I’m new here, and I want to get laser hair removal. My skin is a type III, but I don’t have a tan. I want to laser hair off of my buttocks, legs, arm pits, arms, stomach, and bikini area. The most embarassing part is my butt. I have long dark coarse hair on my butt, so that’s the part I want to start lasering first. I would have loved to use laser sooner in my life, but my parents and I couldn’t afford it. The money I’m using now is from student loans (I’m 20 years old and in college). So I’m hoping laser will work in getting rid of the hair, because I’d hate to still be hairy and also be in debt.
Let me tell you a little more about my hair drama past. I started to get dark coarse hair on my body when I was 12 years old (several months after first receiving my period). The worse spots were on my butt, pubic area, and legs. I haven’t worn shorts or a bathing suit since I was 12! When I first started shaving, I would just use an old disposable shaver and water! I obviously didn’t know who to shave and my mother didn’t teach me, because she didn’t know how to shave properly. My mother is middle eastern, but she doesn’t have as much hair as I do (well she doesn’t have butt hair like me). My father is of European decent (English, Danish, etc.). I have by far the worst body hair in both sides of my family.
When I was 14 or 15 had a hormonal imbalance test done by my pediatrician, and the results came back negetive. I had another hormonal test done when I was 18 by an endocrinologist, but the results also came back negetive. I don’t know if I should really trust those results and doctors (I have HMO), because I’ve been tests 5 times for iron deficiency anemia (I am usually fatigued), and thrice the results came back negetive and twice the results came back positive. I don’t have much trust in doctors because of that. When I was 15, I decided to go on the birth control pill ortho tricyclin, because I believed their was something hormonally wrong with me. Well, I was young and naive, and I didn’t realize that the pill wouldn’t help and could even make hair growth worse! I was on the pill for about 6 to 8 months, and when I didn’t see any change in my hair growth, I stopped. When I was 17 or 18, I convinced my mother to take me down to Mexico in order to buy some estrogen pills. She did it, but regreted it. I took the pills for about a month and a half with no results to my body hair. Once again, I was naive and not informed about how estrogen doesn’t control hair growth, and the androgen hormone is the controller over hair growth.
Also, when I was 14, I got electrolysis on my arm pits and legs (I was too embarassed to get my butt done. Imagine your butt in the air while someone sticks a needle in your butt cheeks! Yeesh!). I would go almost every weekend for almost 3 months, and each session would last about 2 hours. Electrolysis takes a very long time, and even though I spent a lot of time getting electrolysis, I only had one full removal on my lower legs and one full treatment on my arm pits. And I still have very dark coarse hair on my legs and arm pits. It was a complete waste of money (60 dollars per hour, and about 2 hours per weekend for about 3 months, so all together well over a thousand dollars). I got the thousand plus dollars from my dad. (My parents divorced when I was 4 years old, and my dad stopped paying child support when I was 6 years old, but when I was 14 years old, my mom and I were so poor that my mom decided to go to a private child support company to make my dad start paying again.) So the first check my mom and I received was for a little over a thousand dollars, but unfortunately that was the last thousand dollar check. The rest of the monthly payments would range from 20 to 120 dollars, and since we’re poor, we couldn’t afford to go get electrolysis anymore. I chose electrolysis and not laser because back then laser was very very expensive.
Wow! That was a lot of information! Sorry!
Anyway, I just had my first laser hair removal consultation last Thursday. My dermatologist (I have bad acne) recommended me to the aesthetic dermatologist. I have very poor social skills due to my insecurities thast stem from my body hair, so when I was talking to the nurse at the consultation, I got very nervous and forgot to ask a few things I should’ve asked. I even printed out the consultations questions from hairfacts.com, but that didn’t help me. I didn’t get to speak to the technician who performs the laser hair removal, but I did find out how much each body part will cost (300 dollars each treatment for the butt), and the laser is GentleLASE. They’ve had GentleLASE for over three years. I scheduled an appointment with them on Feb. 20th at 2:00. That was the only time I could get because the only other earlier openings were during the morning but I can’t go in the morning because I have school at that time. My therapist (Yes I see a therapist because I suffer from depression and GAD due to my hair insecurities.) suggested that I should schedule another appointment with the technician, and I should get other appointments with other lhr places. I think that’s a good idea, but I think it might be weird to schedule an appointment again with the same place. I hate being bothersome, but I really want to find the right place with the right technician and right laser.