OK…figured that it was time that I posted a quick note on my experiences thus far in LHR (with more to come over time).
First, a bit of background:
I’m white, type II-III skin with substantial dark brown hair.
Throughout most of my adult life, I’ve had problems (increasing with age) of cystic acne caused by ingrowns. After being convinced by my wife a couple of years ago to try shaving, I found that many of the ingrowns were caused by the plethora of multiple hairs that I have coming out of follicles. The laser tech that I’m seeing was amazed at the number (I probably average 2-5 hairs per follicle).
That is a big part of my interest in LHR – a dermatologist explained that I could either go on and remain on an antibiotic treatment for the folliculitis or I could have the hairs removed (or just continue to deal with the problem and the scarring).
I started out shaving (getting used to the look). Loved the look…loved the feeling (MUCH more comfortable)…hated the daily (or more) maintenance (my hair grows very fast). Tried (briefly) epilating – big mistake, as ingrowns (and the folliculitis) went through the roof.
Finally, about two months ago, I started in on LHR. I found a very good tech in my area who uses a Candela GentleLase.
Currently running an 18mm spot size on me at 16-18J/cm2
I finished the first round (everything from the neck down to the toes) about two weeks ago. My legs are still shedding, but the results everywhere are great so far – extremely smooth.
The treatments hurt. A lot. Mainly my own fault, as I hate the thought of using any sort of anaesthetic (if I’m going to burn, I want to feel it so that I know and can let the tech know). Fingers (of all things) were by far the worst. Chest was none too pleasant, but bearable. Legs weren’t bad at all. Surprisingly, bikini, genitals, and perianal were a breeze (and showed the best results the fastest).
From what I understand, I’m currently in that “honeymoon” period where I have lost most all of the hair on my body (below the neck). Great results across the board. I’m figuring that my next round will be starting in a couple of weeks (the chest/abs – the first to be treated – are starting to show signs of new growth).
More as I have it…