I’ve been reading these forums for a while but never had the courage to post before - though the site has been great in helping me. Two years ago, I took the plunge and had some laser (Lightsheer) on my chest and shoulders, with great results - it’s made such a difference to the way I feel (and increased confidence etc).
I’m now thinking of addressing the 5 o’clock shadow on my upper lip, which I seem to have at all times of day. I’m fair skinned (Type 2), and have light brown hair. I don’t want to get rid of all hair on my upper lip, but I’d like to reduce it - say by 50% - so that I get rid of the perma-5-o’clock shadow, and I’m not sure which way to go - laser (if so which) or electrolysis. I’ve been reading the forums, and there seems to be a bit of a split on which is better - all I keep reading is that men’s beards are difficult.
So, the questions:
which would be better for reduction? Laser seems quicker than electolysis - most of the threads seem to indicate that for reduction, laser takes 3 or 4 visits, whereas electrolysis seems to take 12 months (why is that? - if i just want reduction, could I not just go 3 or 4 times)?
I’m nervous about treatment on my face for fear of scarring, hyperpigmentation etc. Is either better for keeping this to a minimum?
pain-factor. As this is on my face, will electrolysis / laser hurt significantly? I seem to be OK pain-wise with the Lightsheer laser on my chest, I had those settings on 32 joules (or something), and it’s been OK. Is it similar or worse…? gulp(!)
how blotchy will I go after treatment - slightly red, or very spotty? How long does it take to die down? I guess it varies from person to person, but just wanted to get an idea.
I live in London - any recommendations for laser or electrolysis? I think I heard Parkside for electrolysis and Laser Clear for laser.
Sorry for the questions, but hope you can help put my mind at rest.
PS thanks again to this website and the community, it makes me realise that I’m not alone or odd.