Even just a few months ago, laser hair removal was waaaay off my radar. To begin with, I’m not the hairiest person. In fact, I naturally don’t have underarm hair; I just shave once every other month and go in for a wax whenever I feel like it. So when I heard about Beam Laser Spa, I decided to visit more out of curiosity than anything else. Today, about a month and a half after my initial appointment, I am probably one of the strongest advocates of laser hair removal and will tell anyone who will listen how awesome it is.
My positive experience with laser hair removal is hugely due to the two amazing ladies who operate Beam Laser Spa. In 2007, Andréa and Liza Young, a pair of gorgeous and incredibly lovely Brazilian sisters, opened the boutique laser spa in New York’s Columbus Circle. Their spa offers the latest in laser hair removal technology, a sophisticated level of expertise that comes from working in the industry for years, and a truly unparalleled level of service. Laser hair removal, like any type of permanent body alteration is a huge decision and Andréa and Liza amaze their clients with their superior knowledge, skill, and warmth. The service is also incredibly personalized- during your visit, you will be the only client in the spa.
Before my procedure, Andréa and I talked for about 40 minutes explaining how laser hair removal worked and answered all my questions, including safety, the pain factor, her background and the sterility of the equipment. Beam Laser Spa uses the most sophisticated technology that is safe and gentle for all skin types. Since the laser attaches to the pigment in the hair follicle, some older lasers may burn clients of darker skin color. Beam employs a dual-wavelength laser that can be adjusted to be safely used on any skin color.
As far as the pain factor goes, this is nothing compared to the waxing you may be used to. Back when I got Brazilians, I remember being startled each time at how painful the ripping process was. I couldn’t live without waxing, but I sure never really got used to the pain. On the contrary, laser hair removal targets only a quarter-sized patch of skin at a time so you definitely won’t experience that awful ripping sensation across a large region. The sensation is most accurately described as comparable to a quick rubber band snap, and certainly even less painful than the ones my brother used to shoot at me. Following the laser, a quick blast of dry ice is released to cool and numb the skin immediately.
For those of you who may be considering getting lasered down there, the laser is actually very superficial and operates on a very short wavelength. This means the deepest it goes is to the hair follicle right under the skin, and it won’t damage or even reach anything sensitive underneath. Because there is no penetration of skin involved in this procedure, Beam does reuse its equipment. There is a “distance gauge” that comes in contact with the skin. The gauge is basically an open hoop that is attached to the laser gun to keep the laser the appropriate distance from the skin. After each client use, the gauge is immediately sterilized with a hospital grade germicide, which kills bacteria and viruses including HIV, herpes, hepatitis, and staph. Following sterilization, the gauge is then soaked in bleach. Throughout the procedure, anything that comes into contact with your skin will have been sterilized to hospital standards.
And the results? Amazing beyond what I thought. For most people, you’ll need a series of 6 or 8 to get rid of everything. Andréa told me to expect a 20% reduction in hair after my first session. I already told you that I’m not very hairy…but I experienced a 90% reduction in hair after one session. Now, those are results I can believe in!
Beam Laser Spa offers a complimentary consultation and test patch so you don’t have to take my word for it. You can check it out yourself. Andréa and Liza are incredibly helpful and friendly, and are available to answer any of your questions or concerns. If you’re seriously thinking about laser hair removal, then you should seriously consider visiting Beam to find out more.