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Old 03-31-2011, 07:33 PM
 
Location: state of procrastination
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Not expensive for the face. Just $100.00, but it wasn't worth it IMHO. It's supposed to take between 5-8 sessions to get rid of the hair and the maintenance every once in a while. The pain was HORRIBLE and I don't like being burned so it's back to electrolysis for me.

Thanks for replying everyone. You helped me make up my mind.
I did 6 sessions and it was TOTALLY worth it for me. Sure, there is some pain, but I didn't even bother to use the analgesic cream that they offered. I used 600mg ibuprofen 1 hr beforehand. Having ice to numb the area and the cooling gel application prior to zapping helps a lot. However, I do have very high pain tolerance.

FYI skin burns are NOT normal AT ALL. They need to turn down the power and adjust the settings. After every treatment, they can incrementally increase the laser power. You should report the burns to whoever did your laser treatment... Make sure they are certified in the use of that particular laser too.

I think sometimes there are pigments or glands under the skin that make it easier for some areas to burn even if they are using the "standard" setting. Maybe the face is one of those areas.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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I know people who have had it done and are happy. I am really sensitive and it hurts a bit too much for me. I went in for a tester and couldn't really handle it. I also can't get waxed because it just hurts too much for me. I think it sometimes depends on your hair, dark vs light, coarse vs fine, etc as well as pain threshold.
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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What if you shave the area a few days before then go in or would that not matter?
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Why are you reviving all these OLD posts?
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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I just answered my old question.

Apparently you do have to shave before going in, according to Laser Hair Removal Facts: What to Know Before You Get Laser Hair Removal:

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Laser Hair Removal Facts: How to Prepare

Once it's determined what type of laser or pulsed light machine will be used, you'll likely be told to either shave the day of your treatment or three days before. Check with your aesthetician before you show up. I've come in freshly shaved only to be sent home.
And sorry for bringing up this old thread.
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