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#68857 - 01/12/10 07:36 PM Re: Share feelings here (not questions) [Re: LAgirl]
LinXianEr Offline
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I know that both laser and electrolysis work but I can't afford them yet since I am still unemployed right now. Plus, I heard they both hurt so I am really scared to do them. I just have to use the typical hair removing lotions right now since that is all that I can afford. The areas that bother me the most are my breast hairs(although I don't have much, just some), some light hairs on my stomach and my armpit hairs(which are not too bad either but really brings my confidence down and I get sick of having to scrub them off). I have some on my legs that bother me too, but once again not much. I also heard that not everyone has breast and stomach hairs and some other women have said it is gross to have hair in those areas. I was mad!! Gosh, it's not like I want to have hairs there. My mom doesn't have any at all so I still question why I do....My mom has smooth legs and hardly any armpit hair and she NEVER shaved or used anything in her life. THe hairs on my armpits are not that dark and they are pretty short. They are not really fine either. My leg hairs are really sparse and I don't have much but some of them are long and dark. There are only some on my breasts and some are really dark while some are really fine... Gosh, I can't wait until I can afford electrolysis and laser to get rid of them all for good one day...

I also have some on my face on my upper lip, but then again who doesn't?? Mine are not the dark but I have light skin so it is more visible.... That actually bothers me the most since EVERYONE can see it...I just have to use skin removing lotion to remove it for now...


Edited by LinXianEr (01/12/10 07:39 PM)

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#68941 - 01/15/10 03:51 PM Re: Share feelings here (not questions) [Re: LinXianEr]
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Yes, you can't do electrolysis or laser if you have no money. With the hair structures you describe, when you can pay for treatments,you should consider electrolysis only. A skilled electrologist can work on several areas at once. You can a least start asking around for recommendations in your area so when the day comes, you will be ready to go full speed ahead.

Hair removal creams can stimulate hair growth on the face when used over time, so be careful with that approach.
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#68944 - 01/15/10 07:24 PM Re: Share feelings here (not questions) [Re: dfahey]
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I think most of those breast hairs would be removed during the sample treatment phase, as could some of the largest, thickest belly hairs.
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#68945 - 01/15/10 07:33 PM Re: Share feelings here (not questions) [Re: James W. Walker VII]
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What you describe is not only normal, but pretty common on almost every woman. In fact, most women have a lot more than you. A few hairs on your underarms? Many women can't even simply shave there to due tons of stubble left because the hair is so dark and dense. I don't know one single woman who has no hair on their underarms. You're not abnormal in any way. In fact, you have less hair than the average woman.

Electrolysis for so little hair is very cheap. Many electrologists take credit cards too. Electrolysis removes 5-10 hairs per minute when using fastest thermolysis method. And it costs around $60-70 per hour. You'd probably only need 15 min treatments at most for all your hair.

Laser is only for coarse dense dark hair. Doesn't sound like it's the right solution for you anyway.

Yes, electrolysis hurts a bit, but it's not that big of a deal at all. If you really want that hair gone permanently, it's really nothing much to handle. Your fear is definitely exaggerated. Get a test treatment and see how it goes.

Shaving is the best temporary method for you. Other methods can stimulate more growth.

How old are you btw?

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#68946 - 01/15/10 07:56 PM Re: Share feelings here (not questions) [Re: James W. Walker VII]
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What an awesome discussion board...if only we could all meet! Here is my story. I started electrolysis in June. I had been tweezing for a very long time (since I was like 19, I am 26 now) and I hadn't realized that this was making the hair coarser. Soon enough of course, I found myself carrying tweezers with me, tweezing multiple times a day. At that point I knew something had to be done. Had my hormones checked...they were fine. Because I knew laser would be inadequate since not all my hairs were coarse, I proceeded to book an electrolysis appointment. And then the worse thing that could happen did, I got burned. I became soooo self-conscious. I let this incident take the best of me, up to the point where I stopped going out, experienced daily anxiety attacks. I couldn't keep my hands off my face and was literally giving myself breakouts. It took me a while to get myself back together. I opened up to friends and family about my hair problem and my anxiety problem...and most importantly, I WAS HONEST WITH MYSELF. I had to take a step back and answer the question: Who am I doing this for? For me. Only then, had I the courage to resume electrolysis in NYC. See, when one does things to be happy with oneself, the pressure is off. So what if you have facial hair? At least you are doing something about it. But do it for you, not to satisfy ANYONE ELSE. Relax, think about how in a year or two you can be laughing this whole matter off. I visited various electrologist. After my incident, I decided I would ONLY do blend on my face. I have learned that while many modern equipments can make the process faster and more comfortable, in the END, IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE TECHNIQUE OF THE ELECTROLOGIST. My electrologist now is wonderful and caring. She uses an older equipment but I have seen results. I don't experience plucking and only slight inflammation that subsides within 36 hours or less (after 2 hour treatments). I don't get ANY scabbing. Occasionally, like I have posted in this forum I get a few inflamed follicles. To keep me from touching my face I visit an esthetician regularly. She drains everything and unclogs my pores to help with the electrolysis treatment. The pigmentation from my initial burns faded roughly 75% after 6 months or so. it It is now so superficial that after one microdermabrasion treatment it was 90% gone. There was some tiny pitting, but I plan on getting a few deep peels after my electrolysis treatments have spaced out to 1X/month. status? Well, after 3.5 months of electrolysis I HAVE SEEN RESULTS. I can't really say how clear I am, but I'd guess 25-30% reduction. I go in for 2 hour appointments once a week and 15 minute touch ups in between if I need them. I still get coarse hairs but I went from having a full face of coarse hairs to having way less in between treatments. The only down side is my face gets slightly dry and flaky every now and then, but oh well, I usually visualize a clean hairless complexion and this soothes any worries. If you need info/referrals, feel free to send me a message. I'd love to help anyone as much as I can, as I have received a lot of support and answers from this forum.

best of luck to all in 2010,
M

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#68955 - 01/15/10 11:46 PM Re: Share feelings here (not questions) [Re: mochamasterpiece]
candela Offline
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I have some pitted scars too. Where have you heard that peels will help with those?

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#68959 - 01/16/10 12:09 AM Re: Share feelings here (not questions) [Re: sunshine44]
candela Offline
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Registered: 03/08/09
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What bothers me most is not having enough money right now to get rid of all the hair. I wish I had started when I was a teenager and then I could have been done by now probably. If I ever have a daughter I hope to have enough money to start her treatments early or at least I would encourage her to start working as soon as possible to get this done.

And it sucks to have new hairs pop out just a few days after my last treatment. I really have made a lot of progress in keeping my face clear, but my chin never lets up. However, it was around this time last year that I started to think to myself that I couldn't keep going through life plucking 30 minutes every morning, and 3 months later I read this forum and stopped plucking completely. So I told myself this morning that I may have a bunch of hair until this March, but after that I will see the results of treatment and hopefully they'll be good. It sucks though to have so much growth so near the end.

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#68973 - 01/16/10 02:42 AM Re: Share feelings here (not questions) [Re: dfahey]
LinXianEr Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
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Thanks so much for your advice!! Yea, one day when I do have money I will definately try electrolysis. I think I will come here and ask you all for some advice when I am ready to do it.But for now, I don't have any money yet.

I think I will try to pluck my hairs on my upperlip, but gosh does it hurt.... Luckily it isn't that dark or dense.

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#68974 - 01/16/10 02:51 AM Re: Share feelings here (not questions) [Re: LAgirl]
LinXianEr Offline
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Really? That's good to hear but I guess my confidence is so low that those hairs really bother me. The fact that I don't have much hair may partially be genetics since my parents both did not have much. I don't know anyone who has no hair on their armpits either. My brother's wife and her sister thought it was gross and called me hairy just because I had some breast hairs and some stomach hairs. I was sooo mad. They claim that they don't have any... I wonder if they are even telling the truth??

I am glad to hear that electrolysis will not be that bad for me. But I am really broke right now that even if I don't have much hair, I still cannot afford it. I will definately do it when I work and have money since I want those hairs gone forever.

Yea, laser does not seem like something that would work for me because my hair is not thick or dense. Have you done electrolysis?? Did you use anything for the pain??? The pain really isn't that bad?? How much does it hurt on a scale of 1-10?? I will definately test it first to see how it goes when I have money. By the way, are the doctor male or female?? I would feel strange to have a male doctor see my breasts...

I am 30, but I look a lot younger than my age(I wonder if it is an Asian thing??).


Edited by LinXianEr (01/16/10 02:55 AM)

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#68975 - 01/16/10 03:00 AM Re: Share feelings here (not questions) [Re: James W. Walker VII]
LinXianEr Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
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Really?? I think those hairs would be good to remove during the testing session.... I can't wait until I have money to do it.

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