Tell us what treatment u have for the face. Laser, skin type, power, spot size, period? I am starting same (first tx) and am curious if you feel success. Thx.
Yes, I definitely have had success with laser on the beard! I have been treated with two lasers, both of them Nd:YAG (1064nm) lasers, Sciton and the Lyra-i. The
Sciton uses a scanner which does larger areas without having to reposition the handpiece. It is quick and left no patchiness at all. I don’t remember the spot size, but you can see the details at www.sciton.com. Click on the link to the Clear Scan handpiece. My practitioner switched doctors and I had to switch over to the Lyra-i. The Lyra-i is just as effective, but a 10mm spot was used so it is not as fast as the Sciton. I did have patchiness after some of the Lyra treatments but it was not a major problem. The patchiness is gone now, as is 80% of my beard. I have had 6 treatments and am very happy with the results. Before laser it took 25 minutes to shave my beard, now it only takes about 5 minutes. I am still shedding hair from my beard which was treated two weeks ago.
Having laser beard removal hurts like hell BTW. But it is well worth it.
I am a type 4 so I went with the Nd:YAG laser. If you have lighter skin, an alex or diode could work well for you. I have had no post treatment redness with the Nd:YAGs. I would have had major redness on the beard with the Lightsheer, although the test spot did remove the beard hair very well.
I started out with 28 Joules and after my 6th treatment was up to 45 Joules. Fluence levels cannot be compared between a Nd:YAG and alex laser though. You would probably start at a lower fluence level on the alex. Hair will shed more quickly with an alex laser. Some hairs will explode right out of the follicle during treatment, which I think is cool! Nothing like instant feedback. My first back and chest treatments were with the Apogee (alex) and were very effective. Hairs were flying out of the follicles left and right! I had that done during winter when my skin was at its lightest. The hairs that remained were finer and the alex didn’t work so well then. Enter the Lightsheer, which is an ass-kicking laser! I was treated at 50J with it and got rid of a lot of the remaining chest hair. What it didn’t eliminate it made finer and lighter, so I am finishing the chest with electrolysis. My beard could not handle the Lightsheer, it was extremely painful and caused a lot of redness.
My favorite lasers are the Lightsheer and the Sciton, with the Lyra-i close behind. The Apogee broke down a lot but it did a good job to start with. The Lightsheer is bulletproof and rarely breaks down.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.