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Laser Hair Removal

Is it worth the price???

 I would *love* to find a permanent hair removal option, as waxing is such a pain (literally)... I don't shave because I have sensitive skin. Research online says vaguely that it can't be classified as permanent, only electrolysis is, but I'm wondering how much reduction I could expect and for how long (years??) it would offer relief??

Any words of wisdom would be appreciated!

 

Re: Laser Hair Removal

  • Lurker here. 

    I do laser on my underarms (4 out of 6 sessions done) and so far it has slowed down the growth, made it softer and sparser.  It will not be a permanent solution but close. 

    If you're patient, sign up for Groupon and spend a few months waiting to see if you can find a good deal.  I paid $129 for 6 underarm specials from a Groupon and $300 for my bikini area.  This is about an 80% discount so definitely worth it if you can find a deal like this.

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  • Did not work for me and I have used two different lasers.  One was laser and one was intense pulsed light (IPL).  Spent a couple of thousand and only worked during the actual treatments.  A year later and/or after pregnancy and hormonal changes I had some growth return.  I have never been completely hair-free in any of my zones.  I have brown hair, eyes, and fair-medium toned skin and was told that I would be a candidate as well.  Wish they would make it guaranteed because I love the idea.
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  • I had 6 treatments starting over a year ago and I have no regrowth at all. I have brown hair and very fair skin.
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  • I'm waiting for an awesome groupon deal myself!

    I want my bikini/happy trail area done. I am so sick of waxing. I figure I spend around $700 a year on waxing so I can justify the price of a groupon for laser!

  • Interesting to hear the different outcomes - I've been thinking about it for some time, and a Groupon came through today which is why it is on my mind again. Honestly, even with a Groupon deal, if it isn't worth it I'm not sure that a good deal is even worth it... :(

     For those that have done it, how much time in between each treatment did you have to wait, or what was total time from start to finish? (I'm thinking both underarm and bikini)... I have a vacation coming up, so am wondering if I'd have time to get the treatments finished before we leave.

  • Interesting to hear the different outcomes - I've been thinking about it for some time, and a Groupon came through today which is why it is on my mind again. Honestly, even with a Groupon deal, if it doesn't give good outcomes, I'm not sure that a good deal is even worth it... :(

     For those that have done it, how much time in between each treatment did you have to wait, or what was total time from start to finish? (I'm thinking both underarm and bikini)... I have a vacation coming up, so am wondering if I'd have time to get the treatments finished before we leave.

  • Mine were every 6-8 weeks but I have fast-growing hair. If your hair grows more slowly, you'll go more time in between treatments.
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  • I am currently on session 3 of 5 for my underarms and I literally can't see any growth at all.  I have fair skin and reddish brown hair.  The only reason I'm trying it is because I got a LivingSocial deal for $99.  Totally worth it so far!  I will watch for another one to do my bikini area.
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  • I went the electrolysis route. Gone and gone for good.
  • How long / many sessions did the electrolysis take? Which area did you do? I've been considering that for the only reason that the investment would promise to be worth it. I feel like electrolysis on a larger area (bikini) would take forever??
  • I started laser on my bikini area and have had one treatment.  Check Groupon, as there are always tons of crazy laser deals in my area.  The hair I am getting removed is a light brown, and I was told that it may take me more than six treatments and that it is less likely to be permanent than with someone who has very dark hair.  One of my best friends had her bikini and underarms done and loves it, though.  It's been about five years, and she says she has some very sparse growth that came back, but she says that she loves the results.
  • I had laser hair removal (I do not remember what type of laser, but it could only be performed by an MD- I had selected a plastic surgeon). 4 treatments and I have been hair free for over 7 years. I could not be happier. The tx that I had done by a med spa did grow back about a year later :(
  • I'm a lurker, but will chime in :)

    I have fair skin, brown hair and brown eyes. Had bikini line and underarms done at term office and looove it! I shave may be every other week now and can't see much, as in a few light, fine stray hairs - but will go for a couple of touch-ups. I did not see much improvement until after 4th session though.

    I also got a Groupon for med spa - never again. You do get what you pay for. There they spent 20 minutes on both full legs (while derm spent more time on just underarms) - and it shows. HTH! 

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