Please excuse the length and detail, I hope to considerate by being succinct but thorough for my own benefit and for that of similarly desperate researchers.
I am a textbook case of induced hair growth (IHG from hence forth): Olive skin (Mediterranean/ middle eastern); jaw line treatments on insufficiently coarse hair.
As far as I know now, I have ‘normal’ hormones but possibly a very subtle imbalance. GP says I’m fine; not sure. Father and brother=very very hair; hairy on body before puberty.
Put simply and with great pain, where I previously had dark vellus hair over much of my ‘beard’ area, I have what might be less vellus hair and patches of thick ones where they never were. Is it the worst it COULD be (like in derm journals), probably not. Is it way worse than it was. YES absolutely.
I noticed the IHG after 3 ish treatments, it may have gotten worse on the 4th when I switched practices and lasers from diode to nd:yag, difficult to tell if i without photos.
Suffering greatly, craving the hair-free period, and unable to access or afford quality consistent electrolysis for at least another 9 months, I decided I try another YAG treatment. I feel like a weak fool. HERE IS how I caved but tried to manage risk:
1)I had them use the most aggressive settings they were willing (40 j, not certain about the rest, but they would not budge) and iced the areas extensively. If I could have gotten someone confident and skilled enough to use diode/alex and/or VERY high fleunces safely, I SO would have. Desperation called.
I outlined the treatment area very carefully. I had them avoid all areas other than the coarser patches on my face, avoided isolated dark hairs, and DID NOT LET THEM TOUCH the new coarser hair on my neck to avoid the risk of making the neck worse. I decided that touching the neck is a terrible idea.
Following as closely as possible the procedure proposed by Willey (2007), and noting studies and annectodal evidence, I iced the surrounding areas and treatment areas extensively during the treatment as much as possible and immediately following for long intervals over a few hours. I also took a 800mg of gel ibu to prevent inflammation 45 mins before. The treatment went alright, more swelling than I have had before but resolved fine. This was yesterday.
I could accept it staying the same until I am in a steady place with a good and steadier income and a good and steady electrologist. For now, laser does provide me with a better quality of life in the short term even though it BLOWS that laser did this to me (except the chin/lip).I WILL GET QUALITY ELECTROLYSIS ASAP. I just need to get through the time when I find it.
I am more comfortable with people looking at me between laser sessions than between any other methods I have tried (including suboptimal electro for a while!).
Does the cooling method REALLY work to prevent the paradoxical growth the same+adjacent areas? don’t know if mine is adjacent or not, originally had whole face/upper upper neck treated.
Does IHG get worse each time or is it just hard to deal with once it is there?
the double pass method one week later, proposed by Willey (2007)- should I try that in a few days?- I kind of don’t want to.
4)what do experienced people suggest?