I’m going to start laser hair removal sessions for the bikini area (brazilian) in the first week of Feb, and possibly on my forearms soon after that. The clinic I will be going to uses a Cynosure Apogee Elite laser - MPX I think? It has a NdYAG along with the Alex. I hope this is basically the same and as effective as the Alex-only Elite if I’m requesting they use the 755 wavelength but I don’t know the difference in spot size. I’ve picked a clinic with this machine partially because I read here that the Apogee may be slightly better than the Gentlelase for hair that’s slightly less coarse, like on my forearms.
I found another clinic I absolutely loved – great staff, professional, clean and with a great reputation – but they switched to the Soprano several years ago and while I’m sure it works better in their techs’ hands than it has for most people, I just felt more comfortable that an Alex would give me the permanency I wanted (though the lightsheer worked for me previously, too).
I’ve been researching a lot (and this forum has been very helpful, thank you!) this time around since I had two sessions about 8 years ago and was badly burned the second time when treating the inner bikini line area. When I say badly, I mean a spot that was black, blistering and that is now white where it happened. (I think this happened because the skin was darker and the settings probably too high, but also I think there was some hair that hadn’t been shaved there). That being said, I still had good results on the “outside the bathing suit” area - I would say about 50% of the hair has never grown back (this was with the lightsheer btw, but I don’t know the settings).
I am probably a Type II leaning towards III…Caucasian but with a more olive tone to my skin than many people, with dark brown hair. I’m wondering what settings I should push for on my first and subsequent sessions. Is 25J / 30ms okay to do the whole way through, or do I need to push for 30 after the first time? They said their usual setting for fair skinned bikini/underarm removal was 20J / 30ms, but are willing to adjust if the doctor will approve the settings I request. Also, it seems like they may want to switch to the NdYAG for the inner parts, possibly…any idea what approximate settings they should be using then, or what range? Or what it might need to change to if they stick with the Alex?
Thank you! And if I can sneak two more questions in quickly…
- EMLA is fine to use, right? I used it on my original treatments.
- From what I’ve read, all the hair I had showing just under the skin (after shaving) before the treatment should shed or they missed a spot, correct?
Thank you! Sorry this post was so long.