… yano when you get a blister on your foot and you press lightly? It feels slightly numb and cushion-y? That was how my lower face felt. Admittedly, not the most pleasant sensation.
You can see that the redness had subsided by the 2nd day, but the swelling is also apparent around the jawline. Frankly, I felt pretty hideous. I didn’t want to wear makeup, despite having been assured that I could if I wanted to… I just wanted to hide in the house, preferably under the bed.
So, those last two photos were from the day before yesterday (Wednesday) and it’s getting better as each day passes. Today (Friday) the whole area is back to being flesh-coloured and the swelling has completely disappeared. The treated area is still covered with bumps where each dark hair-containing follicle has been zapped, but these are camouflageable with a bit of concealer and patience. I’ve also still got a bruise coloured tache as in the 2nd photo, but it’s fading.
It’s been a tough few days since my first full treatment on Tuesday. Tougher than I imagined it would be. I honestly expected to go in and emerge 30 minutes later with some redness that would subside within a few hours.
Back then, I was the only 9yr old getting her blisters popped in A&E and again… I find myself being the exception rather than the rule. Whilst it’s beginning to look like I’m not your average ‘reactor’ to the treatment, I think that my experience is perhaps even more useful as a result.
It’s hard to underestimate just how DIFFERENT we all are and I’m starting to understand why there just can’t be any guarantees with something as personal as laser hair removal. I’m also secretly hoping that this extra dose of irritation means that those bastard hair follicles are taking an extra battering and admitting defeat under the awesomeness of the laser. Pee-ow, pee-ow!