Telling someone what you do for a living doesn’t necessarily have to define you, but I have the unique occupation that it kind of does. I’m a gynecologist’s MA, and I’ve been doing this type of thing in this type of field for almost my entire professional life. I jokingly say that vagina is my life, but in all reality, it sorta is. I’m the girl you call when you’re period is funky, or your birth control is making you crazy. I’m the call you make when you have suspicious bumps or an unexplained odor and your mind is racing over the last person you may or may not have unprotected sex. I like talking you down from the ledge, lifting you up when you need it, and treating you, hopefully, how I would like to be treated in the same situation.
So when my job started offering laser hair removal, and I tried it, I saw some pretty amazing benefits from it based upon what I see daily. It’s not just fun because you don’t have to shave and it’s pain-free (I’ll touch on this more later…), but there are some serious health benefits that I’ve seen from doing it. Firstly, the possibility of angry, inflamed ingrown hairs is all but eliminated. Every girl knows how massively annoying ingrowns can be, especially if they get infected. Laser hair penetrates the shaft of the hair follicle, completely eliminating the issue of an ingrown ruining your weekend.
Not to mention the inevitable irritating razor burn that follows a close shave around the bikini line. If you’re anything like me, I have about 12 hours before my perfectly shorn bikini line turns into a war zone. Which just happens to coincide with that boat party where I get to sit in the lake with my raw, exposed skin all day. Awesome.
Also, and this is an interesting, albeit, lesser known fact. UTI’s and bacterial infections are very common with our patients, mainly because of the infrequency they hydrate themselves in combination with working out and the humidity in our fine city. Most UTI’s are caused by the same thing – E.Coli – which is a bacteria that comes from our stool. By doing laser on your full bikini (highly recommend) which incorporates the perimeum and rectal area along, I’ve seen chronic UTI’s in certain patients diminish. By taking away any unwanted hair from that area, you also take away any potential bacteria that likes to hide. This goes double for the pubic hair around the vagina.
Now, onto the second area of my life that laser hair removal has significantly made easier. You see, I’m not just an MA extraordinaire during my day life, I’m also a full time single mommy of a precocious five year old boy. The reason laser hair has been a lifesaver from this aspect of my life is quite simple – time-saver! My shower time is cut in half if I don’t have to bend down, or sit down, to shave all my nooks and crannies. I hardly get any time alone and shower time is no exception. It’s so nice to wake up, rinse off, and face the day – I can wear shorts, short sleeves and tank tops, and swim attire and have the utmost confidence that my skin is bare and not prickly to touch. It’s a lovely feeling.
So there is my perspective on why laser hair removal is such a game changer for me and my life. And why I think it’s the BEST choice out there for my patients, better than shaving and definitely better than waxing! Our LightSheer DUET laser is top of the line (there’s only two in Austin!), pain-free (I promise!) and takes about 5-15 minutes a session, depending on the area. We run specials monthly and have openings all day! Come by and check it out for yourself!!
Karen Rein, MA
Premier Gynecology of Austin