Well, after seriously researching laser hair removal, and after years of shaving and waxing, I’ve decided to try LHR. I took the questionaire off of this site (I think) and went in for a consultation. It went pretty well except they made me watch this horrible video that didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. From the consultation I found out that the person performing the LHR is an RN that has been doing LHR since June of 1999, they use a LightSheer ET that they’ve had for 3 months, they’ve seen negative side effects in less than 2% of their patients, and the cost is $75 for underarms, $100 for a regular bikini, and he said he would probably throw in the upper lip for free. He said I should expect to repeat the treatment 5-8 times, most likely closer to 8 since I’m Hispanic.
It all sounded pretty good and I saw their appointment book and it was FULL. I live on the Central Coast of California which has a relatively small population so it’s not like there are a lot of people that want procedure like LHR done here so I think that’s a good sign. I did ask for previous client referrals but he said he couldn’t give that out because of confidentiality but the one thing I didn’t think to ask for was previous employment referrals. He did mention working in Santa Barbara and LA in the past so I decided to try to find out for myself.
I searched for his name on the Internet and came up with a laser center in Santa Barbara so I called them and asked if he had ever been employed there. The lady who answered asked why I was asking so I told her that I was just curious about his work history because I was considering becoming a patient and I wanted to know if he had left employment there strictly because he moved or if he was fired, etc. She sounded kind of pissed off and said that she knew he had moved and that it wasn’t pleasant because he had “stolen some of their clients”. But if that’s all he did then I’m not too worried because that’s how new businesses get started all the time, right?
What do you guys think? Should I try to look into it more or am I right in thinking that “stealing clients” isn’t enough of a reason to not go to him?
Also, any suggestions for other LHR places on the Central Coast?
Any of you used Topicaine as a pre-treatment?
My skin type is right on the edge of III and IV (I’m Hispanic). Any idea what fluence level I should expect (so I can ask)?