People often comment that it seems like Laser doesn’t work based on so many problems posted on this Forum, and I and others have said that this is not a scientific way to determine success rates, as people with problems have a need to look for Forum’s like these, and people who are happy with Laser treatments just go about there lives. I came across the following post on another Forum, and it seems to partially explain the mentality of people that either don’t ever post or dissapear from the Forum.
"I just wanted to quickly relate my story of success, offer advice, and shout out to all nervous newbies that laser can and does work.
i came to the site a couple of years ago, completely ignorant and freaked out, and after many weeks of posting and research here, i was able to make an informed decision about how to proceed. i would like once again to thank the Moderators, as this site was the SOLE reason i was able to make that informed decision.
my advice to everyone starting out - do your research! preferably here. before i discovered this site, i was about to make an appointment with a very expensive dermatologist using a sh*tty machine.
anyway, i found the right technician with the right machine, and i have had spectacular results on my feet, arms, hands, and shoulders, using the gentlelase plus. i’ll admit, my first time, the pain caught me off guard, but every time after was relatively easy, and i discovered the old ‘two beers right before ya go in’ method, which works wonders (for me, anyway).
also, i would like to add that as soon as i got results, i stopped posting here. i remember many people voicing concerns that sometimes it seems like laser only poses problems. but message boards are places to dump problems, so if it seems like laser is more bad than good, remember that many people who are happy with laser never come back!
good luck to everyone, keep level-headed, have a positive attitude, and do your homework!
and if anyone has any questions about my experiences and/or treatments, i’d be happy to oblige… I’ve probably been in for six or seven treatments total, on different places. I’ve always had a sort of mish-mash approach, like “I’ll pay 200 dollars. I want less hair in these areas. Hit me where you can!” Different parts of the body yielded better results than others, but from my point of view, there’s no part of my body that wouldn’t end up relatively hair free with enough treatments. The feet were the best - I had two or three quick treatments there, and not a single frickin’ hair has grown back in like three years. It’s almost like I have forgotten that once I was ashamed to take my shoes and socks off at the beach…
I have not been in for a treatment in many many months. Not really in the budget at the time being. But now that I have taken care of my real problem areas, I can live with where my body is at. The best part of LHR is knowing that I can get it in the FUTURE! Even though I still have hair that I’d prefer to be rid of, I am no longer sick with the helpless thoughts that I will be uncomfortable with my body for the rest of my life. Just knowing that LHR is an OPTION that I can seek when I have the money, is HUGE load-off. Remember this, newbies! The worst part of the whole ordeal is the worrying at the beginning. I cancelled my first appointment – I was too embarassed and sketched out. But once I started going, it became no big thang, and I am now LHR’s biggest fan.
Of course, nothing was taken care of in one single treatment. But I can say that I had NOTICEABLE IMPROVEMENT with every single time. And the places, like my feet, that I was able to get hair free, have remained completely hair free this ENTIRE TIME (three years now!)
Patience, education, a tech who knows what’s up, and of course a certain monetary commitment. That’s what ya need."
[ April 19, 2004, 11:44 AM: Message edited by: redhead ]