So I thought I'd post a quick review on my experience with the Soprano XL. I know I posted one forever ago after one treatment with it at one clinic, but I tried it again at another probably 6-8 months ago or so not sure how long now and just thought I'd give an update.
The first time I used it I had NO shedding and hated it. About 6-8 months ago or so I bought a Groupon type deal which was $199 and was for unlimited hair removal for 1 year on 5 body parts. Full legs counted as 2, which is why I bought the deal since it's like $350 a session at my clinic with alexandrite, then I included forearms and also chest which I've already done laser on and am pretty much as far as I can go with it. The deal however was for LightSheer which is why I got it.
I went for my first treatment with LightSheer and found it was okay, a little painful but not as bad as alexandrite. After the 10 days or so, I only had maybe 60% shedding. At my first appointment as well my tech told me that she had just bought a Soprano XL which was disappointing since at that time I did not want Soprano XL at all. She told me we can keep using LightSheer if I want but should try out the Soprano.
At my next treatment we used the Soprano. The one thing I liked was that she told me she would keep going over the area until I told her I couldn't handle the heat anymore, or until she thought it was treated enough. That made me happy since the first time I used it they did it so fast there was no way it could be effective.
She spent awhile on each area and it definitely got hot. I found treatment took just as long, if not longer as the LightSheer did. Anyway to my surprise, around day 10, the hair was falling out like mad. Pretty much 100% fell out, the exact same way it does when I'd have treatment with Apogee Elite alexandrite. So that made me super excited.
I did a few more treatments with it, spaced about 8 weeks apart, but she would only treat hair that was visible and not areas that were still hair free. All in all I did about 4 treatments with it I believe.
Anyway, due to scheduling and some other issues, I haven't been able to go in for my next treatment which she scheduled 12 weeks after my last one. So now I'm about 15 weeks since my last one and have full regrowth. However, it looks like pretty much nothing has happened! The hair looks exactly the same that it did before, or if anything MAYBE 10% less. The structure of the hair seems a bit different, like before it was more curly where as now it seems more straight, but I wouldn't say I've had a big reduction at all. Definitely not the same reduction my forearms had for example after 4 treatments with the alexandrite.
So I'm disappointed with it and really don't feel that it's that effective. My forearms and chest have no change either since I started going there (however both those areas have had around 8 sessions already with alexandrite so I wasn't expecting much to happen). I'm not going to complete my package and instead will just bite the bullet and pay the $350 or whatever it is to treat my legs with the alexandrite at my current clinic.