After struggling for a long time with treatments that seem to miss huge patches of hair on my lower legs (up to 40-50% some times), I finally decided to take action to prevent missed spots today:
I drew a grid on my legs before the appointment in white pencil. I have heard this advice offered before, it’s nothing new, but I want to emphasize what a DIFFERENCE it makes, even if you don’t think it matters. My laser tech seemed offended at first, and started telling me he never misses spots and that it’s just the hair cycle (yes, my hair grows in perfect one inch strips candy-striped around my leg, that makes sense). But in the end he proceeded.
Here’s the important part of my story: The treatment was SO thorough! Previously the number of pulses for both my lower legs in a session was about 250 pulses total, but today I snuck a peak at the log and my pulse total was 750!!! So I was right the whole time that he was only treating a fraction of the total area. A thorough treatment was over 3 times the number of pulses he used previously, and today’s session took twice as long, too. And my legs actually turned a little pink (they have never reacted in any way previously, despite using the highest settings possible every time).
So if your laser center doesn’t offer free touch ups, definitely try out a grid. It makes such a difference, I’m so pleased…