Firstly, great forum! There seems to be loads of good info here and plenty of helpful folks. With that in mind, I have a question regarding settings on the Candela GentleLASE.
I’m a 31y/o male Type II skin looking to reduce the amount/density of my facial hair. I have dark and coarse beard hair with pale skin and I would like it to actually look like I shaved after 20+ mins with the razor! I had a consultation & test patch done at a clinic near here and thought I might get some advice on the settings they used. They did three zaps, each at 12mm, of 26, 28 and 30 J/mm² each.
From reading this forum, my instinct is that this is too low an energy setting for the spot size. Am I right? I asked what settings a course of treatments would use, and the nurse said they would only ever use 12mm and would start at 26J/mm² taking 3 or 4 sessions to get to ~36J/mm². From my calculations 36J/mm² at 12mm is similar energy to 16J/mm² at 18mm.
The clinic is one of the few I’ve found near here that actually uses a good laser rather than IPL or a diode. Should I keep looking for a clinic that will use a larger spot size and higher energies, or could I get good results with these settings?
Thanks in advance!