Hello everyone! I am new here. I used to belong to a different forum but I havent been able to pull that one up so I was looking for a new one and I am very happy I found this one.
I am 24 years old and I have very light skin and black coarse (from shaving) hair on my uppper lip. I was getting IPL treatments and after 14 of them I realized that its not working. I was thinking about going with a laser but I want permanent removal and not reduction. I am going to a lady in Elk Grove Village, Illinois so after a few more treatments and I know shes good then if anyone would like her information I will post it.
Yesterday was the free consultaion. I went in and we talked a bit. I know alot now about hair removal so I pretty much asked the questions that I wanted to know. When she looked at me she told me there was hardly anything there which there really isnt but I dont want ANYTHING there. She said that all I needed was 15 minute sessions 3 weeks apart. I thought you always needed them a week apart? It will be $25.00 for the 15minutes. Now for the good part ... the teatment. She did a five minute session on my upper lip. She uses thermosis(I hope thats the right name). I felt the needle go into the "pocket" but that wasnt painful. Then I felt burning. Thats the only way I can describe it. It felt like a quick sting. The middle of the lip and the corners were the worst. Some spots were nothing. She said the hair was fine because I never plucked there or waxed. She said some hairs she didnt even have to tweeze because they basically just blew out. I only felt her tug on one hair and when it didnt slide out she treated it again. She never yanked any out. I had this stray treated that grows out the side of my face and she had to use a longer pulse because I have tweezed that hair for years. After the treatment she did this roll thing thats supossed to help with the swelling and then she put a cream on it. I made an appointment for a full 15 minute treatment on oct. 17 . I did purchase a bottle of the numbing cream for $18.00 to try it on my next time. The place I went to was a dermotologist office but she has been doing only electrolysis for 30yrs. They do sell a line of mineral makeup so she put some of the powder over the lip because she said that it was made to have a cooling effect and it wont settle into where she did the tretment and aggrivate it. I did have some swelling and it was red. She told me to apply ice when I got home and after I wash my face at night to use aquaphor (she gave it to me) for those who dont know what it is petroleum based and its for dry cracked skin. I thought I read not to use stuff like this because it could clog the pores. This morning there are a few red dots and inside they are a little white and in two spots they are a little puffy still. I have very sensitive skin. If anyone thinks I shouldnt have anything there please comment on that and I would like to know if anyone uses the nubbing cream. When the neddle is in and she starts the process I do hear it. Is that normal? I read here somewhere that you should not hear anything, is that correct? If anyone has any comments, suggestions or questions please feel free to post!!