Hello All, first my thanks to Andrea for producing this wonderful resource.
25 year old male
white skin, but not fair
dark-hair on back, upper arms, shoulders
I would so happy with just 70% hair reduction!!
I think I am an excellent candidate for hair removal based on the literature that I have read. I went in for a free consultation at clinic near my home and was scared-off by the hard sell put on me by the owner. She wasn’t a doctor and didn’t even inspect what I wanted off.
Also, I am somewhat frightened by the scars I have seen on Hairfacts and in some news stories.
Because of the scarring risk, I don’t want to use a pain-killer or topical creme. What laser should my tech use? Gentlelase?
How much of a risk is scarring? Is the cause of scarring an issue my body might have with the laser, or is it a problem caused by the laser operator (i.e. too agressive?)
How much should I pay? At the consultation, the asking price was $4500 for 5 treatments. That seemed too much.
What else can I do to decrease the risk of scarring?
Is it reasonable to find a tech who will do a test area? Is this a common request?
My mother is Indian with very dark skin, but my skin tone is as white as most Americans. The important thing is how your skin appears for treatment, not necessarily the genes behind it?
Thanks, I hope this is not too long…I just want to make sure I do as much research as possible! My younger brother has almost no hair at all on his body though he is only a few years younger than me–drives me crazy that he calls me an ape. And I feel really awkward at the beach with a hairy back and shoulders!