Thursday, March 10, 2011

the laser

Y'all know that I'm a huge fan of groupon, right? (click there to sign up, duh!)  I try to pimp them out whenever I can. 

I buy way too many deals, but I can't help myself. 

When something is essentially half off (or more) I find some reason to think that I need it. 

And generally I do.  (OK, that's probably a lie....but being able to try a new restaurant or service at half the price is genius).

About a year ago I purchased a groupon for laser hair removal. 

This was back in the day when I was referring people left and right and they were giving me some groupon bucks to fill out surveys, so I was rollin' in the groupon dough, so to speak.  So I paid about $40 for laser hair removal that usually costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $900.

I've been going to get lasered for close to 10 months now so I kind of know the drill:  Show up, lay down, throw on some goggles, and then they zap your hair away. 

All in all, this process takes about 3 minutes (depending on what area you're having treated). 

Most of the time it's pretty painless.  Most of the time....  There have been a few times where I thought I was going to cry.

At my last appointment I had a new laser lady.  I mean, not only was she new to me, but she was new to lasering.

She was very nice, but I'm starting to think that maybeher lasering skills may still be lacking...

As she was lasering I started to smell something that smelled like fire or burning skin, to be more specific.  I think there may have even been a little smoke.

She at one point said: "ooh, that smells like somethings burning!"



I woke up the next day to a lovely patch of burnt skin that hurts and looks like hell.

I debated on telling the spa about the incident...I didn't want to get the new lady in trouble but I wasn't sure what was going on and finally decided that if it were a training issue that it needed to be corrected so that it wouldn't happen again to another patient.

After multiple phone calls back and forth, nothing still was decided on what actually happened.  Apparently I just had a bad reaction to this treatment and I now have some awesome blisters on my upper lip to show for it (oh and I left out the part about the smell of burning skin...). 

I look so hot.

The spa did feel awful about this isolated incident and has never had anything like it happen before. 

To compensate for my ugly face, they gave me a few more sessions free and apologized immensely for the problem...even though it appears that it was no ones fault.

Oh, the price we pay for beauty (and to be hair-free)....


  1. I love the way that you are willing to let these people “have a second opportunity to let you have a bad reaction to the treatment” come on fess up you are now addicted to the smell of your own burning skin with a side order of awesome upper lip blisters (at no extra charge….)

  2. Sorry system crashed so I may have posed the same comment twice....

    No extra charge

  3. aaaaaaaaaaaah! there's a groupon for laser hair removal for my city today and I'm considering buying it - I just have two fears (1. it'll take more than 4 sessions and I'm too poor to buy more, 2. PAIN - which now after reading your post includes blisters and burning skin)... what do you think??

  4. I like the pube hair in your drawing.

  5. YIKES! When you say upper lip....

    I bought spider vein removal on groupon and now I'm not allowed to buy anything else. I'll let you know if it works ;)