My First Brazilian IPL Experience
Quote of the Day:
“NO PAINS, NO GAINS.
If little labour, little are our gains: Man’s fate is according to his pains.”
~ Hesperides 752 ~
I am quite skeptical and shy when I thought of sharing this unique experience to the public. However, I think this will be helpful for those who are thinking to do it or going to do this for our little sensitive zone.
Actually I wasn’t really wanted to do it initially, it is because I think this sensitive area must have some ‘protection’ and it must be very painful! However, everytime when I wear bikini, these small little black hairs are quite distracting sometimes.
As I have noticed that there are quite a number of Brazilian Wax and Brazilian IPL promotions in Singapore, I have decided to give out my first time – to do the Brazilian IPL, and say bye bye to my little black bush.
Before I purchased the package, I have been asking some girl friends who did that before. Basically the Brazilian Wax is more painful than Brazilian IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) but it has immediate result and can last for 2-3 months. As for Brazilian IPL, it’s less pain and the result is not immediate, we can only see the result after 2-3 weeks. However, the Brazilian IPL can remove the hairs permanentlyt if we constantly do it.
Well, back to my first experience of this treatment. It has already two weeks passed after the treatment. Actually I felt a bit awkward when first enter to the beauty saloon, Beyond Beauty at Raffles Place. After I have filled up a form, the beautician ushered me to a room and get changed.
Ok, the treatment is starting now. I lied down on the bed and she started to help me to shave. It’s so, really, very, extremely embarrassing when you need to show your ‘secret zone’ so openly to a person, although it’s a lady. Well, luckily she is experienced and trying to comfort me at that point of time.
1) First, the beautician put a plastic paper below my hips and used a disposable shaver to help me to shave the hairs. She said that it is advisable to shave it yourself 2-3 days before the treatment so that the hairs are not too short and able to achieve a better result.
2) After cleaning the hairs with wet wipes, she started to apply the coolinggel from a fridge to reduce the heat of the IPL and the damage of the skin.
3) Next, she gave me a glasses (like the 3D glasses) and took out a thing which looked like a scanner from the IPL machine and start to press the light, part by part. Everytime she pressed, I feel a pain like ants’ bites on that particular area. However, the pain will disappear after a few seconds.
4) After finish scanning which was about 10mins, she used the wipe to remove the cooling gel and a wet towel to clean it. She also gave me a few piece of cotton wipes to clean myself and some other sensitive areas.
The whole process wasn’t as scary as I thought, but I think the level of pain is quite personal. They advised me to make the second appointment at least 3 weeks or 1 month later as the ultra light can damage the skin if we do it too often.
Here is the result after 2 weeks of the treatment. Actually it doesn’t show much difference in the first week, but sometimes I will feel a little itchy due to the new born hairs. As what you see, the hair actually drop off patch by patch during the second week. Due to the sensitive issue and I can’t really show the real photo, I have done up a simple illustration for your reference:
In summary, if you want to have a try of the IPL result, you can start with the underarm IPL treatment, then decide whether you like the result and able to take the pain of the Brazilian IPL. Do share with me what’s your experience. 🙂
*Do & Don’t of the IPL Treatment:
. Discontinue sun exposure immediately after the IPL treatment and 4 weeks prior to your treatment.
. Do not use fake tan 1-2 weeks prior to your treatment.
. If having IPL hair removal, do not wax, tweeze or pluck the hair for 4 weeks prior to your treatment.
. It’s advisable to shave the treatment site 2 to 3 days before your IPL session.
. A sunburn-like sensation is expected for about 2-3 hours after the treatment. If this is uncomfortable apply cold compresses or ice to the treated area.
. If your skin is temperature sensitive for the following 2 days, so do not use very hot water or your shower or bath.
. Protect your skin from the sun!
. Do not use exfoliating products (AHAs, scrubs,etc) for 1 week after the treatment.
. No swimming or sexual activity for 1 week after the treatment. While the pores are open, they are vulnerable to irritation.
. Do not pick blisters or skin crusting as this may lead to a scar!