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Ninth Laser Hair Removal Treatment

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9th Laser Treatment, April 15

I canít wait to be done with these laser hair removal treatments.  My 9th appointment was fast, but painful.  She used the same settings on my bikini, underarms and upper lip.  Usually the settings for my upper lip are different, a smaller spot size or a lower setting.  So I was happy to have the 14mm spot size used on that area, because from what Iíve read the larger spot size can have better results. 

A larger spot size penetrates deeper into the skin than a smaller spot size.  This is because the energy forms a cone shape as it goes through your skin.  You can picture it like a fire.  The outside of a fire always has lower flames than the center. 

So a fire 14 feet in diameter would have a farther reach than one only 10 feet in diameter.  Since the hair follicles are deep within the skin you need the largest spot size you can handle (without burning) to zap and kill those deep follicles.  I think this is why my upper lip hasnít had as great results. 

Everything else in the appointment was the same as the other eight treatments.  It hurt Ė bad.  My upper lip didnít get too red, my underarms were sun burnt red, and my bikini area looked blistered.  As soon as I applied aloe the redness started to fade.  I took the pictures as soon as I got home, which was about 30 minutes after my laser hair removal treatment.

I was surprised to hear that I could use my numbing cream on my underarms, upper-lip and bikini area.  I had been told that I could only use in on my bikini area.  This was around the time that a girl had used it on her whole body and had a bad reaction which caused her to die.  So, Iím still a little nervous about using it in more than just my bikini area. 

The numbing cream really helps control the pain.  I highly recommend everyone use it, just not all over.


Bikini 1

Bikini 2

Underarm 1

Underarm 2

Upper Lip 1

Upper Lip 2

3 Weeks Later, May 4, 2008

It has been almost three weeks since my 9th laser hair removal treatment and everything is normal.  I have a few pepperspots in my bikini area, but my underarms and upper lip look fine.  There is a little hair in the peri-anal area and deep in the bikini line, which surprises me because the technician was very thorough at zapping every area.  The important thing is that my upper lip is completely smooth!

I was surprised to see pepperspots in my inner thighs.  I thought all of those hairs had quit growing.  I never have to worry before I wear even the smallest bikini, so I was shocked to see little black dots outside my bikini line.  Now they have disappeared; it was just over a week after the appointment that I had noticed them.

Hopefully, Iíll see great results from this appointment, because I am really tired of going back to Ideal Image.


Bikini 1

Bikini 2

Underarm 1

Underarm 2

Upper Lip 1

Upper Lip 2

Hair Growth, Again, May 28, 2008

There are lots of short dark hairs growing on my upper lip.  I shaved about two weeks ago, because the hair was bothering me.  I donít see laser hair removal as an effective solution for my upper lip.  I guess it does make the hair less noticeable, but I have a feeling it is temporary and next year Iíll have the same little mustache that has been plaguing me since I was a teenager.

On a positive note, my underarms are nearly hair free.  I havenít shaved them since my last appointment.  There are a dozen hairs under each arm that are about a quarter of an inch long.  I wouldnít be upset if this was how my underarms always looked.  I donít need to shave, but if I decided to shave it would be very easy.

There arenít any hairs on my upper bikini area.  The deep bikini zone has some soft light colored hairs growing, and the peri-anal area has a lot of hair growth.  Overall Iím happy with the results of laser hair removal in my bikini area.

My next appointment isnít until July, so Iíve been enjoying the sun.  I know I really shouldnít, but Iíve been told that as long as Iím sun free for four weeks before my appointment Iíll be fine.  Iím not really tan or anything; Iíve just allowed myself to enjoy an occasional dip in the pool without a hat.

Bikini 1 Bikini 2 Underarm 1
Underarm 2 Upper Lip 1 Upper Lip 2

     
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