Hello, I am now twelve days post my second treatment with the Diode Lightsheer laser. To summarize from my previous posts and experience: I am type II to III skin type, dark coarse hair and I am having upper lip and chin treated. My first treatment was at 32-34 joules/12MM spot size and it was “intense”.(you can read my Decided on Diode post for more details) As I indicated before, once the shedding had started, roughly 8-10 days post treatment, the results were amazing. I had significant reduction-85% under the chin, 40% on my chin and 85% on uppper lip.
For my second treatment, I asked to have the topical anesthetic applied first and the tech also lowered the settings to 30 joules. I am not sure either of these measures were necessary since I had significant reduction from the first session, I believe it would have been less painful, less swelling just on the merits of less density.
Now, in the first session, the tech used the non-automated setting, that is, she took longer pauses between pulses, used compression and overlapped by 30%. The second time she used the automatic setting, and this is why some individuals describe the diode laser application as a “rolling” motion. Obviously with it automatic, they do not “pull the trigger”, it just zaps at a regular rythm and the tech needs to keep it moving—still hopefully overlapping by 30%.
Anyway, it was WAY less painful this time around, and minimal swelling. I was initially concerned that I would not have the same GOOD results from my first treatment, since I figured I needed to suffer for good results. But as with the first treatment, all of the DARK hair has fallen out as advertised.
Now, with the next issue. I had noticed from the first and second sessions both that the same areas had been “missed”. So, in a moment of curiousity I did the forbidden tweezing of a few of these hairs and to my GREAT annoyance, they were either RED(orange, to be specific) or WHITE mega thick hairs. argh. Obviously, these will not get killed by the laser and unfortunately make up about 20% of my hair issues.
I am assuming I need to finish out my laser regime and then start on electrolysis to finish off the offending white and red hairs. —any quick concise advise on the latter would be appreciated. I can only hope that this method has seen improvement from ten years ago.
Remaining “freak” hairs notwithstanding, I am very pleased with my laser experience thus far.