Hello everyone. I first would like to say how truly wonderful this board is. It’s been a wonderful resource to me.
I’ve been lurking around here for a considerable amount of time. I am a 20 year old female with excess body hair. The area that bothers me the most is my face. At about age 11 I began to notice that I had more hair on my face than other girls my age (it was a very fine, downy sort of hair, that was darkish in color but I don’t think it was THAT noticeable)and I became slightly self concious about it. It wasn’t too bad until one day a classmate made a comment of how I needed to shave. That hurt me deeply and I began trying to remove the hair. It began with tweezing, then I tried nair, and eventually ended up shaving at age 15. It’s definitely consumed every aspect of my life. I’ve allowed it to hold me back from MANY things. It’s always in the back of my mind if I have a shadow (funny thing is it’s side burns, chin, under chin, and neck. I have maybe 1 or 2 stray hairs on my cheeks and a few here and there on upper lip, so I’m not so sure it’s a hormonal problem), if I missed a spot, if I need to reapply my makeup. I have shaved my face EVERY day (and sometimes twice a day which is incredibly hard on my skin) since I was 15 and I have worn makeup as much as well. I shave so very close that you really can’t see the hairs but my skin is always red and inflamed.
I have some excess hair on my stomach and thighs as well but it doesn’t bother me as much as the face does.
Anyway, I’ve been on a search for a form of more permanant removal for as long as I’ve been dealing with this problem. I’ve been researching laser hair removal on and off for quite a few years and I’m proud to say that I’ve FINALLY decided to just give it a try. This forum has helped me reach that decision by providing such wonderful information. I also have to pay some respect to my wonderful boyfriend who loves me regardless of my freakish hair, tells me I’m beautiful every day, and is going to help me get my laser treatments.
I’ve always said I was going to do it but would say I’ll do it next fall, and I never got around to it, so I’m finally going to do it, and do it now, I hope! I am a little aprehensive because I’ve read a lot of negative, but I’m not going to let that stop me. It’s something that I have wanted to do for a very long time and I’m hoping that I’ll have a positive experience with it that I can come back and share with all of you who are going thru the same thing that I am!
Now, my only problem is figuring out where to go. I live in a small, rural area, and will have to travel to a larger area to have this done. I’ll be going to Madison, WI. I’m wondering if anyone has any recommendations of any place in that area? My guess is probably not, but thought I’d ask. I have a few places picked out and each one uses different lasers. I think I’m going to go to this place http://www.facialplastics.com/ I’ve heard many good things about this doctor and his training sounds absolutly outstanding. I do believe I’m going to call tomorrow to get a consultation set up.
In any case, I wanted to introduce myself, share my story, thank many of you for posting your stories, and ask if anyone had any thing to offer me as far as advice or encouragement. I would certainly appreciate it!
Thank you again everyone.