I was approached by St. Louis Laser and Vein Center in O’Fallon to receive one (1) complimentary laser hair removal treatment on two areas of my choice, in exchange for a review on my blog. This is not a paid or sponsored post, and the following is my opinion, based on the service and treatment given during my visit.
I am not a hairy girl by any stretch of the imagination, but shaving my legs and underarms every week can be monotonous as well as time consuming. So I was all game to visit St. Louis Laser and Vein Center for a treatment, but was kind of scared of the thought of having a laser remove hair on me. I’d seen it done on TV and it didn’t look pleasant at all. I’ve been told beauty is pain but there is nothing beautiful about pain!
I didn’t get worried too much after I was told that the laser used at St. Louis Laser and Vein Center is not that old school contraption that other places use. It’s a state of the art Soprano XLi that removes hair without much pain, even feels kind of like a massage on some areas.
JoAnne took great care of me and walked me through the process. She determined my skin type and how long the laser would need to be used on my body and made sure I was comfortable. I laid on what looked like a massage table and let her do her magic.
My underarms took less than 20 minutes for both and was nice and smooth once she was finished. I was told if any stubble grew back, that I could simply wipe it away with a washcloth. I haven’t had much hair grow back yet in that area.
The legs took the longest, about an hour for both front and back. JoAnne made grid marks with a white pencil on my legs so that she could concentrate on that area. I didn’t feel an uncomfortableness until she got to my knees. It was a little painful and I was told that the laser is attracted to color—the darker the color or pigment, the more the laser works, which makes it hurt. My knees are darker on my body than anything else, so that made sense.
All-in-all, I was happy with my first laser hair removal treatment and would highly recommend it. After 2 weeks, the hair hasn’t grown back at all. According to St. Louis Laser and Vein, some areas hair free at the first treatment. Depending on your hair type, you may have to go back for additional treatments.
Per St. Louis Laser and Vein:
Some take five to be hair-free. Because each treatment gets the active hair
and most people/most areas have 20% of their hair active at any time, five
will treat ALL of the follicles. Sometimes a treatment might come, though,
when two active growth cycles are overlapping and can impact both, or an
area may be composed of hair follicles that all cycle at the same time. The
‘happy trail’ on the tummy, for instance, sometimes takes a single
The cost of laser treatments at St. Louis Laser and Vein varies. The regular price for legs is $395/single treatment $1580 package of five. The regular price for underarms is $100 single treatment and $400 package of five.
If you are in the St. Louis area and are interested in laser hair removal, or want to learn more, St. Louis Laser and Vein is having an Open House event on Wednesday, September 21. They will have a 12-2 lunch snacks time and drinks and appetizers 5-8.
For more information, click HERE to visit their website.
My experience at St. Louis Laser and Vein was wonderful and I highly recommend them for your laser hair removal needs. If you go, tell JoAnne I said hello. She is fabulous!
Sidenote: I have been asked if African American or darker skin is able to be treated with laser hair removal. The answer of course is yes. The laser system that was used on me allows for the technician to put in a code for your particular skin color and the laser then knows how long to stay on your skin to remove the hair.