The battle continues: underarm laser hair removal, painful round #2 ronnie blasting

By | July 2 2013 | 40 Comments

You may remember a couple of months ago I wrote about how laser hair removal did nothing for my ronnie - I returned to the old reliable, Jolen creme bleach, within a year. “So much for new fangled technology!” I thought. “Couldn’t even get rid of my tache.”

The folks at Urbana saw my plight and told me they could change my mind about laser hair removal. I didn’t think they could, but I looked in the mirror at the horrible fuzz at my upper lip and thought “oh what the hell, I’ll give it another go”.

We decided to carry out the procedure on my upper lip and my underarms, so I could compare how the laser worked on different types of hair. Underarm hair is the ideal type for laser hair removal, as it’s so thick and coarse. So far, I can clearly see this is working straight away.


I last shaved my underarms one week ago, the night before my second session. Right now, they’re smooth as a baby’s bum. One week later, and no discernible stubble. I’m impressed! If it’s working this well after two sessions, I can only imagine what it’ll be like after the full six.

As for my upper lip – I can still feel stubble there, but I’ll give it the full six sessions before I allow myself to be truly convinced.

Here are the facts about laser hair removal as I see them from my second crack at the whip:

It’s not cheap.
At Urbana, laser hair removal is €40 per session, with some discount deals on offer if you combine one area or more. At an average of six sessions per area, it works out at about €240. Entirely up to you whether being hairless is worth the money.

It’s not painless.
This second round of laser hurt a LOT more than my first go at it, probably because the lasers are more powerful. It’s supposed to get less painful as the hair gets thinner, but my second session hurt like (to put it bluntly) a bitch. I wriggled and squirmed and my therapist Paula had to keep talking to me throughout to take my mind off the discomfort.

However this had probably a lot to do with the ever annoying Time Of The Month, which provides a host of complications for us ladies including lowering our pain threshold. Thankfully, it only takes about 10 minutes to do – Paula pointed out that if I could sit for 40 minutes getting tattooed, I could sit through 10 minutes of laser.

It’s not permanent.
Paula assured me that you definitely need top ups every six months or so if you want to remain completely hairless. Otherwise, you’ll start seeing very fine, soft hairs coming back. I think I can handle this, so I’ll probably skip the top ups – as long as the thick, coarse, black horrors don’t make an appearance again.

I still don’t know if I am pro-laser – definitely not for the upper lip anyway. But the difference it’s made to my underarms is unbelievable, especially in summer. I’m lazy and often forget to shave and it’s nice to know I can wear a t-shirt or vest without being gripped with panic once I realise there’s a tiny forest growing under there. Charming, I know.

What do you think? Have you given laser a whirl or are you staying faithful to your trusty razor?

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40 Replies to "The battle continues: underarm laser hair removal, painful round #2 ronnie blasting"

  • Orlando says:

    I would love to get this done, and I think if you spend (like me) €15 every few weeks on underarm waxing anyway, it’d definitely worth it in the long run. Don’t know how you managed to bear it on your lip though, you’re a better woman than I am!

    • Valerie says:

      I never waxed so it cost a lot less to keep my underarms in check, but yes that sounds like it would be a good option for you! Still haven’t touched them with a razor and they’re grand.

  • Joanne says:

    The prices aren’t bad at all really, I spent 1000 on my legs and it didn’t work. I would say that underarm hair would work very well alright if laser is done correctly-it’s dark and coarse. Hair there doesn’t bother me quick swipe of the razor and its gone.

    • Valerie says:

      It didn’t work for my tache the first time round either, so I’m interested to see what happens this time.

      The underarms are great though, I had that horrid pit-stubble/pit-five o’clock shadow so it’s nice to have underarms that look less…manky.

      Still, I’m a little sad that I won’t have any underarm hair if I ever need to make a huge feminist statement and grow it out.

      • Charlie says:

        Do you recommend this? And do your underarms now look completely smooth? Mine feel smooth after shaving but don’t look it and it’s so annoying!!

  • says:

    I would kill to not have to shave my under arms, i really think this is something I will look in to!!

    Have you tried the threading yet for your lip Valerie??

    • Valerie says:

      Not yet! Started the second round of laser about two months ago now so I think I’ll leave it as a last resort. I definitely will look into it if this does nothing!

  • Claireyfairy says:

    I’ve had laser doen on my underarm and bikini line, it definitely worked for both and has slowed growth but I didn’t go back for top ups so I’m probably not as hair free as I should be but for a €75 deal voucher for 6 sessions I think I did all right and am happy with the results!

  • loubelle says:

    Ive got it done under arm, bikini and half leg for 100e a session, best money I have ever spent.
    4 sessions in, and i reckon I will only need one more

  • Becca says:

    I’m so so tempted. I’ve got very dark body hair and shaving is a nightmare :( Within 24 hours I have stubbly legs and more underarm regrowth than most people have in several days. I’ve jumped on the wax strips train for my legs (definitely less regrowth, and after about a couple of boxes over the past few summers I currently have “bald patches” which haven’t had a hair in over two years :D ).

    Wish the same could happen to my underarms with a similar cost (I don’t think a student budget can handle regular laser sessions)… However when water charges come in, I may have to bite the bullet :(

    • audrey says:

      I got a deal for € 89 for six sessions on my underarms. I’ve had 3 so far but even after the first one, I saw a huge difference! No black stubble :-) I also got another deal the year before for my legs which turned out to be IPL. Absolute crap. Did nothing at all. Make sure you get a medical grade laser. Good luck!

  • lizzy says:

    If u cant bear laser on upper lip forget threading its agony sooo not worth it.

  • OtherMary says:

    I had 5 sessions on underarms last year and I have not got a touch-up in more than six months but I should probably go as soon as I remember to book it. I shave every few weeks now, mostly because I’m lazy and don’t wear sleevless things all that often. Otherwise I’d maybe shave once a week but certainly don’t need to more often than that.

    I had laser on my legs as well and it did not work that well. My leg-hair is shamefully weak as it is so it may work better on strong leg hair. I had IPL on the bikini area (Brazilian, 12 sessions) and never got more than 70% hair free longer-term. Stay away from IPL, it doesn’t work half as well as laser.

  • OtherMary says:

    Laser vaporises hair in follicles which obviously hurts a lot, but it hurts so much less after about two sessions when hardly any hair is in the growth stage at the time you are getting them zapped.

  • Aisling says:

    Funnily enough I would have though the underarm would have hurt more! I am actually really tempted to try it out, sick of shaving under my arms every morning

  • Shygirl says:

    I have wanted to get this done for years. Had a consultation on each underarm in 2 separate places, and the hair didn’t come back for ages.

  • Banjaxed says:

    I’ve had my bikini line lasered (brazilian) with Urbana, with so-so results. Have had about 8 sessions and about 60% of the hair is gone. I’m a bit disappointed as I thought it would work better. It costs €60 per go which is a bit much for my budget so I don’t think I’ll bother anymore tbh.

    But being a sucker for punishment I think I’d like to give the underarms a try, but maybe with Anu beauty, they seem cheaper than Urbana.

    • Paul Mc Intyre says:

      Hi Banjaxed,

      I am Paul, one of the directors of Urbana Hair Removal Clinics.

      I am sorry to hear that you have not been fully satisfied with your results from your laser treatments with our clinic only having 60% reduction on the area. Normally we would expect around 90% + of the hair to be gone by the 8th session although this can vary if you have fair hair of some other issues that may affect the laser such as hormones etc. but this would always be detailed on your initial consultation with us.

      We would love the opportunity to reassess your results and see how we could improve upon them for you.

      As a company it is our policy to put your results and safety at the core of everything we do and we would love the opportunity for you to allow us to review your results and for you to honestly review your treatments and results with us after another 3 sessions which we will provide for free so you can review us fully on this thread.

      Based on the information in your review it may suit you better to attend our Drogheda Clinic but if you would like to contact me directly on 016351616 I can get you booked in for your reassessment with us and also your follow up treatments with us.

      It would be a great thread to discuss the results of your treatments as it will add so much more valuable information to anyone considering Laser in the future

      Thanks for your feedback


  • Grá (a different one) says:

    I’m really tempted by this too. Last time I got my underarms waxed, I ended up with some pretty nasty burns under both arms. Even though the pain didn’t seem worse than usual, after I got home, the skin was raw, and I ended up with scabs covering at least half of my underarms. Not pleasant!

    Anyway, the reason I’m explaining this is to say why I’m both interested in laser treatment and nervous about it. I don’t want to have scarring from it (esp as I was also considering it for my upper lip). Anyone know if there’s much risk of scarring from laser hair removal?

    • Valerie says:

      I am not sure of the risk of scarring! That’d be something to ask in a therapist in a consultation.

      • Grá (a different one) says:

        I know I could do that, but I’m not 100% sure I’d trust them. They’re trying to encourage you to give them more money, so as long as they say there’ll be a small risk but play it down, they’re covered by insurance.

        The therapist who did the waxing gave me terrible advice on what to do to to calm the skin after waxing, which actually made the burns worse.

      • Grá (a different one) says:

        I’m being overly nervous, perhaps, but I’m just concerned about being left with scarring on my face.

      • Valerie says:

        Sorry, can’t directly respond to your comment!

        I’m definitely not sure at all about this, so don’t take my word – but I think the only way it could scar is if it burns you, if the laser is at too hot a setting for your skin. A good therapist will tailor the laser to your needs. I THINK. I will ask Paula the next time and let you know?

      • Grá (a different one) says:

        Oh, that’d be great, thanks.

    • Banjaxed says:

      I’m no expert, but my understanding is that there is very little risk of scarring with laser hair removal, as long as you follow the advice given, eg. don’t tan or put creams on the area beforehand etc. If I remember correctly urbana has some do’s and don’ts on their home page. As I said above, I’ve had 8 sessions and no scarring – and that’s using a very strong setting aswell! My experience was also that they do go through with you any risks, if you’re on any medications etc. before your first session, and I had plenty of opportunity to ask questions too. They don’t want anything to happen to you either as it’s their reputation on the line! I’d book a consultation if I were you, and then go home and think about it before making any decision. Do some research online on the lasers used before you make up your mind.

    • Jenna-S says:

      Gra – It’ll will only burn and scar if your therapist has the setting on the laser too high or if you have a tan (real or fake). If you have pale skin you’ll be totally fine but if you’re skin is darker or more sallow your therapist will user the laser at a lower setting so that she does cause any burning or scarring ….at the lower setting it still works but you may need 1 or 2 extra sessions.

      • Joanne says:

        I didn’t scar from laser but did get pigmentation (freckles) all over the back of my legs after being out in the sun wifh spf 50 on. This was well after I had finished with the laser too. I would never have freckled there before so can only assume its because of the laser. They didn’t tell me that either at consultation.

  • Elle says:

    Does it really only work on dark hairs – I have blonde hairs on my face that drive me a bit crazy – I would love to get something to permanently reduce them but maybe laser will not work if it only half works on dark hair? Second question is there any risk to your sweat glands in getting laser under your arms – I don’t like messing with that kind of thing.

    • Clola says:

      My friend who is blonde was getting it done at the same time i was. It worked immediately for me as i have dark hair, however, she need a lot more then the 6 to 8 sessions they suggest. It did work eventually for her though :)

    • Joanne says:

      It doesn’t work at all on blonde hair, only dark coarse hair. It can also stimulate dormant hair follicles on the face, take a look at laser section, very informative

      • Elle says:

        Thanks so much Joanne – I definitely do not want to wake up any dormant hair follicles – eeeek!! Thanks for the tip I will check that website out. :)

  • Jenna-S says:

    I love laser – I started about 5 years ago with 1 area, saw the results and got hooked. It’s expensive so I keep an eye out for deals online and the pain is worth it. Unfortunately the tache always needs a top up every few months but it’s better than waxing/bleaching every week!

  • Rebelette says:

    I fell for all the hype and got my underarms done. During the treatments you’d notice that the hair wasn’t growing, but only six months later, even though the hair is a lot sparser, they’re coming back. :( I think you’ve to go back repeatedly for treatments.

    • OtherMary says:

      Yes, you need maintenance treatments every six months or so. I don’t think that’s bad.

  • Joanne says:

    Havana laser in Dublin are doing an offer of €99 for 6 sessions with a proper laser, great deal

    • Grá (a different one) says:

      The full price quoted is €595 for six sessions on one large area (underarms, bikini, forearms count as a large area each), but their main website list the price for six sessions on underarms *and* bikini as €595.

      Seems like a good deal, but something fishy about the advertised discount.

  • Corkgal says:

    There’s a deal on at the moment on one of the deal sites, I’m really considering getting it! Do u have to leave your underarms go for ages though to get it done? I hate not shaving there :(

  • Joanne says:

    No, you have to have the area shaved before every treatment.

  • n says:

    Is there an update on what happened on the upper lip?

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