I’m a middle-eastern male living in NYC.
I went in to have a test patch done with an independent nurse/laser practitioner in NYC. I think I have skin type IV. The laser that was used was a Lightsheer Diode and I believe it was at 25 Joules. I researched this person on the web and they seemed to be good.
However, I did get these red spots (some of which looked/felt like scabs) and some whiteheads on my arm. This lasted for approximately a week before it went away.
Now I have 3 questions for anyone out there kind enough to reply!
(1) I was happy/surprised to see that the hair didn’t return for 3-4 weeks, but I didn’t think the redness was healthy. Any opinions? Should I be using the Nd:Yag laser instead (and/or will it reduce the liklihood of these symptoms?).
Btw, I don’t care if the hair removal is permanent as long as the hair is gone between sessions (so if Nd:Yag is “less permanent” I don’t care about that - safety and hair between sessions is most important to me).
(2) Also, some of the hair didn’t fall out but remained as burnt stubs (had to shave/tweeze it out). Not a big deal, but is that normal?
(3) Finally, I’m thinking of going in to get shoulders and back waxed for a vacation. How adversely would this affect any future laser treatments (it would be my first wax session and prior to starting laser)?