Hello everyone, I’ve been troubled for the past 5 or 6 years of my life with course, black hair on my back and have tried waxing for so long which only works for a few days before my hair starts showing again and my back breaks out. I want to enjoy my body at the beach but this back hair problem has ended any hopes of that. I’m a college student so cost is a BIG time concern. Is is possible to get my entire back done for under a grand (after all sessions are finished)?
I wanted to see if there were any guys around that have tried laser hair removal on their back and if they’ve had much success. I have read a lot of conflicting information online, so its really hard to tell what’s really fact. Also how much on average would it cost (after all sessions are finished) for the “permanent” hair reduction to be complete?
Thank you all for your help,
Texas A&M '05
After two treatments with an Apogee Alexandrite laser with an excellent practitioner, I had 75% reduction. It did not grow back. I had eight to ten treatments total and it is 90% gone. After two years of no laser treatments on the back, the regrowth has not changed at all. As you can see from rcrules post, not everybody has success. But I did and I am glad I got laser treatments. The first two treatments were $700 total, which is not too bad. The fees decreased after that. I would estimate I have spent around $2000-2500 to get 90% of my back hair removed.
You can always try a few treatments and see how you respond. If laser is going to work for you, you should see some good results after 1 or 2 treatments. When laser fails it is usually because the person has the wrong skin/hair type or they were undertreated. There are some who seem to be ideal candidates but for some unknown reason do not respond. That ratio is estimated to be at 10%.
There are diminishing returns. As hairs that are not destroyed get finer, they will be more difficult to treat. You will get to the point where the hair is too fine to treat. But by the time I got to that point most of the hair was gone anyway. If I want to be totally hairless, which I am doing on my chest, I can finish with electrolysis and since there is not as much hair left, it is not such a daunting task.
Laser works best on dark coarse hair with light skin. Don’t tan if you are going to get laser treatments. And you will need to wait a month or two to go out in the sun aftet treatment. You can go in the sun after laser if you are very careful and use SPF30 sunblock for several weeks.