Over the last few years, I've been creating a mental bucket list of adult things to try whenever the opportunity arises: Fly first class, purchase one killer piece of furniture, learn to master a recipe that'll blow everyone away, and try laser hair removal.
In the name of beauty and journalism, I finally decided to check off that last item. The hair on my bikini line is dark and grows back too damn fast. So, the idea of not having any hair there - and not having to shave every day - was too good to pass up. Fed up with my constant stubble, I booked my appointment at Canada MedLaser in Toronto. Here's my honest review.
I showed up at the (beautiful) Downtown Toronto location on a sunny Saturday afternoon. To prep, all I had to do was shave the area that I wanted lasered. After checking in at the front desk and being greeted by very friendly staff, I was handed a peppermint tea and led to a room for my consultation. Now, it should be noted that, as someone who's never even tried waxing, let alone laser hair removal, I had no idea what to expect. If I'm being completely honest, I was a little nervous at the whole concept. A laser... down there?! Is this really safe? Am I even a good candidate for laser hair removal? As it turns out, I am. And guys, it is safe!
While laser hair removal doesn't work for everyone, those with coarse, dark hair make the most ideal candidates. The treatment uses a concentrated, pulsating beam of light that's absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. This light energy is converted to heat, which damages the follicles that produce hairs. Blonde or strawberry blonde hair doesn't have enough pigment to attract the laser's heat, making the treatment ineffective for those with pale skin and thin blonde hair. As someone who's pale and has dark hair, I was an ideal candidate.
I should note here that, typically, those with darker complexions can be at risk for damaging the melanin in their skin during a laser hair removal treatment, which can cause serious irritation to the skin’s surface. Luckily, the laser used by Canada MedLaser is different. They use the Candela GentleMax Pro, the gold standard for laser treatments for all skin types.
After my consultation, I was well informed. I felt ready. I knew what laser they were using on me (and my sensitive bits), I loved that the treatment was customizable, and I was relieved that I was considered a good candidate for laser hair removal. But what I really wanted to know was: Would it hurt? Let me preface this with the fact that I have the pain tolerance of a small child. That's why one of the first questions I asked during my consultation was how bad was the pain was going to be. I wouldn't feel pain, but heat, I was told. The laser uses a Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) to minimize discomfort.
Once it was time for my appointment, I was brought to a room with a large white machine and what looked like a doctor's examination table. I was told to take off my clothes and lie down as I awaited the medical aesthetician who arrived a minute later.
Next thing I knew, the treatment was done. I'm not kidding. The whole thing took less than two minutes.
After explaining exactly what would go down, the medical aesthetician used the laser on either side of where my bikini bottoms would sit. I felt a slight pulsating heat, followed by a refreshing cool sensation. Then, it was over. My first session was complete in under 90 seconds!
So, what do I think? I'm amazed. All of my fears were unfounded. It didn't hurt. It was quick, painless, and I would 100% do it again. There's no downtime, results are effective, and my skin feels so smooth! I look good and I feel great.
Interested in feeling the same? In addition to bikini line and Brazilian services, Canada MedLaser provides laser hair removal for the entire body and any 12 month treatment package includes a results guaranteed policy. Treatments for underarms and bikini line cost $419.00 for 5 treatments or $599.00 each for 12 months. Prices can start from $242.00 for 5 treatments of a small area like the upper or lower lip, to $920.00 for 12 months of a medium area like the chin and anterior neck. Canada MedLaser also offers occasional promotions to ensure that you get the bang for your buck!
Canada MedLaser also offers services for body contouring, skin treatments, and cosmetic injections - which also seem super exciting to try!