Archive for April, 2007

Hair Continues to Grow, but is Brittle

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Five days after my 2nd laser hair removal treatment and my hair continues to grow as normal.  However, it is very brittle.  I can pull it out of my skin with just my fingers and it breaks apart very easily. See more pictures of hair about to shed.

2nd Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

My second laser hair removal treatment was uneventful.  I applied the numbing cream 45 minutes before the treatment, but I don’t know if it really made a difference.  The treatment was painful, but not unbearable.  My underarm, upper lip, full bikini area and areolas were all treated in about 20 minutes.  Again, there really wasn’t any redness after the treatment.

Numbing Cream & Perianal Cost

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

I purchased the numbing cream for my bikini area.  It was only $10.  The pharmacist said not to apply it to more than 50% of your body, but the clinic said not to apply it to more than one area being treated, so I will only use it for my bikini area.

I also added a treatment area to my package – the perianal will cost another $695.  Read full details of numbing cream and perianal cost.


Normal Hair Growth, Shaving Daily Again.

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

My hair started to grow normally six or seven weeks after my first laser hair removal.  There does seem to be less hair in the treated areas of my bikini area compared to the odd patch near my mole that wasn’t treated.  I have to shave my underarms everyday and my upper lip doesn’t look any different than before I had the treatment.  Read more details and see pictures of hair growth after my first laser treatment.

Mole Removal in Bikini Area

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

I had the mole in my bikini area removed so that it would not interfere with my laser hair removal treatments.  You can not zap a mole with the laser because the dark pigments in the mole could attract too much heat and cause burning.  During the last appointment a significant amount of hair was not treated around my mole, so I opted to have it removed.  I am concerned about scarring, but the dermatologist said there would be little if any discoloration or scarring.  See before and after pictures of the mole removal.

Slight Hair Re-Growth after 1st Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

My hair returned five weeks after my first laser hair removal treatment. My upper-lip is almost the same as before the first treatment. My underarms have a lot less, but the most noticeable difference is in my bikini area. My bikini area looks as though it was waxed about a week ago. Shaving is much easier, but I’m looking forward to not shaving at all. Read more details about hair growth after my first laser hair removal treatment.

Week of Smoothness After 1st Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Many people say they have a few weeks of smooth hair free skin after shedding, but my hair-free time only lasted a week. After that the hair grew in very slowly, so I was pretty happy with the results. I did have a lot of in-grown hairs, but I always do so this isn’t anything new. Most of the hair had shed within two or three weeks, but there was a small patch that didn’t seem to shed near my mole. I hope to have the mole removed, so it won’t interfere with my laser hair removal treatments. Read the full journal entry for the week of hair-free skin.

First Signs of Hair Shedding After First Treatment

Friday, April 20th, 2007

The laser hair removal must be working because the hair is falling out, called shedding.  At first I didn’t think it was working because my hair grew back as normal – fast, dark and thick.  I noticed hair shedding from my bikini area after eight days.  After about two weeks my underarms were nearly hair free.  I am the perfect candidate for laser hair removal, so hopefully I will have great results.  This is a thumbnail of my underarm with very little hair. Click here to see more pictures of hair shedding.

My First Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Friday, April 20th, 2007

My first laser hair removal treatment was very easy. Surprisingly there wasn’t any pain. The settings were very low. I was treated at 10J 18mm on a Candela GentleLase. I had my upper lip, underarms, bikini area and areolas treated. The treatment took about 20 minutes and most of that time was me getting dressed and undressed. I took pictures right away, but they didn’t come out very well. The pictures do show that my skin was white without the slightest sign of skin irritation or burning.  Read more details about my first laser hair removal treatment.

Consultation at Ideal Image

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

I went to a chain laser hair removal clinic called Ideal Image to have my free laser hair removal consultation. I hadn’t planned on signing any contracts or setting up an appointment for my first treatment, but things went so fast the next thing I knew I had signed a contract. I suggest everyone have at least three consultations before deciding where to receive laser hair removal treatments, fortunately Ideal Image has a good reputation, they use the best lasers, but they do charge a little more than other clinics.

I am having my upper lip, my bikini area and my underarms treated for $3,000. I will be treated with the GentleLase Alexandrite laser by Candela. There will be 8 treatments spaced 10 weeks apart.

I took before pictures of my upper-lip, underarms and bikini area, and I will take more pictures after each laser treatment.

Upper Lip Picture Before Laser Hair Removal

My Laser Hair Removal Journal

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

I hope this journal helps people understand the laser hair removal process. When I looked into starting treatments I was disappointed by the experiences published on the web, so I created a laser hair removal journal with before and after pictures of every phase of my laser hair removal process.

I am having my upper lip, underarms and bikini area treated by a Candela GentleLase Laser at Ideal Image.

I will try to make weekly updates, but when it becomes repetitive I may only update twice a month.

All of the pictures are linked to a page with a larger picture. So if you want to see details and all of the fine hairs click the thumbnail pictures for a close-up.

This page is a quick overview of each entry. If you would like to see more details of each treatment read my laser hair removal journal entries.