I am a 25 year old female dealing with embarrassing facial hair on my cheeks, chin, upper lip and the small lower lip area. In 2002 I decided that I’ve had enough and I went for LHR for my entire face. I was 18 at the time and made the big mistake of not doing research on laser on my own. I was desperate and thought laser is new technology and the new, improved way of removing hair. I went in for a consultation and settled for a place that used the Lightsheer Diode Laser. I’m skin type II (possibly III) and had fine dark hair on my cheeks ( the areas where I never touched) and course black hair on my chin and upper lip ( due to threading, waxing).
I went for 5 sessions and after each laser session I would get shedding but the hair would all grow back in the following weeks. I thought as long as the hair is shedding it must be working so I kept going back but then I realized that the fine hair on my cheeks had turned into black course hair and my chin and upper lip had no improvement and I pretty much looked like I had a man’s beard. On top of that, I also had a few hairs growing on my neck. I stopped going and told them about this but of course they told me that laser can’t cause more growth and can’t change the texture of the hair. After reading this site, I know I’m not crazy and it CAN happen if low settings are used on fine hair.
Here are the settings used on my face :
1st trmt: 15 J 30ms
2nd trmt: 17 J 30ms
3rd trmt: 12 J Auto
4th trmt: 13 J Auto
5th trmt: 16 J Auto
So at the point I had dark course stubbly hair all over my cheeks, chin, upper lip and lower lip and I started waxing, tweezing, nair, bleach, shaving, threading, anything to be hair free for a couple days so I could leave the house and get through school. Of course all of this only made the hair stronger, thicker, and worse than before. I was extremely hesitant on trusting another laser after what had happened but I was so desperate and in 2006 I went to another laser specialist. She used the Cutera Coolglide. I had 6 sessions for my entire face with this laser. The settings used were:
1st trmt: 52J 20ms
2nd trmt: 60J 20ms
3rd trmt: 61J 15ms
4th trmt: 62J 15ms
5th trmt: 60J 10ms
6th trmt: 62J 15ms
My last session was in 2008 and I stopped going because I wasn’t getting any good results on my upper lip or chin. I told her this and she changed the pulse width to 10 ms which she told me was extremely risky but even with that, the hair still kept growing back course, thick, black and plenty. I talked to her about this and she told me that this is very rare and she doesn’t want me to waste my money because I should have seen results on my chin/upper lip by the 6th treatment. Also, I got nice results on my cheeks but now 2 years later, I’m seeing new dark hairs coming out on my cheeks as well. Since I’ve stopped laser, I’ve been shaving everyday and the hair is very obvious and I need help.
My questions are: For the Lightsheer diode, where the settings used on my face good or were they too low and this caused more growth, courser hair? I don’t really know what the proper settings are for skin type II?
How about the settings for Coolglide YAG? Were they in the right range for my skin type?
After reading this forum, I understand now that YAG is actually better for darker skin types and I would have gotten better results if I went with GentleLase. I don’t understand why this is? Does that mean that I would need more sessions with YAG in order to see the same results as I would get if I had gone with GentleLase? Is this because the settings used on the YAG laser are too low for my skin type to prevent burning me? Because I have to say that it sure did hurt and I thought this pain meant that it’s working.
Thank you so much for any help/advice/answers you can give me.