I just returned from a laser clinic in Tempe, AZ. I read a LOT about laser hair removal before I took the plunge. The woman who ran the place was VERY knowledgable as a former hairy-type. She looks GREAT now, but she had pictures of herself before getting lasered. She’s been in the business for a while… she was one of the first to get lasered back before they even had a cooling blast.
I wouldn’t say it felt like a rubber band… it was more like tweezing pain, like pulling one really deep-rooted hair… even though it was actually singing several hairs. She used a Candela GentleLase plus with the nice cooling blast. It’s been two hours since my treatment and my skin is fine. I even have extremely sensitive skin and am prone to breakouts of eczema which I control with daily topical steroids (betamethazone dipropionate). I am also the “ideal candidate” as far as really dark black hair and pale skin since I avoid the dreaded “day star”.
I will keep posting my experiences as I go through this. I have another appointment in 3 weeks to be zapped again. The pain sucked, I will admit that. It brought tears to my eyes, but it’s what I have to do, and it’s worth it. I paid $100 for sideburns, chin (all the way down to the neck) and upper lip. It’s really helpful having this done by someone who suffered excess hair, too.