Hello everyone…I am new to laser hair removal and these forums are very helpful, wish I had discovered them before starting my treatments!
I am getting laser on my bikini area (Brazilian), “happy trail”, under arms, and unibrow. I am looking for complete clearance on all areas except Brazilian, just getting a couple of clearances and hoping to scale/shape it down a bit. I approximate my skin type at fitzpatrick III – IV (closer to III, but somewhere in between…I am half middle eastern). Hair on all treated areas is dark. I already signed up for a package (again, before I discovered these forums) which includes the sixth treatment free.
My first treatment was April 24th.
I do not know what settings were used for this treatment, but I believe it was the same as the settings used for the second treatment.
I did experience complete shedding after three weeks on the unibrow, happy trail, underarms, and bikini line. 95% shedding on the Brazilian area. There was one small area in the “lower” Brazilian which did not completely shed. The hair looked lighter so it could be that… or it could be that she missed those areas (my first Brazilian treatment was very painful and I had to ask her to pause several times to pull myself together). Since I am not looking for complete Brazilian clearance, I am ok with this. But I’ll see what happens after future treatments.
I would estimate about 20% new growth after the initial treatment in all areas (no new growth on unibrow). I do realize it is too early to tell if this successfully damaged the follicles.
My second treatment was yesterday, June 8th.
The Brazilian/bikini area was less painful during this session (probably because the hair was less dense this time). I was able to get through the entire treatment without taking a break.
After the technician left the room, I looked at the machine (GentleMax alex) and the settings indicated 12 J/cm2, 3 ms, 2 hz. I believe they are using the largest spot size (which is 18mm?) because they told me they would be doing that before the test spot and first treatment.
I suspect after reading some posts here and on hairtell that the joules may be low, and I should see if the technician will increase it to around 14 or 16? And what is the best way to politely suggest it without offending?