So, yesterday was my third treatment for underarms/abdomen, and 2nd treatment for upper lip and chin.
I forgot to mention previously that for facial treatments with laser hair removal, the clinic requires patients to wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth (enamel, I think) and for all treatments, patients are required to wear goggles to protect their eyes.
The tech started with my upper lip and I expected to not have much pain at all, but I was surprised. It was definitely more painful this time. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t shave as close or because the settings were higher. I felt a lot more of the “snapping” all over the lip area, where last time I only felt a few areas here and there snapping. It was definitely more intense this time, but I was still able to bear the pain with only a little bit of wincing. Most of the lip area was very red right after treatment and sore. Not really a burning sensation, but I guess how it would feel after being hit with a rubber band. The tech applied some soothing lotion.
My chin was next. It was much easier than last time since there is much less hair this time. I only felt the intense snapping in a few areas where the most coarse hairs still remained. It was definitely bearable, though. Right after treatment I could see that some of the hairs had already been expelled. A few of them appeared to be right under the skin. The area was red with a few small swollen areas. Not nearly as bad as last time, and I didn’t notice any dark discoloration so that is great! The tech applied some soothing lotion.
Next was my underarms… hooo wee! I would have to say there was more pain than the last treatment. Not sure why… maybe more hair had come in, maybe because the settings were higher. Nowhere near as much pain as the first time, but definitely painful. The areas were very red and sore after treatment. The tech applied some soothing lotion.
Next was my abdomen. The tech turned down the power and the treatment was very bearable. A few painful snaps, but very easy to bear. The area was red right after treatment.
5 hours later:
Upper lip - slight soreness. Redness is gone. A few tiny swollen areas. Otherwise can’t tell treatment was done.
Chin - some swelling in areas where there was coarse hair. One area looks to be a bit darker, maybe slight bruising. Some of the swollen spots are sore to the touch.
Underarms - sore when fabric touches them. Like a razor burn or something. Red spots on some of the follicles. Most redness is gone, only a few small areas that are still red.
Abdomen - redness is gone, many red spots around follicles. A tiny bit sore to the touch.
Morning - 17 hrs after treatment:
Upper lip is fine. No redness or swelling or pain. Might see some bald patches. A few red areas, a few very small pimples popped up.
Chin is ok. A few small whiteheads popped up around some follicles. A few small discolored areas with a slight amount of swelling. A few small areas are sore to the touch. Redness is gone.
Underarms are okay. A few red follicles here and there, some hair that looks like it was zapped. Still tender.
Abdomen is doing much better. Redness is gone, only 2 or 3 red follicles with a few black spots where the hair is caught under the skin.
I’ll keep everyone updated on progress (at least I hope it’s progress! )