BABES! I am so excited to share with you guys about our new partnership with Ideal Image! They’re the number one choice in the US for laser hair removal (and currently running a special for 50% off!!!) and I recently got the opportunity to try out them out! They do soooo much more than hair removal and have locations all over the US, which is fantastic because it means you can get all of your beautification, anti-aging needs met at one place! Before we get into the fun details about my laser experience, here is a little breakdown on the services that they offer aside from laser hair removal:
- Injectables: YES babes, they do it allll. Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Kybella, you name it, and their super skilled nurses and medical professionals are trained in it. PS – if you happen to stop into the South ATX location make sure you ask for Jaesei, girl is SO sweet and her lip game is next to none.
- Coolsculpting: If you aren’t familiar yet with Coolsculpting you are in for a SERIOUS treat. Coolsculpting is the first FDA-approved procedure of it’s kind, using cryo technology to literally kill fat cells which your body then flushes out naturally. And unlike other forms of fat-reduction like exercise and diet, once those fat cells are gone they can’t return. It’s perfect for those seriously stubborn locations, like your abdomen, love handles, under the neck, and the back/bra area. It’s painless and there is literally no downtime.
- Ultherapy: Speaking of FDA-approved procedures – I’m a huge fan of that sort of stuff because it tells me that it ACTUALLY WORKS – Ultherapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound to lift, tone and tighten loose skin on the face, neck, under the chin, and upper chest area. It stimulates the growth of new collagen, which over time lifts and tightens the skin. It’s a fantastic option for those who don’t want the downtime associated with lasers and are looking for super natural and gradual, long-lasting results (and definitely far more affordable than a facelift!).
- Broadband Light Photo Facial: If you have ever seen me in person, then you know that I have relatively pale skin and a whole lotta freckles. This also means that I already have a pretty decent amount of sun damage, and photo facials are key to keeping my skin looking young and healthy. BroadBand Light therapy, aka photo facial, is a super safe, non-invasive and FDA-approved (YAY!) treatment aimed at pigmented lesions like freckles and age spots, vascular lesions (think little blood vessels), skin firmness and uneven skin texture. Improvement occurs really quickly and there is zero downtime!
Let’s talk why I’m such a fan of ‘one-stop-shop’ places. I’m a BUSY woman. I work full time in tech, I blog, I do design, I’m a mom and a wife. I don’t know about y’all but there is not enough time in the day to do all the things that I NEED to do, let alone those which I WANT to do. So when I get a chance to go do something for myself, i.e. some laser hair removal, injections, what have you, I want to be able to knock it all out at the same time. I literally don’t have the option to drive to five different locations to handle all of my beauty needs, I have to choose my battles and whatever is most in need normally wins out. The beauty (pun intended) of Ideal Image is that they offer me the ability to do it ALL AT ONCE. YES! I can literally stop in and schedule laser hair removal, botox, and a BBL photo facial in one visit (and be outta there and back on the grind in no time).
Let’s get down to the really fun stuff, my first treatment! I decided to do underarms and a Brazilian. I have really dark hair naturally, which means that even right after I shave, my armpits are never truly…clear? I’m not even sure what word I would use to describe it but girls I KNOW that you know what I’m talking about. It’s like a constant 5 o’clock shadow. No matter how often I shave, or what type of razor or shaving cream I use, my armpits just never really look how I want them to, so I’m realllly excited. Plus, Chase will testify to the fact that sometimes I can be lazy (working from home is my excuse) but I have been known to be bad about shaving my underarms every day, hehe. This way I don’t have to worry about it anymore!
I feel like the Brazilian is a bit more self-explanatory. I don’t know how it is for you guys but razor burn is my nemesis and I swear no matter what I do, it happens. I’ve tried so many different tricks and shaving hacks, and it’s just one of those things that happens regardless. Living in Texas where the temps climb into the 90’s and 100’s for several months out of the year we sort of live in the pool, and boy has my bikini line suffered. We are finally going on a vacation to Punta Cana for the first time since Chloe was 18 months old (she will be six in November, to give ya some perspective), and the last thing I want to do is be worried about shaving every day. NO THANK YOU. I am SO EXCITED to not have to worry anymore about shaving, razor burn, and timing when I shave to best circumvent that nasty razor burn situation. Especially because daily shaving REALLY pisses my body off. I’ll definitely be updating y’all as I continue on the laser hair removal journey (it takes about six to eight treatments generally to get the full hairless effect, although you should see an improvement even after the first session).
SO – the part that you have been dying to know about, what’s it like?! Let me start by saying that I think you know by now that I don’t mislead you, that if something hurts, or sucks, I tell it like it is. I also rave about things that I love and feel strongly about – if I’m reading about a treatment I want the DL, the honest truth and I make sure to give that to you guys. I was honestly a little terrified. Over a birthday dinner two girlfriends who had both had laser hair removal (and agreed by the way that it was the best thing that they ever did) told me that it really wasn’t bad at all, except for the part where they told me, and I quote, “they put a hot probe up your ass”. I mean I literally spit out the food in my mouth when I heard that one, and swore that in no way shape or form was I EVER doing laser hair removal. Well, I’m here to tell you that this was definitely NOT part of my experience! There are no probes, and no insertions, I PROMISE. I would not lead you astray on such important matters.
Does it hurt? NO. I was AMAZED at how NOT painful the process was!! In fact, you can see my getting the treatment done live on their FB page here, and if you watch I don’t even flinch. It literally felt like very cold puffs of air followed by just the slightest sting, I would compare it to plucking my eyebrows or snapping myself with a rubber band. Seriously, it’s so not painful at all. I got waxed, ONCE. ONE time, and I said ‘oh helllll no, never again’. I found waxing to be crazy painful, time-consuming, and invasive. With the laser, it literally took a few minutes and I was done! My underarms took a total of maybe like four minutes, and the rest of my maybe another four, max. It’s so fast that I was able to stop in, get both my underarms and Brazilian done, and then head to the airport for a 9am flight. No irritation, no swelling, no pain. You can head in on your lunch break and would still have time to go grab some food after. I had no idea how quick it was – which is why I’m so happy to share with you guys so that you know what to expect. I was gearing up for a battle, for pain, and a timely procedure – because let’s be honest most beauty procedures are both timely and painful – but this was SO easy that I couldn’t stop raving about it. I’ve already totally noticed a difference and can’t wait for my next session!
What also made my experience so awesome was the staff. Everyone was just SO sweet and kind, and I really appreciated that, big time. I’ve found that some places, especially beauty locales like plastic surgeons offices or dermatologists can be a bit on the cold side and that was not my experience AT ALL with Ideal Image. Jaesei was my nurse and I just loved her, we hit it off immediately. I’m normally pretty shy and uncomfortable when it comes to situations that require disrobing but she made it so easy and normal. The location is clean, pretty, and runs on time, all of which I just so enjoyed.
Annnnd just in case you need any more reasons to check them out, here are a few more stats:
Ideal Image has performed over 5.5 million laser hair removal treatments nationwide (um hi, that’s a LOT).
Ideal Image is Americas #1 Choice for Laser Hair Removal.
They use only the top licensed nursing and medical professionals in the Country, and employ over 200 licensed medical professionals.
Ideal Image provides Laser Hair Removal Guests with a Lifetime Membership for the areas purchased (THIS IS HUGE!!!!).
So – let me know, have you had laser hair removal? Thinking about it, questions? We love hearing from you guys and no questions are off the table!