Aaack! Eeep! Owww! That's the audio version of my at-home laser hair removal adventure. I held the Tria Laser Hair Removal System ($595; to my armpit so it could zap away the fuzz there. And by "zap" I mean beam laser energy into the pigment of the hair, damaging the follicle so it can no longer function. Why the sound effects? Because the process hurts. Every time you press the Tria to a new patch of skin, a beep is accompanied by a hot snapping sensation. But as a longtime subscriber to the "no pain, no gain" school of hair removal (why bleach when you can pluck? shave when you can wax?), I persisted with my snappy treatments (on the most powerful setting) every two weeks for three months, then monthly for five more (as stipulated by the directions). And now my right armpit is practically hairless. I shave any remaining fuzz about every two weeks (and do a touch-up laser treatment about every four). The only problem: I still have to shave my left "control" armpit every day. I've now started treatments on it, though, and I look forward to having two silky smooth pits by 2011. (Find out if you're a good candidate for this treatment.)

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