Since publishing my review on the Flawless Oil Control Advanced Facial, I've received quite a few questions from friends and readers on the other services that Flawless offers. The most inquired about was their Laser Hair Removal, a safe and pain-free treatment that instantly removes hair on various parts of the face and body including the upper lip, underarms, legs and bikini line. I recently just availed this service at their SM Cebu branch and thought it'd be best for me to write a review on it and hopefully answer your queries.
Upon arriving at the clinic, I informed their receptionist of my Laser Hair Removal (underarms) booking. Moments later, my aesthetician, Virgie, arrived to explain the procedure. Since it was my first time to try the service, she informed me of what exactly was going to happen, what the machine does and what common effects to the skin are. After understanding every detail of the procedure, I read and signed the consent form.
I was then escorted inside and taken to a private treatment area. I noticed that the room was very clean and I appreciate that they provide a hanger for my clothes so they don't get wrinkled and that there is a storage compartment at the foot of the treatment table to keep my belongings in.
Dr. Joanne, the Medical Doctor on duty, came in and introduced herself. She further described in detail the points that my aesthetician mentioned. She also explained that the treatment uses the gold standard in effective hair removal, the Light Sheer Diode System. The laser is pulsed for only a fraction of a second― just enough time to penetrate and permanently destroy hair follicles. The machine also consists of a patented Chill Tip, a hand-held piece that protects the skin from thermal damage and cools the treated area, effectively lessening any discomfort.
The treatment started with the aesthetician cleansing my skin. We then put on our protective goggles, after which, a cooling gel was applied on my underarms. After my skin was prepped, the laser treatment began. I wasn't really sure what to expect as it was my first session. So I asked the doctor if it will be painful or not and she said it only causes slight discomfort but it really depends on the patient's pain tolerance. However, none of her patients have reported any excruciating pain. True enough, it was indeed bearable and it only felt like a rubber band was flicking my skin. The pain was so mild that I decided I'm never going back to waxing again because it is so much worse!
After the laser process, the gel was then wiped off and an anti-inflammatory cream was applied. I noticed there was very minimal redness. Aside from the tiny black spots (burnt hair follicles,) I didn't experience any negative effects on my skin! The best part, from start to finish, the whole procedure took less than 10 minutes!
If you're planning on availing this service, keep in mind the following:
● Before the treatment, do not put on make-up, lotion or deodorant on the area to be treated.
● Do not pluck, wax or tweeze the area for at least 4 weeks prior to the scheduled session.
● Always consult with your Flawless MD and ask for the best products for your aftercare regimen.
● Avoid sun exposure for at least 7 days and wear sunscreen with high SPF level to protect your skin.
Also, if it's your first time having the laser treatment, it's best not to shave the area for 1-2 days so the doctor can inspect your skin and check the pattern of hair growth. For those with skin safety concerns, the Light Sheer Diode System is FDA-approved for hair removal and hair reduction for all skin types. In addition, you will be pleased to know that at Flawless, only trained MDs administer laser treatments.
Below are frequently asked questions about the procedure:
What happens after?
Some hair will extrude immediately during the treatment while the remaining hair will continue to shed in the next 3 weeks. The results of the series of treatments may vary depending on the skin and hair type, as well as individual factors such as medical history, patient compliance with treatment instructions and personal response to treatment.
What are the common effects?
Short-term effects include reddening, blistering, scabbing and temporary discoloration of the skin.
What's the frequency of treatments?
Because the procedure is only effective on hair that is in its growing cycle, further treatments will be necessary to treat other hair follicles when they re-enter the growth phase. To achieve the best possible results, it is recommended that the patient will undergo the laser treatment every 4-6 weeks. The number of treatments required depends on the skin type, hair colour and coarseness, and density of the treated areas.
What's the price per session?
It's P3,500 per session however, Flawless offers a lifetime package of P27,600.
What are the post treatment instructions?
Keep the area dry for at least 8 hours. If possible, do not apply deodorant for 2 days. Shaving is okay but don't wax because this stimulates hair growth.
Should you have any more questions, you may call or visit your nearest Flawless clinic. If you're interested in availing other Flawless services, don't miss out on their Beauty Take-Off promotion, which ends this month. Book 3 sessions and get 2 more for FREE! Read more details here.