I would like to start by saying thanks for a forum like this. Thanks to Andrea the moderator as well as all of the people who really make this forum relevant by participating.
I have had 2 treatments with a diode lightsheer. it has been done by an dr. affiliated to Jerome Garden, someone invvoled with lasers for awhile. I beleive this person has vast experience, he did test patches, etc. All of the things a good practicioner should.
That said, I have a feeling I might be grossly under-treated. I am not sure of all of the paramters, like pulse width, but I do know the fluence used is 20 j/cm2. I have read on this board that not much happens before the threshold of 28. I am relatively fair (type 2+) with dark brown hair. When I asked my dr. about this (the downside is he is he is always swamped with patients so there isnt much time for discussion) he stated that optimal is about 23 and more than that usually causes scarring. I do feel the laser and am red for about 12 hours after.
As previously stated, I dont know all variables that fluence might be dependant on. Has anyone else been treated successfully in the 20 J range? Does this sound inadequate to people? It is still too early for me to see quantifiable results, but I would like to confirm the efficacy of my treatment before my 3rd session. I am doing a big area and its quite costly.
thanks in advance for any guidance.