I had one treatment with the EpiTouch on May 23. I’m disappointed with the results. Not many hairs were shed. When the hair started growing back I thought it was making its way out of the shaft preparing to shed. Nooo. So far it seems about a 5%??? reduction. And it doesn’t seem to be randomly distributed. Small patches are bare and the rest is as usual. I can understand that the hairs have to be killed during the growth stage, but nobody can tell me that these growing hairs are distributed in patches.
I even tried to do my research before I got treatment. I picked a dermatologist that owns a skin care clinic. The technicians are RN’s. When I made my appointment I asked what kind of machine they used. The receptionist had to ask - she didn’t know! When she finally came back on the line, all she could (or would) tell me was that it was an alexandrite. My research up to that point said that an alex is good, so I paid my money and took my chances. During my appointment I checked the name on the machine. Then I came home to check it out. Results - not FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction. I posted messages about the EpiTouch on another board, but I didn’t receive any negative comments about it. I thought that maybe I would be o.k. Then, just the other day there were some negative comments in response to someone else’s posting. I am really bummed out!
This is what I know about my treatment with the EpiTouch - skin type II/dark brown-black hair, 5 mSec pulse, 22 joules. Areas treated - bikini, tummy, between buttocks. The negative comments about the EpiTouch included small spot size and not being very efficient when the larger endpiece is used. Sure, it’s really fast, but doesn’t that mean that the laser is just being scattered and wasted?? Plus, it’s old technology now. I don’t think anybody on the other message board can give me the real dirt on this machine, as none of the forum administrators use it. Bravo for them! Does anyone here have the scoop?
I am considering changing clinics where the Lightsheer diode is used. Now I am sickened with the thought that I will be screwed over again. My biggest worry is that they will do everything they can to prolong my treatment and make me spend more than is necessary. I’m not rich. The new clinic that I called is not operated by a doctor, but at this point I am thinking that I can’t do any worse. The technician told me that the Lightsheer is the latest technology available. Is this true? She also said that the Lightsheer will probably be more effective since the handpiece is actually pressed against the skin, forcing the blood away, which is supposed allow for a better zap.
Can anybody here let me know of their experiences with the Lightsheer? Are you happy with the results? How many treatments were required, etc? Can any of your experts give me a ballpark estimate on range of joules that are appropriate. I would like an answer to this question in order to gauge the clinic. For example, if they tell me that the Lightsheer is such a powerhouse that they are going to treat me with something like 5 joules, I think I should leave, right? Likewise, if they say that they will treat me at 100 joules in order to get good results, I will know that I should run. I don’t know what to expect from the Lightsheer. I only have the EpiTouch to compare it to. During my treatment I found that I could hardly feel it. But in some spots (maybe 1 out of every 7 zaps) - Holy smokes! It felt like only one hair was exploding. When she switched to the smallest endpiece for the delicate work between my buttocks, I could really feel it. I suspect that it was because it is difficult for the the cooling gel to stay applied between the buttocks?? The technician kept saying that there must be a lot of hair, but I think it was the lack of cooling gel. Any opinions from the experts? The technician was new, too. I was her first buttock guinea pig.
Well, that’s my sad story. I would really appreciate it if someone can answer my questions, particularly about the joule setting. It seems that people are afraid to go out on a limb by mentioning power settings. I know each person is different. I know to listen to my pain level. What I would like is for someone to tell it like it is! It’s a stretch for me to afford this treatment, so I certainly can’t afford to sue anybody over something as simple an an opinion. Rest assured, I am not looking for medical advice. Thanks for listening!
p.s. The diode technician said that the spot size is 9mm, if that means anything to anybody.