Seriously. I have had years dealing with waxing and all that crap, so epilation pain is nothing new to me. But never have I had to slather my legs with lidocaine an hour beforehand (I put it on too thicky when I started and didn’t have enough for the back of my calves)–and when I told the receptionist I didn’t treat the back of my legs at all, her eyes bulged. When I told the nurse who did the procedure, she ran off to get ice packs to rest my legs on. Uh oh, I thought.
Then when she gave me goggles, and two stress balls, and then said she was running off to get ice pops, I nervously chuckled, “Ummmm…am I having laser hair removal, or am I giving birth here today??” Seriously, way to spook a gal.
(Turns out, the ice pops are part of the laser procedure–she rubs the area to be treated with them, and they lubricate the skin while also providing yet another form of pain relief.)
Now, let’s make it clear: it hurt. It truly did. Felt similar to a bee sting, or getting snapped with a rubber band a few hundred times in that hour. But it wasn’t that bad (knees and ankles sucked, though). Good conversation is always a good distraction from pain, and really overall the pain level experienced was akin to when I’d get leg and bikini waxes (nothing extravagant, just tidying up the place) together. Not horrible at all.
But good NIGHT–all the prep started to make it seem I was attempting surgery without anesthesia.
FTR–I decided to get this because I’m tired of bending in the shower to shave my lower legs (I put them on a stool and bend forward), and it has twice caused my back to go out. Two back surgeries in 16mos mean I’m more protective of my back these days–annnnnnd with the possibility of a second pregnancy in the next year, I don’t want to deal with shaving and bending with a big belly (that’s what caused my back to go to shit the first ime)…and I’m too friggin’ furry to NOT shave (I shave in the morning, and feel stubble by bedtime). While it’s pricey, so is a lifetime of razor blades and shave gels.