So I finally got my first laser treatment after searching high and low for a good laser technician. I am a fitzpatrick skin type IV but my brazilian area tends to be quite a bit darker than the rest of my body.
I started with a full brazilian with 1 session costing me $250. This place does not offer any packages. I was treated with a Candela GentleYag with an 18 mm spot size, 22J and a pulse width of 20 ms. I used maxilene since I was really scared of the pain in certain sensitive areas and most of the time the pain was no worse than a 5/10.
In terms of reaction, after the treatment the whole area looked like it had been bitten by a million mosquitos and was quite red. I applied a lot of aloe vera gel and used an ice pack for the next few days. By day 2 the swelling had pretty much gone down and there was just a little redness.
Once the redness and swelling went away I did notice some hyperpigmentation especially on the bikini line. Its not terrible it looks a lot like the kind of colour change I get when I have a scar etc. but it is definitely there.
After 3 weeks I noticed the shedding start to happen, except for one area on the left side so I went to the clinic for a touch up on that one particular spot. It has now been 8 weeks since my initial treatment. I have scheduled my next appointment a week from now but only about 8-10 sparse hairs have shown up so I will probably delay the next treatment so I can make sure I get all the hairs.
Now the hyperpigmentation is definitely still there, it is getting lighter as the weeks pass but I have not gone back to my original colour. Should I be worried about this? And should I be waiting for the hyperpigmentation to clear completely before my next treatment?