Just had my first lighsheer treatment today and wanted to let you know how it went.
I have had a couple of epilight treatments to my upper lip in the past, but decided to go with laser after reading the posts on this forum. I was so nervous today. The technician was kind of scary looking, fake tan and lots of makeup. It wasn’t what I expected. I chose this doctor’s office even though it was more expensive only because the receptionist told me that the tech had five years experience compared with only 2-3 at other places. The price was twice the amount of other places. I wanted someone with experience who would not burn my skin.
At the appointment the tech sits me down and reads all this stuff to me. I’m not even following most of it because she is going so fast and most of it I’ve already read at one point or another. So I just nod. Then she tells me the only way to get rid of the hair is by attacking it with high levels. She wanted to start off with 50 joules. That scared me, cause of the posts I’ve read, most start at about 20. I have light skin and dark fine hair. I asked her what my skin type is (i’m guessing fitzpatrick II) and she coudn’t even tell me. She just kept talking about other things. When I asked how long she had been doing this, she said over 7 years. Slight discrepency from what the receptionist told me. She said that there were only two people in all of Canada that have had that extensive of experience, herself and another tech in Toronto. She also said she is the one that trains many of the tech around now. I don’t know what to believe. Anyways, I was looking forward to having the laser done today, been thinking about it so long so I agreed to the treatment. It cost me $145 Cdn.
She shaved the area first and then did the treatment. It hurt quite a bit, like elastics snapping on your skin and it hurt more under my nose than the areas around my mouth. It only took a minute to do. She mentioned that there weren’t many popping noises (a which is a sign that the laser is treating the hairs) but she also said that it usually occurs more in coarser hair areas (like bikini). She then put on aloe vera gel and gave me an ice pack. I took a look in the mirror and my upper lip was red and swollen. I walked home from the office which took a good 40 minutes. The redness was considerably less by the time I got home, but still red and swollen. I don’t know if it worked; I think it did but it’s too soon to tell. After several hours, the skin is still red but looks okay when I put concealer on it. It looks a little swollen but not too noticeable, thank goodness. The areas that are really red are the ones where the hairs where. In some spots where there was no hair, the skin is normal.
I have to wait four weeks till my next treatment. I think I will go to someone else at that time. My biggest concern was having an inexperienced tech using too high a level on me, but I think the tech today did that. When I asked her why there was such a price difference between her office and others, she said it’s because other places charge less, use low levels that don’t do anything so that they can get you to come back more often. She goes with higher levels cause she knows it works. She says it takes those levels to get rid of the hair.
I don’t know if I had a good session or not. I hope and think that I did because my face is somewhat red and swollen. What do you all think? Do you think I should go to someone else next time? I want the treatments to be effective. It’s hard when you read things and then are told otherwise. I keep getting different information.
I’ll try to update over the next few days.