I got my first treatment in 2001, my last in Dec 2004. I was 22 in 2001, pale-skinned half Italian with dark hair.
2001-2 four treatments, full back and full shoulders ($900 each) I don’t know what laser was used.
three more back and shoulder treatments using Gentle Lase ($220)
two treatments of my chest and buttocks ($230 each)
The reduction now, seven months after my last backtreatment and 7 treatments total is about a 60% reduction. I shave it now about once every 6 weeks instead of every 2 weeks.
An real improvement, but still disappointing. After 7 treatments and 1000’s of dollars, my back still has unsightly black hairs that require regular shaving. I suspect that after a couple years I will be shaving more often that I am now.
After getting my chest treated the hair took a very long time to shed, unlike my back which reacted much better to treatment. After a month hair still was coming out one by one. I also suffered from 100’s of whiteheads for the first three days, but which went away without scarring.
I then had a wonderful 2.5 months of very little hair after each treatment, but now after 3 treatments I would guess that there is a 30% reduction in chest hair. I am pretty satisfied with the results on my chest because chest hair does not look as bad as back hair. The reduction is enough that I no longer feel the need to shave my chest, which is great.
My butt area I found was not painful at all to get done, in fact it tickled more than was painful at some points. The first time I did not ask and did not get the full crack treatment. The second time I got a more of a hip tech, and she asked how deep I wanted it. As deep as you can get, so we got almost into my b.h.
Of all the places I’ve lasered, regrowth was the slowest. I was almost completely bare for about 5 months. When it did start growing back it came back quickly. Because again the goal was only to thin it out a bit, I am satisfied with the results, about a 20% reduction after two treatments.
I’m now thinking of getting my beard done. I don’t like the shadow effect. Any suggestions on how effective this might be based on the above results? What is the best laser for someone pain adverse, with tanned type 3 skin and coarse black whiskers?
How painful is getting the face done versus other body parts? I found the most painful areas were along my ribs.
What type of reduction have people seen after just 1-3 treatments? I accept my hairy body, I just want to make it a bit less so, no go smooth.