Archive for May, 2007

Third Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

My third laser hair removal treatment was extremely painful. The energy was turned up, so I was treated at 12 joules instead of 10 joules on the Candela GentleLase by Alexandrite.

I became very red from being zapped by the laser, but after I applied aloe the redness faded. It wasn’t until an hour later that the redness reappeared, but only slightly. I had to apply aloe every few hours for about two days, until the skin became normal again and the pain stopped. The after treatment pain was very similar to a mild sunburn, so was the coloration.

Read details and see pictures of my third laser hair removal treatment.

Redness After 3rd Laser Hair Removal Treatment - Underarm

Boom in Hair Growth

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I was suppose to have my third laser hair removal treatment 8 weeks after my second treatment, but I had to cancel and there wasn’t another appointment time available for two weeks. During that tenth week I had an enormous boom in hair growth. After reading more about this, I have learned that many people recommend 10 to 12 weeks in between appointments because that is when the hair that was only temporarily damaged starts to return.

I am very disappointed because I had thought I was having great results from my laser treatments, now I’m not too sure. I guess I’ll have to keep hope, after all I’ve only had 2 of the 8 needed treatments.

Read details and see pictures of hair growth boom.

Boom in Hair Growth - Bikini Area

Visible Hair Reduction

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

It has been just over a month since my second laser hair removal treatment and I can see a difference in the amount of hair in my upper lip, underarm and bikini areas. The most noticeable change is in my underarm area. It is so easy to shave! I do have to shave my underarms everyday, but it is easy. I only have to swipe the area once. Prior to the treatments I spent a lot of time shaving my underarms, turning the razor in every direction and pressing down with varying amounts of force. Before I started the treatments shaving my underarms was like a science, now it is just a normal grooming process. Read my complete journal entry for Visible Hair Reduction.

Hair Growing Back After 2nd Laser Treatment

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

One month after my second laser hair removal treatment the hair began to grow back.  In my bikini area there are several long hairs, and small patches of short hair growth.  I’ve had to shave my underarms three times in the last week, and my upper-lip hair is a little noticeable.  Read more details about hair growth and see pictures of my upper-lip, underarm and bikini area one month after my second laser hair removal treatment.


Great Results in Bikini Area

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

My bikini area stayed nearly hair-free for 10 days without shaving. I am very pleased with the results of laser treatments in my bikini area, but the results are not as visible in my underarm and upper-lip areas. My upper-lip did not have a ‘hair-free’ week. The last treatment seemed to have very little effect on my upper-lip. The underarm area is much better than before I started the treatments, but not quite as good as my bikini area. Read more details about this laser hair removal journal entry.

8 Days Without Shaving

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

I was able to go eight days without shaving my underarms.  They are very soft, but if you look closely you can see small, light colored hairs.  The entire shedding process took about two weeks, but I didn’t get the hair-free week I experienced after my first treatment.  I believe my settings need to be increased from 10 joules to 12 joules.  See more pictures of my upper-lip, underarms and bikini area after shedding.

Some Shedding After 2nd Laser Treatment

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

The hair in my bikini area started to shed eight days after my second laser hair removal treatment, but very little. On the 11th day after the treatment a lot of the hair began falling out. I do not have any pepperspots; a pepperspot is a small piece of hair that stays in the skin and creates a black dot. Click here to read more details about my shedding process and to see more pictures.