Some quick background. I’m male, 37, Skin Type II with dark blonde hair and blue eyes. My skin is often more Type III from being out in the sun for work or vacation. I have somewhat in between coarse/fine black hairs on back/shoulders not very thick but definitely all over the back and shoulders and noticable.
About two years ago I went to Alase Med Spa for IPL laser hair removal for my back. Had six treatments. A year after the sixth treatment - all the hair grew back.
Two months ago, I purchased a package for $1,800 for 4 laser hair treatments for my back from a legtimate laser hair removal doctor located in Northern Virginia. The Doctor had a variety of lasers but because my skin was somewhat tanned recommended the use of the Coolglide XEO YAG laser. I had the first treatment at settings 60 Joules, 20 ms. It took the doctor only about 30 minutes. Days after the first treatment all the hair grew back and there was no shedding?
I contacted the doctor and he told me to come back in 4 weeks for another treatment. I had another treatment last week. Again the doctor used the Coolglide XEO because he again said my skin was somewhat tanned. This time he said he used the setting on the Coolglide 60 Joules, 10ms. He told me that 60 Joules was the max power on the Coolglide that he would use for my skin type and that all subsequent treatments would be at 60 Joules? Again the entire back treatment took only 30 minutes.
It has been a week since the second treatment and all the hair has grown back and no shedding has occured.
A few questions:
-Should my treatments only be taking 30 minutes for the entire back?
-Is 60 J/20ms the right setting for me on the Coolglide? I feel like people on this board have had treatments at much higher settings but the doctor is indicating this is the highest he uses?
-Finally, I know this doctor also has a diode laser? For my skin type and somewhat in between coarse/fine back hair - wouldn’t this laser be better? I agree with the doctor - that my skin is somewhat tan (which I can’t help from working at a pool 1-2 days a week) - but would that totally eliminate using a diode?