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#45238 - 08/27/07 08:30 PM Re: My first session experience [Re: James W. Walker VII]
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Well, we have more than our share of Yankee invaders around here, so if you can defend your teams, then so be it. Personally, I find that we have a good crew of Steelers jerseys at the sports bar I frequent. Just let us north Texans know when and where to find ya and we will fill your calendar!
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#45267 - 08/28/07 04:45 AM Re: My first session experience [Re: tex]
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Damn, I forgot to ask if I could mention her name on this site.

Anyways, another 3 hours under my belt. That's 24 total hours. 1 full day of electrolysis, lol. We just started on the other half of my back and my practitioner believes that we will be moving along a lot quicker. She says that the hair is not as dense on my left side compared to the right. She told me to keep track of the number of hours we spend on this side just to compare it to the right. It took us 21hrs to clear the right side so it will be interesting to compare. Also, my practitioner mentioned that by the end of September (or even sooner) I should be at that first clearance level, which should make things move along a lot easier. We'll see how it all goes...

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#45517 - 09/04/07 05:21 AM Re: My first session experience [Re: M_D]
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29 hours done (21 hours on the left side, 8 on the right).

My left side is pretty much clear now too. Maybe another 2-3 hours of work I'd say. Still have a lot of work left to do, but it's a start I suppose. I checked out my left side and I have noticed some fine regrowth/new hairs. These will have to be picked up on another go around once my right side is clear. Again, it's only been 2 months since I've started so it's still too early to say how effective my treatments have been. We'll see where I'm at in another couple of months.


Edited by M_D (09/04/07 05:22 AM)

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#45545 - 09/04/07 09:31 PM Re: My first session experience [Re: M_D]
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Well, just got back from my laser consultation. Here's the gist:

1) This place was quite busy. There were people coming and going. Not sure if this is good or bad, just an observation on my part.

2) They had me fill in a standard questionnaire form with all of my particulars and some basic medical questions. This is good.

3) They provided me with an information package about LHR. The information contained in that package was a lot of the stuff that I have read on here (LHR doesn't work for everybody, no such thing as 100% permanent removal, possibilities of induced growth and so on).

4)They had a waiver and release form for me to fill out for when I start my treatments. I was a bit concerned about this since the release form pretty much absolves them from any harm/wrongdoing. Seems like this is pretty standard though for LHR clinics. Regardless, it sill has me concerned

5) The girls at the front counter were cute. Just an observation

6) The consultation itself went well I suppose. The technician went over some of the basics of hair growth cycles, treatment time, etc. Really basic stuff that I have read on here. She really stressed the fact that being young (early/mid 20's) I'm at a sort of a disadvantage since my hair will still have a lot more maturing to do. She said that does not mean she has never had any young men achieve good results, just that older men (in their 40's) tend to do a lot better. I think she only mentioned this to make it clear to me that this isn't a sure thing. She also mentioned that she will not treat too much past my elbow for fear of induced growth on the upper arm/shoulder area. Anyways, after having a look at my arms she mentioned that my skin is light enough for a Alexandrite or a GentleYAG. She did a test patch with the Alexandrite I believe. Just a small spot on my hand. It hurt a little, but not much. It did smell like burning skin for a brief second though. Not sure if that's normal. So at this point it is up to me to book a treatment session with her. Treatment cost is about $225 per arm per session I believe, unless I understood her wrong. Anyways, I'm gonna have to think about it for the next week before I make a decision. I'd appreciate any advice from you guys.

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#45547 - 09/04/07 11:18 PM Re: My first session experience [Re: M_D]
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The fact that they know about induced growth and suggest not to treat areas due to that is novel and a very huge plus. in general, they sound very straightforward and honest, which is a huge plus and almost unheard of in this industry. very refreshing.

Smell of burning hair is normal.

$225 per just lower arm is a bit on the higher end of things, but fine for full arm.

you should choose the GentleLASE alexandrite.

do you know what settings they did the test spot at? joules and spot size needed.

the waiver is standard at all the clinics pretty much.

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#45550 - 09/05/07 12:24 AM Re: My first session experience [Re: LAgirl]
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Argh, I knew I forgot to ask an important question!

If I go in for treatments I'll post that information.

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#45620 - 09/07/07 05:54 AM Re: My first session experience [Re: M_D]
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Did another 1.5hr session earlier today. Instead of continuing work on my left side my practitioner decided to pick up any new regrowth on the right side. I felt this would be a good use of the 1.5hr time slot. Anyways, my practitioner mentioned to me that she was quite pleased/amazed that there was very little regrowth. Of course, since I'm not an expert I'll have to trust her word. It's hard for me to tell via the mirror since everything back there is so fine. I can say that I did notice some regrowth though, but it didn't seem like a ton. Again, we'll see as time goes on.

Also, the small test spot I had done with laser seems to be doing fine. No abnormal reactions whatsoever. No redness, nothing. Granted, it's only a tiny spot on my hand. I'm thinking about setting up an appointment next week, although I might talk to my electrologist again just to see what her opinion is on the matter.

So that's 30.5 hours total. 21 hours to clear the right side, 8hrs done so far on the left, and another 1.5 hrs to catch regrowth on the right side.

Well, the way it looks right now I think I will surpass my mark of 50hrs of estimated work. Of course, now thinking back on that number it really was wishful thinking considering how much work I need to get done.

We'll see where I'm at in 4 months time.

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#45716 - 09/11/07 04:14 AM Re: My first session experience [Re: M_D]
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Another 2.5 hrs done on my right side. Things are looking pretty good.

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#45772 - 09/13/07 01:33 AM Re: My first session experience [Re: M_D]
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Loc: Vancouver, BC
2 hrs more on the my left.

21hrs to clear the right, 3.5hrs spent on regrowth.

10 hours still clearing the left.

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#45776 - 09/13/07 12:53 PM Re: My first session experience [Re: M_D]
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Registered: 09/10/07
Posts: 30
Loc: Istanbul, Turkey
gotta ask you a question, it may sound stupid because i am in a terrible suicidal mood right now because of that problem.
how long would it take to clear whole your back in one go if they would do it? and how many FULL sessions do you think that you would have to had to become hair free?
my whole body was in a terrible condition before laser, now i dont have any hair longer than a centimeter left on my body but i have them all over my body. my back and front look bad, never had any laser on my sides, they are much finer. i am considering having electrolysis, i need your opinion on this. i want this to be over asap. pls answer as best as you could even if you think the question is stupid.

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