Smooth Skin with Pepperspots
I had my fourth laser hair removal treatment about five weeks ago and my skin is very smooth. I had to go back for touch ups in my bikini area. I am waiting for those areas to shed, but other than that my skin is almost hairless.
When I returned for my touchup the technician noticed that the same areas that were 'missed' last time were 'missed' again. She thinks that the hair in those areas may be on a different cycle than the rest of my hair; so, the areas are not being missed, but are not responding to the treatment. Since I must take a break from my treatment she decided to retreat the areas anyway, because by time I return for the rest of my treatments the hair should be on a different schedule anyway.
I also found out some great and not so great news. Ideal Image has changed the recommended settings for laser hair removal. When I started treatments the recommended setting for type II skin was 14J at 18mm (I was misdiagnosed as type III so I started at 10J). Now the initial setting for type II skin is 18J at 18mm!! I can't believe this!!! I have had four treatments and still haven't been treated at 18J, and now they are starting people off at 18J!! I should have trusted the information I had read on the web and insisted on higher settings. I was just so nervous about burning and scaring.
Since I have published this laser hair removal journal I have had several people write me and say that I should use higher settings. So, when I return for my 5th laser hair removal treatment I will be at 18J and 18mm spot size.
I hope I can see some results during my break from treatments. The tech told me that 10 to 15% of the hair is killed after each treatment; therefore, after four treatments I should have about 50% hair reduction. I reminded her that my first two treatments were at 10J and she said I probably wouldn't see 50% hair reduction. It has only been a little over a month since my last treatment so I can't estimate my results yet. From my experience and from what I have been told, most of the hair grows back after 9 to 10 weeks. So come back in February to see how my results are coming along.
Since I am taking a break (about 6 months) from my treatments I will not update this journal weekly, but I will try to post updates about twice a month.