Hello, I am deeply saddened to have found this forum too late.
I am a Middle Eastern woman in my 20s, Fitzpatrick Skin Type I-II with the darkest black hair - a “perfect candidate for laser”. My mother effectively forced me to get laser on my face, even though I did not want to. I want to document my journey here now and seek solace, advice.
I performed laser with the Lumenis Lightsheer device, a diode laser. I have documented photographs showing the paradoxical growth progress with time. ( I am uncomfortable to share at this stage).
I was told to book 4 sessions, and for the first two sessions, instead of using the proper precision “XC” head on the device, the technician used the large-surface head intended for body at a level of 7/8 joules on my face, chin, and lower neck. All of these hairs were fuzzy vellus hairs, they have since turned terminal, coarse, dark. The first session was January 2022, the final fourth session was this past week, July 2022.
I actually was well aware of paradoxical growth PRIOR to getting my face layered. Against my judgement and concerns, my mother and the laser technician labeled me as crazy, overreacting. Prior to the final session I showed her images of the paradoxical regrowth, she switched the technique to use the XC precision head, as opposed to the large-surface head.
I have already reported it to the FDA. Just want to reach out here because I am lonely in my journey.