So I just went in for my first treatment at a place in SF that is supposedly very popular and has high ratings on yelp. They have GentleLASE, GentleYAG, and Lightsheer Diode. I am a type III or IV (middle eastern) and I assumed they would use the Lightsheer on me but they took me to a room with the GentleLASE.
I voiced all my questions and concerns about having high enough settings and induced hair growth for males on the back and shoulder area. I also asked if I my skin color is too dark for GentleLASE. Basically, she was nice and answered my questions but said that she didn’t think I needed the YAG and she said the GentleLASE would hurt less than the Lightsheer and would be most effective (although she did say we can always experiment with different machines).
During the actual treatment I asked what settings she was using and it was 6 and 7 joules at different times. I didn’t get the spot size, but I’ll ask next time. From reading this forum I realize that even on 18mm that is considered very low, even useless. I don’t know what to do thought because after I asked this she said very confidently (maybe almost dismissively but not rudely) something along the lines that she’s been doing this for 4 years, she knows what she’s talking about. You can’t believe everything you read online, settings are so individualized that there’s no way you can make generalizations about them.
I’m writing this just hours after the treatment. It did hurt although not unbearably, and there is redness and swelling around the follicles, but considering the setting I don’t know if it’s any good. She told me to expect shedding after about a week or so and that it would hurt less each time because the hair will be less and finer.
What do you guys think of this? Do I need to go elsewhere? I thought I had found a good place but now I’m not so sure.