Who loves shaving? Not this girl. I’ve always heard the mantra pain is beauty – but the pains of shaving (feels like it takes forever) has never been my gig.
I started laser hair removal treatments years ago – but then stopped when I moved to Dallas. I’ve previously done my upper lip (because I’m hispanic and hairy), my underarms/armpits, and my bikini zone. I’ve always been envious of the girls who were blonde with fine hair – I swear their lives are so much easier when it comes to beautification and maintenance. Not that I don’t love my heritage and ethnicity – but my mix of Native American genes combined with Hispanic blood makes for the craziest hair. I literally had to start shaving my legs before the 5th grade because I got so made fun of! I would come home crying and would beg my mom to let me start shaving my legs, so I learned young. I also had to start getting my eyebrows waxed in the 5th grade .. unibrow is no understatement. Of course, my mom didn’t tell me I was getting them waxed – I thought I was going to the salon for my standard hair cut and wash – and then wax ends up on my face when my head is in the wash bowl. Not cool mom, not cool – still salty about that one.
So needless to say – I’m no stranger to the pains of feeling pretty but sooner or later, I was so OVER all the waxing and bleaching. My brother could tell some stories about seeing me march around the house with bleach cream on my upper lip. Thankfully there are no pictures. As the years passed, I came to know laser hair removal like a best friend I’d never had. I was tired of seeing the super embarrassing razor bumps that I still see some girls with at the pool. Ladies – there is a solution, please don’t feel like you have to shave!
What I love about laser hair removal is the eventual loss of hair altogether. Over time and treatments, my hair became finer and eventually gone. I will stress it takes time and it depends on how coarse your hair is – and mine was the most stubborn ever. It’s actually preferred to have darker hair – the laser can “see” it better! And remember – your hair has growth cycles like anything else. The point of continuing the laser treatments over time is to kill off the hair in separate cycles.
Some people ask or fear that is painful. It’s not painless but personally I think waxing is so much worse. Imagine popping a rubber band on your wrist, and imagine that hurts more than the laser will.
I’ve partnered with my friend Courtney, a fellow nurse and certified nurse practitioner and owner of Vibrant Skincare and Laser. Courtney uses a Sciton laser which is supreme in its field. You might have heard of a Halo facial – well this is the same laser. It can be used for a variety of things besides laser hair removal: wart removal, treating nail fungus, phototherapy, venous insufficiency (which causes visible leg veins), body contouring and lax skin/sagging, scars, pigmentation and even acne. This laser creates a next to painless experience which cannot be said for most lasers.
I also ventured into trying a (very) light filler in my lips – and I LOVE the result. I always felt like my top lip was slightly thin (for my liking) and wanted a more symmetrical pout. Courtney used restylane refyne in the lip and restylane silk on the vermillion borders (edges).
Restylane is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own naturally produced hyaluronic acid, helping to visibly correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, including the lines that run from your nose toward the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds) and the lines that run from the corners of your mouth toward the chin (marionette lines) (derived from Restylane website).
Additionally, Restylane and Restylane® Silk are FDA-approved for lip enhancement in patients over the age of 21, and are uniquely formulated to give your lips fullness and definition. Once injected, Courtney massages the Restylane into place – and she puts numbing cream on your lips to minimize discomfort. I’ve been getting botox for years to prevent wrinkles. and now believe in the power of fillers, in minimal doses. Be sure to check their website for any contraindications to using the product, especially if you have a previous allergy or are allergic to hyaluronic acid. Just like with botox injections or any injection in general, there is a risk of bruising – which usually disappears within 7 days. Also, there is a risk of infection – again, visit their website to read the full list of do’s and don’ts.
Have any questions? Leave them in a comment below! As another healthcare professional, I’d be happy to answer them for you!
Photos by Christian Craven <– check out his blog!