I'm getting treated at City Skin and Laser Clinic in SF. It has great reviews on Yelp and i have been satisfied with my results so far but I think the settings were too low and I am worried about the permanence of the results. I'm using Candela Gentlelase with 18 mm sport size and am almost certain I'm a III on the fitzpatrick scale. For my first session they talked me into using only 10 J because my hair was very dark and it was my first time. They also said that I would be moved up 12 or possibly 14 J for future treatments and that 16J was the maxed they used on anyone. On the gentlelase treatment guide it says i should be getting treated with 10-16 J based on my skin type (http://www.laserpartnersok.com/uploads/GLP_Treatment_Guidelines.pdf
I'm a male getting my back, shoulders, buttocks and chest treated. My goals are 90%+ removal on back and shoulders so i have purchased a package of 6 treatments+3 touchups. 70% hair removal on butt have purchased a package of 3 treatments and may add more if need be. And 30-50ish% reduction of hair on chest so I'm purchasing each treatment one at a time and seeing how it grows back in. My next treatment is coming up soon and will be 9 week since my previous. What Setting should i use 12,14 or 16J and how long would you suggest to space the treatments?
Pictures: chest with hair sheared with #4 clippers about 4 weeks prior.
Back about 3 weeks after treatment.
Sorry about no pictures of back hair but i haven't let it grow out for years. Similar thickness and color of my chest hair.
Results form first treatment: red irritable for 2ish days. Started shedding from 10 days to 21 days after treatment. Could notice hair start to grow back about 35 days after treatment albeit much more slowly, lighter and thiner.