I’m looking for some advice on getting LHR treatments. Please see my previous post my my past experiences with LHR. Here are some details about me:
Location : Ottawa, Canada
Age : 30
Skin Type : III with dark hair.
Dense, medium coarse hair on lower arms, 1/2 of upper arms. Very dense and coarse hair on chest and abs. Very fine, short, light hair on shoulders/back. Dense, medium coarse hair on butt/pubic region, upper and lower legs. Looking to get complete body treated - ideal would be hairless, but I realize that the best I can probably hope for is significant reduction - then maybe regular wax treatments.
I probably won’t get the back and shoulders lasered (for fear of triggering dormant hair growth). Will probably just wax (with few dark hairs on shoulders done with electrolysis). I would like to get between the eyebrows and the bridge of the nose done too - but I’m leary of having the laser that close to my eyes. Any thoughts?
I’ve done a body wax before and will not do that again - far too painful with this amount of body hair. Also far too long a procudure and by the time the skin has healed, I only had a couple of days before regrowth. Hopefully if I thin/remove most hair with laser, waxing will become a feasible course.
I wasn’t too happy with the Nd:YAG laser - I should have went with Alexandrite or Diode. I figure I will go with the GentleLase or Lightsheer this time. I’m kinda skeptical on the EsteLux IPL - it seems better with the light/fine hairs but I dunno… any thoughts here?
Budget is also a major concern. I am looking to get the whole body treated at the same time - every six weeks going in for 3 days or so and getting the full body deal. So I have to ensure that I’ve budgeted properly, and that I set a correct expectation for the number of treatments. From my experience with my neck - I’m trying to budget for 8 treatments to be on the safe side.
So - I would like to get as much feedback and advise as possible. Which laser would you recommend (I’ve done as much homework as I can, but don’t have much practical experience). Any advantage of alexandrite vs diode? Do you know of any good practitioners in Ottawa? Do you see any problems with how I plan to go about things?
Also - what settings should I go with? From reading (and somewhat from experience) I’ve found that if you don’t start at a high enough level - you will thin the hair rather than kill it, and it gets harder to get rid of as it gets thinner (less pigment to absorb the light energy). The techs that I have had test-spots done with have used settings that were all over the place - so I’d rather have my homework done and be suggesting to them what settings to use (esp. considering most places I’ve found up here aren’t actual “clinics” but more like estheticians who have a laser machine - I’ve found one doctor who does laser in my area, and his prices are double everybody else’s). Any setting advice - pulse width, pulses per second, fluence? Please see my other post for past fluence settings I’ve used.
I’m hoping to start at the end of summer (I’m actually hiding from the sun this summer so I’m not too tan come September … which is making for a crappy summer, but it will hopefully be worth it). I want to make sure I am wearing long sleeves and pants during any shedding process!