There are only two clinics offering laser hair reduction near where I live. They both use the Soprano.
I’ve been having full-leg treatments since February, with the Soprano machine on a traditional diode setting (as opposed to the SHR “pain free” setting that they go on about in press releases).
The hair on my legs is coarse and dark, ankle to thigh, and my skin is very pale. The staff at the clinic assured me it was the best combination of hair/skin for laser treatments, and that I should see a dramatic difference.
Eight months and six sessions later, there’s a small patch on my right calf that looks hair-free – but all the hair on my thighs has grown back.
I asked the tech about settings, but she had no idea. Apparently it all works on presets, so I’m on the Skin Type I setting, whatever that is. The only figures I’ve seen are 3Hz, and 70 (which may be Joules? I had 63-65 for my first few treatments, but we cranked it up to 70 for the last one).
The clinic advised treatments every 4-6 weeks, but because of the re-growth we’ve been moving them further apart. My last session was after a 10-week gap, and I noticed that most of the new hairs came in at the 9-week mark. Is that why this hasn’t been working? Because I’ve been having treatments too often? We’re going to leave it 12 weeks before the next session. Does anyone have any other ideas of how to make this machine work for me?
It’s incredibly depressing to have spent over a thousand pounds and still have the horrible coarse hair.