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#123324 - 01/02/17 12:17 PM Is laser on the legs worth it?
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Happy new year to everyone!

I have a question. I got a little disappointed with laser on my armpits and bikini, not all the hairs shed, some didn't shed because they are too light and those on the armpits I guess weren't treated right because they're black and coarse but there are still some left. I will get a retouch and hopefully my experience will become positive but this has made me wonder whether it's even worth it to try laser for legs. I don't need a complete clearance, I just want less stubble after I shave, so I was thinking of getting 2 or 3 treatments. However, I have noticed that my leg hair has become less dense with age and it is also way less noticeable. In the right lightening, I can see the hair is black and some hairs are kind of coarse but some are definitely not and I have patches with almost no hair or with very fine hair. my skin is type 2, very pale. So I'm starting to wonder if laser is worth it at all. Where I am right now, 1 laser treatment for whole legs would cost me as much as 3 or 4 hours of electrolysis, depending on the discounts I can get. So what do you think? Should I go straight to electrolysis where at least I know that every hair removed is forever gone and I don't risk stimulated hair growth or is laser the wiser decision?

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#123326 - 01/02/17 01:34 PM Re: Is laser on the legs worth it? [Re: PalePinkSkinDark]
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I would have to see pictures of your legs to comment about if one laser treatment would be helpful. I'm concerned that you were disappointed with laser results for your underarms and bikini. Is your laser technician experienced? what laser is being used?

Truly, electrolysis would provide you with what you want for BOTH your lower and upper legs because electrolysis treats hair in all stages of growth, it treats all colors of hairs on all colors of skin.

I have seen great laser results for lower legs, but very iffy results for upper legs / thigh area. A great percentage of thigh hairs have white bottoms (bulbs) and laser can't see white.

You will need several hours on the table for electrolysis, but the results are phenomenal. I would choose someone that does flash thermolysis (microflash, picoflash as offered on Apilus epilators), for example, so you can clear larger areas quickly.
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#123327 - 01/02/17 01:52 PM Re: Is laser on the legs worth it? [Re: PalePinkSkinDark]
PalePinkSkinDark Offline
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Thank you dfahey! I discussed my underarms and bikini in my other thread, I will update it when I get a retouch.

Very good point about thighs and lower legs, I wouldn't have thought of that. My thighs are actually the biggest problem - the hair is kind of thin and not very dark and I get ingrown hairs even months after using a rotary epilator. I will think about lasering only my lower legs, but I only have dark hairs in the front.

And what do you mean by several hours? 2-3? 5-6?

I read in other threads that it's better not to shave before electrolysis. How long would it be enough to get best clearance? Thank you!

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#123330 - 01/03/17 02:05 AM Re: Is laser on the legs worth it? [Re: PalePinkSkinDark]
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We want as much hair available to be seen as possible and the mechanical action of shaving can dislodge the hairs that are not anchored in very well. With the evidence gone, we have to wait about 2-3 months for a new hair to return. That is why we like nothing done to an area or if you have to do something, it is preferred that you clip.

Hours spent doing a first full clearance can vary between 7-25 hours, using flash thermolysis or a fast blend, but It truly depends on how much hair one has. After that, more time is needed to get any new growth or regrowth that appears over the next year to year and a half. We have to play the game with those pesky hair growth cycles.
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Licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio for Nursing license and Cosmetic Therapy/Electrolysis license
_____________________
ELECTROLYSIS FAQ'S:

British Institute & Association of Electrolysis

http://www.electrolysis.co.uk/?page_id=16

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#123359 - 01/10/17 06:27 AM Re: Is laser on the legs worth it? [Re: PalePinkSkinDark]
coolgirl Offline
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i have also facing this issue some times back.when doing workouts at gym this was huge issue.laser hair treatments are high cost at the clinics. so i have buy the laser hair removing machine for using at home.there is plenty of tutorials on google for using them.

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