A few months ago I began getting laser hair removal treatments. Since I am olive complexioned I chose a business that had the CoolGLIDE.
My first treatment was with both the CoolGLIDE and the GentleLASE PLUS. The tech used the CoolGLIDE on my legs and the rest of my body with the GentleLASE PLUS. She said my legs were darker than the rest of me, but my stomach, chest, and privates were all the same color as my legs, go figure.
Two weeks post treatment I had smooth bald streaks on my legs where the CoolGLIDE was used. I had patchy results and lots of regrowth with the GentleLASE PLUS.
My next treatment I found out that the CoolGLIDE had suffered from a lightening storm and was out of commission. So, the GentleLASE PLUS was used on all parts of my body.
Again, I had patchy results and regrowth six weeks later. There were still bald streaks with the first treatment with the CoolGLIDE. I also sustained burns, hives, itching, and redness with the second treatment with the GentleLASE PLUS on my darker skin areas. This occured within 24 hours post treatment. My face and underarms, which are lighter in color, didn’t have the horrible reaction. When I contacted the office, I was told to apply Neosporin.
During my third treatment I found out that the CoolGLIDE was not coming back and all of my further treatments would have to be with the GentleLASE PLUS. I had all parts treated again with the same laser and I sustained worse burns with the GentleLASE PLUS than before on my darker colored areas. Again, the office manager told me to apply Neosporin to the affected areas.
I was told that the joules were less this time around than with treatment number two with the GentleLASE PLUS. No hair growth with one treatment with CoolGLIDE, but some hair growth with the GentleLASE PLUS treated areas.
The Owner/RN who did the first and second treatments on me said I would need 12 treatments with the CoolGLIDE than I would with the GentleLASE PLUS, which would only be six, to get the same hair free results.
Since I am now so confused, I thought I would ask the readers of this board what your opinons are with my situation.
1)Is it true that I would need 12 treatments with the CoolGLIDE rather than the usual six to achieve the same results as with the GentleLASE PLUS?
2)Is the CoolGLIDE best for olive skinned individuals? I did 2 years of reseach and had three consults before chosing this place of business to begin laser hair removal treatments.
3)Is the CoolGLIDE a NY:NAG laser which is best suited for darker skinned individuals?
The Owner/RN and the finance/Manager of the office are trying to convince me that the CoolGLIDE is only useful on African American persons and that I don’t need it. Is this also true?
During my three consults, including this one, I was told (after showing the representatives my legs) that I would need the CoolGLIDE to be treated for best results.
On a side note, the Owner and Manager were trying to put me on a four week schedule because “The owner wants four week schedules for the summer.” This sounds fishy to me as well as the 12 treatments, AND that only African Americans should be treated with the CoolGLIDE (African Americans come in all shades).
I’m convinced that the GentleLASE PLUS is best for persons who have light skin and very dark hair. I don’t fall into that category and that is why I had burns and hives on the majority of my body post treatment.
If anyone can fill me in with their advice, wisdom, and experience, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading my post.