It's been ages since I last wrote in this diary and readers are writing in asking me how it's going because they are seriously considering getting it done. (Check out parts 1-6 of Diary of a Laser Hair Removal Guinea Pig).
This is the short and sweet message I send people who email me about this diary:
Dear (insert reader's name here),
Thank you for your email! At this point, I would not do a full leg again. The bikini results were better. I will update the diary soon.
I have one more leg treatment to go and I'm done with the bikini. When I finally went in for my last treatment in February, the woman who does the procedures at Completely Bare Spa in Manhattan even seemed surprised and disappointed at how much hair was still thriving on my legs. If I were her, I'd be disappointed too: Hours of lasering someone and the results are shoddy. What would that say about my job? She said she wished I gotten the treatments six weeks apart as they suggest, but I secretly disagreed with her. Six weeks after a treatment, I am as hairless as a hairless dog. Six months after a treatment and I'm resemble Bigfoot (in case I have caused you to gag, please note this is a slight exaggeration). I don't see how it would have mattered.
After the last session, the hair disappeared for about 2 months and is now growing back again. It's not to the extent it was before I started treatment, but I can tell you THIS WAS NOT WORTH $4,000.
At this point, would I do the legs again? No.
As for the bikini area, I'm done with treatments and growth is down about 50 percent. It's not exactly what I expected. I won't be hanging up my razor anytime soon. But I'm pretty happy with the results overall. It's certainly better than the legs.
Would I pay to have the bikini done again? Yes, probably.
Recently I got this letter from Lori, a woman in California:
"I spent countless lunch hours and over $3000 on the YAG laser. A bikini pkg is $300 for 12 treatments. I got my underarms, lower arms, bikini, ab trail, lower back and full legs. Yes, I lasered it all. And guess what - most of it is back. Not so bad under my arms - I just started waxing the remaining few hairs. My legs and arms are a different story. Completely grown back - I think even worse!! I am so disappointed."
Then later, I got this email from Paulette, with more positive news for those of you desperate to try this:
I have been a laser technician for about 5 years now and an electrologist for 14. I have seen laser places come and go. I have seen a lot of misinformation giving out to clients as to what they can and can not expect from laser hair removal. This is assuming that the proper laser is being used.
I have shown my legs to clients. Are they completely hairless? No! Will they ever be completely hairless? NO! Can you go broke trying to obtain completely hairless legs? DEFINITELY!
A more realistic approach in explaining laser hair removal is that you will never be able to get rid of all the hair. However, you can get rid of 85 to 90 percent of it. What is left is fine, sparse and results into shaving once every 3 to 5 weeks or when you remember. The hair does not present as a problem anymore. It should be noted that removal of facial hair is very different then hair on the body. The body will yield faster results.
You should not have to go every month for lasering. It takes at least 3 to 4 weeks for the hair to fall out, and since the laser sees hair not at the surface but beneath, it takes some time for the hair to cycle itself. You are essentially lasering dead hair, or missed hair if you are lasered once a month.
No one should have to sign a contract for laser hair removal. I don't know how many treatments you will need. However, if given the correct information the client will have tools to guide them into realizing how many treatment will be necessary to make them happy. With body hair this is usually 3 full treatment.
With the proper laser, people of all skin colors can be safely and effectively lasered.
This is just some of the correct information that should be given to clients. There is so much more.
Paulette's email was encouraging since I am going to the best spa in Manhattan known for lasers and some big celebs go there for lasering. Still, I need to go back for my final leg treatment and I'm not excited to endure another round. I just don't think it's working for me...
Read the complete series of diary entries Diary of a Laser Hair Removal Guinea Pig.
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