My first underarm and abdomen treatment with Sciton Image long pulse width Nd:YAG 1064 laser. was quick, but a bit painful. I was able to bear the pain without any pain reliever or topical anesthetic, but WHEW! it was not pleasant. My underarms were easier to bear than my abdomen. Maybe after years of shaving, the underarm skin is tougher? I had a lot of dark, coarse hair to treat, though, so there was an almost nonstop “snapping” feeling.
When the tech started working on my abdomen (which had MUCH LESS hair), I had to ask her to turn the laser power down because it was too painful to bear. I almost had her turn it down another notch after the next few hits, but at that point she was at the last spot, so I went ahead and kept it at the 2nd level of power she was using. (Not sure what the numbers were.) I am very ticklish around my stomach area, so I guess my skin there must be pretty sensitive.
The 2nd treatment I had was MUCH easier. I guess because there was A LOT LESS hair and maybe the pain reliever helped. It was a bit painful when the “snapping” occurred, but not nearly as bad as the first time. Maybe also because I knew what to expect the 2nd time. My abdomen was still more sensitive, but I was able to get through it much better.
The first treatment I had on my chin and upper lip was very easy to bear. Chin was slightly painful where the areas of concentrated dark, coarse hair was, but I only winced a few times. Same with the upper lip.
All in all, it was worth it and I expect the following sessions to be easier, quicker, and less painful.
Good luck to all!
[ May 23, 2004, 11:49 AM: Message edited by: Ellen3 ]