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#24716 - 07/22/05 09:21 PM Update on My Results - GentleLASE on Bikini & Underarms; Type II *****
LAgirl Offline

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I haven't posted my results so far in a while, so thought I would update. I have light skin (type II) and black hair (coarse on bikini and underarms, fine but dark on stomach). So far, I've had 3 treatments on my bikini and 2 on my underarms and stomach area with GentleLASE. It is now 3 weeks post my last treatment. I get treated with GentleLASE by a dermatologist. Settings were 14 joules at 18mm the first 2 times and 16 joules at 18mm the last time.

So far, I've had about 99% removal on bikini and underarms. Those areas are getting the best results. Basically, almost everything shed during the first treatment on these areas except for very few sparse hairs. About 15% came back after 8 weeks, when I got another treatment. Third treatment was also 8 weeks after. Right now, it's been 3 weeks since the last treatment and I have about 6 hairs on each armit that were missed and maybe 10 sparse hairs here and there on the entire bikini area (I did everything around a thong). This is GREAT for me as I always had a shadow before after shaving and resorted to waxing because of that, which caused irritation at times and lots of ingrowns. I also think I have more hair than average, so this is amazing.

The stomach area had finer but still black hairs. Darkest at the happy trail area and lighter outside of that. I think about 70% of hairs there are all gone for now, especially all the dark ones. There are a few missed spots of lighter short hairs here and there that will need to get treated next time. It was hard to get them since when I shaved that area for the first time (I bleached before), the doctor couldn't really see where to treat, since unlike bikini and underarms, there was no sign of hair once shaved. I guess they are fine enough not to cause the shadow and the skin is thick enough there for no "seethrough" effect.

I'm glad to answer any questions if you have some. I am thrilled with my results so far and am planning on finishing all the treatments of course. I think this time, I will also wait a bit over 8 weeks for my next treatment to see if I get more regrowth and just because that's the best way to do it. As you get more treatments, they should become less rare.


Edited by lagirl (12/12/06 03:29 AM)

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#24717 - 08/28/05 01:49 AM Re: Update on my results so far
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Time to follow up on my treatments. I had another treatment today and decided to try LightSheer with another doctor in the area. I went to Dr. Brandeis in Beverly Hills. He used to be a gynocologist/general medicine doctor and now does skin procedures including hair removal. His prices are very reasonable from what I found and since I didn't have great results on my stomach since my hair is finer there, I decided to try LightSheer and another doctor this time. I paid $99 for bikini, $50 underarms, $59 stomach.

This was my 4th bikini treatment, and 3rd on underarms and stomach area. I waited 10 weeks since my last treatment this time since I didnt have anything grow back (on bikini and underarms) 8 weeks into it. Now at 10 weeks, I had a bit of very fine regrowth on bikini and underarms (maybe 10% at most and VERY fine compared to old dark coarse hair), but most of the fine stomach hair did grow back.

LightSheer was used very differently from GentleLASE. The feeling when the hair is killed is pretty much the same, but the technique was different. LightSheer is more of a rolling treatment on the skin, while GentleLASE was separate "hits". I can see how it is much easier to miss spots with LightSheer if the tech is not experienced. Also, with LightSheer, there was a stream of cold air the whole time, while with GentleLASE small amounts of cold "hits" are released right before the laser beam "hit". My skin looks absolutely fine. The redness was gone within half hour on stomach and underarms, and just a bit longer for bikini. The doctor used a longer pulse on my stomach since the area was just a bit tanned. The settings were 26 joules on bikini and underarms (shorter pulse) and 33 joules on the stomach (longer pulse).

I'll give another update and comparison after the shedding process in 2 weeks or so.

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#24718 - 08/29/05 02:03 AM Re: Update on my results so far
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Good choice. You will like the Lightsheer! Make sure they use compression too as that will enhance the effectiveness.

RJC2001


Edited by RJC2001 (08/29/05 02:04 AM)

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#24719 - 09/21/05 06:04 PM Re: Update on my results so far
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Ok, so time for my update. It's been 3 weeks now after my only LightSheer treatment (overall this was treatment #4 on bikini, #3 on underarms, and #2 on stomach). My opinion at this point is that I am not completely satisfied with LightSheer, at least as compared to GentleLASE. Now, that might be due to this doctor in particular that treated me, but I'm not sure. Basically, it looks now like a lot of areas were either missed or just didn't shed.

The settings weren't too low or anything with LightSheer. In fact, GentleLASE settings that were used on me with great results were definitely on the lower end and still worked. I have to account my dissappointment to the difficulty of operating the LightSheer vs GentleLASE to provide accurate treatments. The GentleLASE handle just seems to make it much easier to target specific areas. I wouldn't say the GentleLASE doctor is any more experienced than the LightSheer one. Probably the other way around if anything. The results I received from GentleLASE treatments are very even and clean. Also, the LightSheer doctor did the perenial area this time which I haven't touched before and although the hair is coarse and dark, it didn't seem to have been affected at all whether with GentleLASE that type of hair around that area shed after the very first treatment. I think it might have something to do with the fact that the hair there is closer to the surface and LightSheer might have reached too deep and passed them by since the wavelength on LightSheer is higher...

Anyways, I'm going to wait a few weeks and then go in for another GentleLASE treatment. Hopefully it will be my last one on bikini and underarms as I only have a few small sparse areas that need to be cleaned up left and will cost less than original treatments (takes 2 seconds to get rid of with a razor right now without any shadows etc!) and I'm planning to seriously up the settings and focus on the stomach area. That area has sparse clean areas with about 30% or so gone I think overall. I easily clean it up with a razor as well and have no shadows either since it's sparse and finer. Once that's done, I'll be very happy and hopefully hairfree

If anyone has any questions, as usual don't hesitate to ask.

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#24720 - 09/21/05 06:14 PM Re: Update on my results so far
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How may treatments have you had with the Genlelase? What skin type do you have? How many joules did they use? Thanks, this will be very helpful to me!

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#24721 - 09/21/05 06:21 PM Re: Update on my results so far
LAgirl Offline

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Registered: 12/22/04
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Loc: New York, NY
read the very first post with all this information in this string

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#24722 - 09/21/05 09:52 PM Re: Update on my results so far
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Registered: 01/24/04
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Loc: Michigan
It does sound like you have had super results. I have only been using lightsheer now for 9 treatments, but still have a few hairs in the bikini area (did the whole brazillian). My question is, how bad does the armpit area hurt? Do you have before and after pictures? I am seriously considering armpits if the legs end up working.

Also my skin type if very pale, with thick black course hair everywhere..eeek. Do you think the LightSheer or GentleEase(sorry already posting and forgot how to spell it) is better for this skin type?


thanks

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#24723 - 09/21/05 10:12 PM Re: Update on my results so far
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Underarms were the least painful for me I think. Laser works very well on both bikini and underarms since it works best on coarse hair. You should get similar results on underarms that you got on the bikini area. I personally prefer GentleLASE, but if you have a good tech who is very careful at not missing any areas with LightSheer, that laser is fine as well. Either one will work well on light skin and dark coarse hair, I just think if the experience of the techs is similar, the results are cleaner/more thourough with GentleLASE.

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#24724 - 10/07/05 02:41 AM Re: Update on my results so far
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Registered: 07/19/05
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Thank you very much, lagirl, for all your informative postings as they have helped me a lot in the last few months to decide whether or not lhr was for me. I do have one question. Since you are in the Los Angeles area, would you mind recommending a good specialist? Any help would be appreciated...

-Sll
Los Angeles, CA

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#24725 - 10/07/05 05:50 AM Re: Update on my results so far
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Loc: New York, NY
what is your skin and hair type?

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