Archive for June, 2007

7 Weeks After Laser Hair Removal Treatment, Little Hair Growth

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

I am very happy with my results from my 4th laser hair removal treatment.  I haven’t shaved yet, and it has been seven weeks since I was treated.  There is a little bit of hair growth, but you can’t see it unless you look in a magnifying mirror.  Most of the hair growth are fine blond hairs, which will not be killed by laser hair removal.  The areas that I had to have re-zapped still haven’t fully shed.  I’m not sure if they will, maybe as the technician said they are on different growth cycles.

Read more details about my laser hair removal.

Bikini area with pepperspots

Ideal Image Increased Recommended Settings For Laser Hair Removal

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

I had my first laser hair removal treatment at 10 J and 18 mm on the Candela GentleLase. These were the recommended settings for a person with Type III skin type. Turns out I’m a type II, so I should have started at 14 joules. BUT now Ideal Image is starting type II patients at 18 J!!! I’ve had four treatments already and I haven’t even reached 18 J.

I found this information out when I went back to have a couple spots re-treated. I thought these areas were missed, but the tech thinks they may just be on a different cycle because it was the same area I had to have re-touched last time. Well, she treated me anyways, but only at 16 joules. She says my 5th treatment will be at 18 joules. hmmmf Now I think my laser treatments will not be as effective as they should be.

Other then this new treatment guideline, I am happy with my treatments. Five weeks after my 4th treatment my skin was hair free! I do have pepperspots, but no hair growing.

Bikini area with pepperspots

Pepperspots after Laser Hair Removal

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Three weeks after my 4th laser treatment and the hair has shed, but I am left with dark pepperspots.  Instead of the hair being completely pushed/pulled out of the skin it broke off, just below the surface, and left behind little pieces of hair.  The highly visible pepperspots will not go away!  I have tried using scrubs, soaking and applying lotions, but nothing removes these ugly little dots. I know they will go away eventually, so I’ll just have to wait it out.

See more pictures of pepperspots. 

Pepperspots

Shedding – 8 Days After Laser Hair Removal

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

I started shedding right on schedule, exactly 8 days after my fourth laser treatment.  I was a little worried because my hair appeared to be growing more slowly than usual.  It may just be the cold weather.

 More details & pictures of hair shedding after 4th laser hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal Treatment 4

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

My fourth laser hair removal treatment was at 16 joules. The spot size used on my upper lip was 15 mm, but the bikini and underarm area were treated at 18 mm. I was extremely red and a little blistered after the treatment, but aloe made all the blisters and redness fade in a matter of minutes. A few hours later some redness reappeared, but the next day that was gone too. I developed tiny red dots around the hair follicles in my underarm and upper lip. Those red dots are a good sign that those hairs have been burn to dust! The red dots lasted for 24 hours.

See pictures of red and blistered skin after fourth laser hair removal treatment. Read details of my fourth laser treatment.

Blisters from Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal Results

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Most of the hair grew back within 12 weeks after my third laser hair removal treatment.  The most noticeable results are in my underarm area.  They are easy to shave and there is a lot less hair.  My upper lip has slightly less hair, but I wonder if it would return in time.  My bikini area is thinner, but I’m disappointed there isn’t more of a difference.  I am upset that my first three treatments were at very low settings.

See pictures of my bikini, underarm and upper lip the day before my 4th treatment. 

Great Results 5 Weeks After 3rd Laser Treatment

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

It has been five weeks since my last Laser Hair Removal treatment.  My skin is smooth except for a few blond hairs. The spots that were re-treated at 14 J are now completely hair free. — Which is great because I was afraid these spots may be immune to the powers of laser. LOL Even my upper lip is looking great with just a little peach fuzz left behind.

See pictures of my bikini, underarm and upper lip area after 3 laser hair removal treatments.

Underarm Area After 3 Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Increasing Joules on the Candela GentleLase

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Three weeks after my third laser hair removal treatment the shedding was complete and my skin was nearly hair free. I did have to have a couple spots retreated, and that is what led to my discussion with the tech about the settings used on me. I was treated at 12J & 18mm on the GentleLase by Alexandrite. I had the touch up at 14 joules and want the 4th laser treatment at 16 Joules. The RN explained to me that it could be dangerous to jump from 12 to 16 joules, even though I had the spot treatment at 14 J. She said you never know how each little piece of your skin is going to react, and suggested I talk to the MD if I wanted to increase my settings. — I’m not really sure what to do.

See pictures of hair free skin after three laser hair removal treatments.

Underarm Area Three Weeks After 3rd Laser Treatment

Hair Shedding After 3rd Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Friday, June 1st, 2007

My hair began to shed five days after my third laser treatment. It took eight days for me to notice any shedding after my first two treatments; I wonder if the higher energy settings caused the hair to react more quickly. I have read online that 12 joules at 18mm for my skin type (type II) is still too low, and I should have treatments at 14 or 16 J, then move up from there. I am still concerned about burning, but I do plan on researching this more.

Read details and see pictures of my bikini, underarm and upper lip shedding.

Underarm Area Five Days After Laser Hair Removal Treatment