I’m currently 28 years old, a white male, with a skin type that would fall into either Type II or Type III. I had always had excessive hair growth as I got older; I had a unibrow at 13-14 and my legs were covered in hair. As I got around 17-18 my chest became a rug. I was a pretty pale skinny kid with dark course hair everywhere. It was pretty unsightly to say the least.
I started laser hair removal pretty early in my 20’s. I had always wanted to pursue some kind of hair removal in my late teens, but money was always an issue as well as fear of starting something new (I tend to have really bad luck with anything I do). Anyway, I started laser hair removal finally around the age of 22. I don’t remember the type of laser they used, but my chest and back were some of the areas I first got treated. Now, my back didn’t really have much hair, just a few longer dark hairs that were spread out. I thought just getting my back lasered once and nuking those hairs would be fast and I wouldn’t have to worry about it again. Boy was I wrong.
A few months after the first treatment, the hairs started growing back along with a few hundred buddies that were all just as coarse. I was horrified to say the least, but I’m stubborn when it comes to holding on to hope. I continued treatments, but because of things going on in my life I could only get a treatment maybe once every six months.
Fast forward to 25 and I was finally in a stable situation were I could get treatment on a more regular schedule. The new facility I’m using uses the Candela GentleLASE Mini. They are great, accommodating, and very friendly. So I continued to get treatments and expanded the areas I was getting treated.
Today, I have had maybe around 12 treatments on my back with almost no progress. I had also started getting hair stimulation on the back of my neck (one of the new areas I expanded to). The hair on the back of my neck was coming in thick and was not natural looking at all. I asked the facility about this and they seemed baffled. They told me it was due to me getting older and growing more hairs.
I just coughed up the money and started getting electrolysis on my neck (Which hurts and takes forever). It’s still early in the treatments to say if it effective. However, my back and shoulders are way to hairy and to large for me to afford getting electrolysis for those areas.
Basically, where do you guys recommend I go from here? Do I try to continue doing laser (I’ve already spent probably around $30k on it so far), but convince them to use higher settings? I still wait about 4-5 months in between treatments, you think if I spaced my sessions a lot closer the treatment would be more successful?