I’m getting laser hair removal treatments at the Calidora Clinic in Santa Monica, L.A. area. RN performing it is Jennifer Sheu, on GentleLASE by Candela, 14 joules, 18mm spot.
–Full legs - coarse, dark hair
–Bikini extended (but not the triangle itself, just all the hair around it) - coarse, dark hair
–Lower abdomen - finer dark hair
–Arms - finer dark hair
–Lumbar area - medium fine dark, long hair
–Underarms - coarse dark hair
–Face - coarse dark hairs, touch up from years ago
Okay. A few notes about the above: I had my face done years ago, and the results were fantastic until I briefly switched from Yaz to another BC pill (I take them to control my PCOS, and Yaz really halts the new hair growth for me). Jennifer hasn’t treated my face yet because I just decided to go for it, and only stopped tweezing a few days ago. I’ve been warned that on finer hair areas, I can only expect a minimum of 30% reduction, while on coarse areas I can expect 50% minimum.
I got a special where you buy one area, get another free. They also counted the abdomen and lumbar area as one, because neither has half as many hairs as they’d normally see in either area. Their rates are not cheap, but their specials can make it very competitive.
I chose Jennifer Sheu because she asked loads of questions, really looked my hair over, and explained things thoroughly. At first she told me she’d do test spots at 10, 12 and 14, and I’d read in this forum that 14 was the minimum effective amount, so I tried other clinics/medspas… but no one was willing to go above 14 and no one would do a test spot. I called Jennifer to ask what her thinking was, and she explained that she would use the highest setting that didn’t burn me, and as time went by, my skin could tolerate higher settings. This made sense to me. In the end, she decided 14 was good: the skin reddened, you could smell the burnt hair, and I could feel the snappy feeling. She took those as signs it was working.
So far I’ve had one treatment in each area (but split into two sessions, one yesterday, and one the Saturday before that). I believe I’m seeing a bit of shedding on my legs already - haven’t seen any hairs coming out, but there do seem to be some hairs missing. The hair is definitely “growing in” more slowly after treatment.
Um… that’s all I can think to report right now? If you have questions, fire away.