A few days ago, I walked into FAB Aesthetics for the first time, with a view to trying out laser hair removal. This appointment was booked with the lovely Louise, for a consultation and patch test.
FAB Aesthetics has been open for six months, and it's clear to see why it's so successful. Upon walking into the clinic, I was amazed by how clean and bright it is. I mean seriously, I think it's the most dazzlingly clean place I've ever seen. It's just what I imagine the waiting room for heaven would look like!
Louise has 15 years of experience in the business, and it really shows in her professional manner and expert knowledge. She is so friendly and welcoming, and has a personality that could immediately put anyone at ease.
After being offered a drink, I was given a form to fill in. This only took around two minutes and wasn't complicated at all. Just the details you would expect a professional consultant to take, for example any existing medical conditions or medications I was taking.
Once this was complete, I was taken upstairs to the treatment room. Bright, light and scrupulously clean, it was every bit as beautiful as the reception area. We sat on comfortable chairs by the window, and Louise proceeded to go through the form with me, just to check there were no potential issues before doing my patch test.
Louise talked me through my chosen treatment, explaining exactly how it worked, how many sessions would be required, and the cost of the treatment (which was surprisingly low).
Next, it was time for my laser hair removal patch test, which was, surprisingly, completely pain free. A little cold, and somewhat ticklish, being on my underarm, but absolutely no pain whatsoever.
Aftercare was then discussed, and I was given an opportunity to ask any questions regarding my treatment. I returned the next day for my first laser hair removal treatment, which you can read all about in my next blog, coming soon!
I would thoroughly recommend FAB Aesthetics to anyone looking for a clinic that specialises in laser hair removal, aesthetic treatments and injectables. Watch this space for more reviews of the amazing range of treatments on offer in heaven's waiting room!
Yes, I know body hair is natural and that some people believe my
removal of it makes me a 'pawn for the patriarchy.' However, I believe
that everyone should be entitled to look the way they want, regardless
of whether it is in keeping with societal norms or not. Whilst I respect
the wishes of those who like to keep their underarm hair, I'm not a fan
of it on myself.
After many years of shaving, waxing, epilating and generally torturing
my body, I thought about having electrolysis. I did some reading on
the differences between electrolysis and laser hair removal, and found
that electrolysis takes longer and is more painful. So that pretty much
made my decision for me!
It is super important to do your research if you are thinking about
having laser hair removal or electrolysis. Many 'freelance therapists'
claim to have their own laser or electrolysis machines, but end up
being pretty dodgy. Amateur clinicians with dubious equipment could
cause you burns and scarring; not the look you're after.
Once I was sure I'd found a professional clinic, I trotted off to FAB
Aesthetics to try out laser hair removal. Following a consultation and
patch test with Louise 24 hours earlier (see my last blog for more
information), it was now time for my treatment. The procedure had
been fully explained to me on my visit the day before, but I was given
an opportunity to ask any further questions beforehand.
I lay down with my arm above my head, and some cooling gel was
applied to my underarm. The laser, which I was informed was 'ice-
tipped', was then moved over my skin. Amazingly, the treatment only
lasted around 30 seconds per underarm! Even more surprisingly, it
was completely pain free. The laser heats up to between 50 and 70
degrees, so I had expected at least some pain, but none came. It was
a bit cold, and somewhat ticklish, but certainly not at all painful.
Louise then explained aftercare, which wasn't anything complicated. I
just had to steer clear of sun exposure or extreme heat, such as
saunas, for 72 hours. I was also not to have any really hot baths or
showers for 24 hours, although lukewarm was fine. Exercise was to
be avoided for 48 hours (which wasn't an issue, as I avoid exercise at
all costs!) The only slight concern I had was not using deodorant for
24 hours, but in the end it wasn't too much of a problem.
For anyone considering laser hair removal, here are answers to some
of the questions you might have.
How does laser hair removal work?
The laser heats up and damages your hair follicles, whilst keeping
your skin safe. Not all hairs will be in the optimum (anagen) phase of
growth for laser hair removal treatment at the same time. Therefore
usually between six and nine treatments are required.
Is laser hair removal equally effective on everyone?
Yes, all skin tones can be treated. The treatment is most effective on
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Whilst electrolysis is the only FDA approved method of permanent
hair removal, laser hair removal drastically reduces hair growth so
much that you won't need to shave anymore. It can be performed
anywhere on the body, and the machine can cover large areas in a
Is laser hair removal safe?
Yes, absolutely, but only if you do your research to find a professional
clinic that uses safe and effective equipment. You do not want to run
the risk of the machine overheating the skin, potentially causing
blistering and pigment changes. In addition, ensure that you follow
your aftercare instructions, the most important being to avoid sun
Does laser hair removal hurt?
In a word, no! (See above)
Is laser hair removal haram?
Yes, laser hair removal is generally permissible in Islam, as long as it
is performed by another woman. Laser hair removal on the bikini line
is, however, not allowed, as it involves uncovering the area between
the knee and the naval (the awrah).
Can I have laser hair removal on tattooed skin?
In short, no. There would be no way for the laser to know not to
target the pigment of the tattoo ink. This could lead to burning and
serious skin damage.
Overall, my experience of laser hair removal was definitely a positive
one. I'm definitely looking forward to being fuzz-free! Keep your eyes
peeled for more blogs on treatments at FAB Aesthetics, coming soon.