Trying Electrolysis Tomorrow

August 25th, 2011

Hey everyone! For anyone that has been following this site for years now, I’m sorry that I haven’t updated in a long time. Just to get you up to speed real quick, I haven’t had any more laser hair removal procedures since fall of 2009. Since that time, I’ve experienced 100% regrowth. To make things even worse, I suspect that the laser hair removal has actually induced hair growth in areas, mainly my upper arms and shoulders. I never had this amount of hair all the way up my arm and on to my shoulders before. the only areas where there is growth were areas that were lasered.

I would say that laser hair removal 100% failed for me and was a waste of money, unfortunately. Am I upset? Somewhat. But at least I had the balls to try to better myself for once.

So the real reason I’m updating this blog is because tomorrow I’m hitting an electrolysis center up and having an experiment done on my upper arm(s). I’m going to be testing both the blend and thermolysis methods in a small area on both of my upper arms. The goal here, is to see if this small area shows any lasting results after a few months and to see how my skin reacts.

I have high expectations for electrolysis, unfortunately, because it is the ONLY method that is approved as PERMANENT hair removal. I don’t expect my arm to be hairless in the treated area, but I do expect some noticeable, lasting results if this technician does this properly. For the record, I’m in NH and having this done at a center here. I haven’t had much luck linking up with any electrolysis places in the Miami or South Florida area, so if you know of a recommended person down there, I’d love to know about them since I’ll be heading back down to Miami in a month or two.

BTW, the rate for the electrolysis here in NH is $62 an hour. Not bad at all, since I was paying $1000 for my arms and legs in Miami and that did absolutely NOTHING in the long term. Not sure what the going rate in Miami/Ft Lauderdale/South Florida would be, but I’m guessing it’s probably going to be higher.

Wish me luck, please! I’ve been really disappointed and self conscious with my hairy arms over the past 2 years, so I’m going to need all the luck I can get here! Crossing my fingers. Again….

Update: I had a short electrolysis session this morning to test it out and see how it compares to laser. Electrolysis, it turns out, is much less painful than laser hair removal. It’s not like being snapped with a rubber band every few seconds. This applies to both the blend and flash thermolysis methods. It is much slower, but thermolysis is still surprisingly fast. I had a quarter sized area cleared in 15 minutes with thermolysis and a nickel sized area cleared in 15 minutes with the blend method.

First Laser Hair Removal Treatment Of 2009

April 9th, 2009

Hey everyone, sorry for the long delay between posts! Lots has been happening since I posted last. I’ll do my best to catch you up to speed quickly.

I was very, very stressed out about the hair situation this winter. I went up north for a couple days back in February on a ski trip and went down to NYC back to Romeo and Juliette Laser Hair Removal to see Chris before heading back to Florida. He understood my situation and really wanted to help me continue my laser hair removal treatments. He gave me a great discount because he just wanted to help and try to make this work for me. So I went back in and had my full arms and full legs done again. I realized that I didn’t have my real digital camera with me before I went to shave, so I ended up taking these photos from my iPhones. In these pictures it has been about 6 and a half months since my last full arms/full legs treatment.

So now its been exactly 6 weeks since I had this last treatment with Chris at Romeo and Juliette. How have things been going? Well, first of all it was fantastic to be lasered again and be completely hairless. I can’t express how much greater I feel about myself and how much better I think it looks. My mind was really screwed up because of the hair. I know it seems crazy, but it’s true. Sad, but very true. The downside, as I’ve begun to remember, is the itching associated with the hair growing back! Hair is starting to grow back now and my legs are itching like crazy! I believe that because I hadn’t had laser hair removal in a while, that the hair is not growing back as thin and light as it was before after, say, the 3rd or 4th treatment. So the “pricklyness” is pretty bad right now! I’m really debating whether or not I should shave my legs. I know if I do I will have to keep at it or go back to NYC for more treatments and avoid having to do it for another 6 weeks or so.

I am going to make an effort to do at least another couple treatments this spring/summer and see how everything is going. I am especially concerned about my arm hair at this point. At first it was my leg hair, but then the laser hair removal did actually seem to improve my legs a bit, even after 6 months, but now I’m really stressed and concerned about my arms. So I am definitely going to listen to Chris and try to pound away at my arms and hope that we see some improvements. I’ll figure out what to do about the legs again shorty.

Things are getting very interesting and I’m still hoping for the best even though I know its going to take a while before I will be able to see how things are really going in the long run. Chris at Romeo and Juliette has been great and its great to know hes out there to really try to help me instead of just making a buck.

So I will have more info and updates in the next couple weeks since I’m due for another treatment soon!

These are the pics on February 26, 2009 before my first laser treatment in 6.5 months.

Six Month Since Laser Hair Removal

February 13th, 2009

Thing aren’t looking so good folks. It’s been 6 months and a few weeks since I had my 4th laser hair removal treatment on my legs and its been about 4 months since I’ve had my arms done. And a lot has changed. Slowly the hair has been coming back. My arms are showing it the worst. The hairs on my legs are pretty thin stin, but they are getting longer and darker. The hairs on my arms have been dark and long for a while now. At least 2 months. The worst part is that my upper arms are REALLY hairy now. Really hairy. All the way up. The lasers have obviously stimulated hair growth on my upper arms, since everywhere I’ve had lasered now has hair, and the immediate areas next to them, still don’t have hair. This is most noticeable on my shoulders and such. Some of the hairs on my arm are longer than ever. Freakishly long if you ask me. I’ve had to trim them because I was so embarassed.

I’m incredibly disappointed and discouraged. I’m really not sure what to do at this point. Do I keep having my upper arms blasted away and hope that the lasers actually have a long term effect? Do I stop now and cut my losses? Do we go full blast at these things and hope that they get better after 10+ sessions or so?

I don’t know what to do. And on top of it all, this recession is hurting everyone. I’m not so sure I want to invest $1,000 per session anymore when the long term results aren’t looking so promosing. Do I try to get some sort of guarantee or some sort of package to drive the price down? I’m in Florida currently, and I noticed that the recession hit South Beach hard, and the Dermacare laser hair removal location I used to go to closed. I’m not so sure that I would go back there anyways, seeing how they seemed to have used improper millisecond settings on the lasers that I became aware of afterwards. I’ve been looking for places down here with the GentleLASE machines, but haven’t found anything that looks to great. So, should I fly up to New York to go to Romeo and Juliette in NYC?

I’ve been very, very stressed out over this situation for the past two months. I really can’t believe that I have the growth that I do on my upper arms now. I had to trim everything down with my Norelco BodyGroom the other day because it was so embarassing to me. I get very bummed when I look at my arms these days and think about how great they looked last spring and summer with little hair. My legs aren’t as bad, but it looks like they might be back to the way they were in another month or two.

What is wrong with me? Am I really this resistant to laser hair removal? Do we just need to use much stronger settings to make sure things actually work for the long term? You can tell I’m confused at this point.

I will update this post and upload pictures soon. Until then, anyone have any suggestions or insight?

Four Months After 4 Laser Hair Removal Treatments

December 1st, 2008

It’s been 4 months since I last had laser hair removal on my FULL arms and legs. The results are mixed, as my legs are definitely not as hairy when compared to my before pictures, but my arms are pretty hairy again and got a bit darker again over the past month or so. My legs are also starting to get a little darker and hairier again.

I think I need to go back for more sessions SOON and continue to hammer away at the issue for the next couple months and not let up for 4 months at a time like I’ve been doing.

Laser Hair Removal Legs

Laser Hair Removal Legs

Laser Hair Removal Legs

Laser Hair Removal Legs

Laser Hair Removal Legs

1 Week After Laser Hair Removal Session #5; 12 Weeks Since Session #4

October 22nd, 2008

So here are the pictures I promise. You’ll see my upper arms are clearly shaven and freshly treated from last weeks session #5. The rest of my arms and legs haven’t been treated in 12 weeks now!

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Laser Hair Removal Treatment on Arms

Laser Hair Removal Treatment on Arms

Laser Hair Removal Treatment on Arms

Laser Hair Removal Treatment on Legs

My Fifth Laser Hair Removal Session: Upper Arms

October 22nd, 2008

I had my fifth laser hair removal treatment in New York City last week and this time I ONLY got my upper arms done. As I wrote in the last blog post, I’ve decided to wait and see how things are looking now, after more than just 12 weeks between treatments and see how my arms and legs turn out. I decided to just have my upper arms done because I’m seeing more new hair growth on my upper arms and I need to stop this and get rid of these hairs for good. So I may go in for a sixth session in 6, 8, or 10 weeks, after I’ve had some time to let the hair grow back and see how dark, thick, and long it turns out to be.

The big news about this treatment is that it may be my last laser hair removal treatment in New York City for some time now. I’m headed back to Florida for the winter so I may end up going back to Dermacare South Beach for my treatments. Although, I’m a little hesitant now after going to Romeo and Julliette and getting great service and having laser techs who know their laser settings. I’m still a little confused as to why Dermacare used such a high millisecond setting during my treatment. I’m extremely happy with Romeo and Juliette after going there three times now.

So how did my fifth laser hair removal session go? It was quick. Just having your upper arms done only takes about 15 minutes. I was in an out of their office in probably 25 minutes. It only ended up costing me $150 too – $900 cheaper than having full legs and full arms done! The laser tech did a great job and we ended up using 18 joules, at 3 milliseconds with a 15mm spot size.

I had a few other things to do in NYC this trip so I didn’t get to go home and take pictures after this session. I still haven’t taken pictures but I will be sure to do so tomorrow and post them along with some more photos of my lower arms and legs, as I’m interested in documenting everything, every week now, to see if things get much hairer or not!

10.5 Weeks After Laser Hair Removal Session #4

October 10th, 2008

Sorry for the lack of updates in the past 3.5 weeks. I FINALLY got a new digital camera yesterday so the first thing I did was take some pictures of my arms and legs for the site. It’s been 10.5 weeks now and things are looking somewhat consistant. Hair has grown back but it is much thinner on both my arms and legs. I would say my legs have responded the best and overall I’ve probably seen a 75% reduction in hair on my legs! And I think it looks pretty natural as well, which is something I was worried about. I’m really excited about that. I was looking back through some of the “before photos” yesterday and it’s amazing how much less hair I have now! I definitely feel like I’ve done the right thing and I really dislike the old look now.

My upper arms definitely have hairs that need to be taken care of but the hairs are pretty thin. They may be somewhat dark but they’re thin enough that I’m not freaking out over them. (If they were dark and coarse like before I WOULD be freaking out over them.)

So I think I’m going to make an appointment for laser hair removal on my upper arms next week in NYC. This time I’m JUST going to get my upper arms done. I’m pretty satisfied with the results on my legs and lower arms for the time being. If, 24 weeks in, things start to get bad I will setup another appointment! But I think I’m done with my legs for now! The best part is that my legs were running around $700 a session so I’m going to be saving a ton of money now too! My upper arms should only cost around $150-$200 to get done this time. Additionally, this will be the last time I get laser hair removal before I go back to Florida for the winter. So if I go again, I will probably be going back to Dermacare in South Beach, where I went before.

I will keep you updated on things on a weekly basis again, with pictures, now that I have a nice new digital camera. Below are some pictures from from, 10.5 weeks after my 4th laser hair removal session. Click the pictures for a larger image.

Laser Hair Removal Legs

Laser Hair Removal Arms

Laser Hair Removal Arms

Laser Hair Removal Arms

Seven Weeks After Laser Hair Removal Session #4

September 16th, 2008

It’s been seven weeks since my 4th laser hair removal treatment now and hairs are starting to grow back and become a little darker now, just like what happened around seven weeks after the 3rd treatment. Hairs are definitely looking further apart, meaning that the hair removal process is working and is getting rid of more hairs for good every time! Since it’s only been seven weeks though its still much to early to tell how many hairs are gone for good as some appear to come back around 10+ weeks like last time.

I probably should have gone back last week or this week for another treatment but I’m going to hold off until 12 or so weeks like I did last time so I can see the results thus far. My upper arms are looking good, except for one thin horizontal line that they missed, so I’m not too stressed about going back at this point. All the hairs on my upper arms are very short, light and thin at this point, which is awesome!

My legs really only have a few hairs at all. Everything is still very light, short and thin at this point as well. The two small areas that they skipped (a cut) or missed last time don’t look that bad. I’m really excited about how good my legs look right now! Laser hair removal is turning out to be a worthwhile investment for sure….but it’s still a little early to really be claiming that until I’m 12+ weeks in between sessions.

I just went to try to tak pictures for the site and I think my digital camera is now officially dead. Sorry guys. Guess I need to get a new digicam or borrow someone elses for this week and/or next weeks update!

Five Weeks After Laser Hair Removal Session #4

September 1st, 2008

There hasn’t been much to write about in the past few weeks so excuse the lack of updates and pictures. I’m still waiting for my arm and leg hair to start growing back. I can see very, very fine, very light hairs coming in but that’s it. It’d be almost impossible for me to take detailed pictures of them. So that’s about it for this week. When there is some progress and some hair regrowth I’ll be sure to start posting regularly again! I’ll also be making my 5th laser hair removal appointment once there’s some regrowth.

Until then, why not have a look through the archives going all the way back to February when I started my laser hair removal story?!

Help Me Get The Word Out

August 14th, 2008

I’m asking for your help in getting the word out about My Laser Hair Removal Story! How can you help? Simple! Bookmark the site, mention it on a forum, send it to a friend, family member or colleague if you feel comfortable doing so or just link to us from your site, blog or blog comment! Also, I love seeing blog comments, and it helps to get other users to interact and join in the discussion.

The more and more people I see visiting our site the happier I get about doing this blog. I want to help inform as many people as possible and with your help, I can succeed. Thanks!

Two Weeks After Laser Hair Removal Session #4

August 14th, 2008

So, it’s been two weeks now since laser hair removal treatment #4 and I’m in Las Vegas where it’s hot enough to breed sheep! I’ve been using SPF-45 sunscreen all week but I’m still getting a little color. No adverse side effects at this point though. Honestly, there’s not much to report right now, but I’ll give a quick breakdown:

-I’m shedding quickly. I think I’ve shed almost everything I’m going to shed at this point.
-I’m already seeing hairs growing back on some weird parts of my upper arm, like the inside of my arm.
-I think my upper arm is going to end up being my biggest issue in the long run.
-I’m seeing a few hairs on my shoulders that we either missed or they’re new hairs coming in.
-They intentionally missed a spot on my leg, because it was all cut up, and it’s looking a little odd now being the only bit of hair on my legs.
-I think I might go to NYC later this week or early next week for a touch up and to show them the hairs on my arms and figure out what to do about these.

As promised, here are the pics of my arms and legs from this week. Honestly, there’s not much to see, as I’ve shed pretty much everything. But you can see my legs, and the cut on my right leg, that they had to go around and now, as a result, is the only area with any hair on my legs. Also, if you look at the two pictures of my arms, you can see the hairs that are growing on the left upper side of my arm, just above my elbow. It’s really hard to take pics of them. But those are the hairs I mostly wanted to highlight, since I think its weird that they’re coming in at all.

Click for larger images.

Laser Hair Removal Arms

Laser Hair Removal Arms

Laser Hair Removal Arms

One Week After Laser Hair Removal Session #4

August 5th, 2008

Hey everybody! Another week another post! It’s a little weird for me to be doing these posts on Mondays now after being so used to doing them (or trying to) every Thursday for the past 6 months. I was starting to get pretty used to it.

So it’s been a week since my fourth laser hair removal session in New York City at Romeo and Juliette Laser Hair Removal. Things have been going pretty well but there were a few things I noticed in the past week that have never happend before. First off, I noticed that my skin looked a little bruised in some areas! Could it be from the higher laser settings? It’s possible. This was mainly happening on my legs, but I noticed my arms were a little red for a bit longer than usual. I also noticed that a few of my small moles, that got lasers in the process, are a bit darker. I’ve noticed this before but then they seemed to fade back after a few days. We’ll, it’s been a week now and they’re still pretty dark brown/black. Oh well. Not really a big deal. Remember in the past when I thought my legs were losing color? Well, that cleared itself up, so I guess I just need to give everything some time.

As far as the hair is concerned, I’m still waiting to shed. I’m seeing little hairs, that look like stubble, popping up everywhere. Nothing out of the ordinary. I’m just really focusing on my upper arms right now and hoping that they shed fine, and that the hair doesn’t grow back super quickly! I really need to get these upper arm hairs taken care of and I think they’ve become my biggest concern, now that my arm and leg hair is thinning out!

This upcoming week is going to be very interesting. I’m headed to Las Vegas for a week and was planning on hanging out at the pools as I always do. However, since I just had this laser hair removal session a week ago, I’m a little concerned. I’ve always been told to stay the hell out of the sun after each session! So I’m not sure what’s going to happen…I’m planning on packing some SPF-40 or SPF-50 sunscreen and putting that on pretty heavily and frequently. I hope that does the trick. We’ll see.

I’ll post pictures of my current hair growth in the next day or so before I leave for Vegas!

My Fourth Laser Hair Removal Session

July 30th, 2008

On Monday I had my 4th laser hair removal treatment, my second of which was done at Romeo and Juliette laser hair removal in NYC. I’m happy to report that everything went great! I finally got to meet Chris, the owner of Romeo and Juliette, and he was very active in my treatment this session, looking over my skin and figuring out the laser settings for this session.

I was lucky enough to be treated with the new GentleMax laser this session, whereas they used the GentleLase for the last session. I’d heard about the GentleMax on the internet while doing some research on Google and some laser hair removal forums, and everything said how it was a very effective top of the line laser! We’ll see how true those claims turn out to be in the next couple months.

This session I was treated with 18 joules at 3 milliseconds with an 18mm spot size on both my legs and arms. These settings were said to be aggressive for my skin type but should bear better results, especially on my upper arms where the skin is light and the new hairs and dark and coarse. I was so happy that I was finally getting these upper arm hairs taken care of!

I noticed that the higher laser settings definitely resulted in a little more pain on certain areas on my legs! It was pretty uncomfortable at times but the girl working the laser was great and was OK with stopping for a quick break whenever I needed it. I even remembered to take an aspirin before the session, but the laser still hurt at times, mostly on my upper legs where I’m more sensitive.

After the treatment on my legs and then arms, my arms were pretty puffy so we kept applying cream to make sure the swelling would go down as quickly as possible. They even gave me cream to take with me when I left to make sure i had some if needed! They were overly cautious about everything but its great that they go to those lengths to make sure your OK!

My skin was red and puffy for about another hour or so after leaving the office but then everything was fine. It looked like they did a great job this session and I noticed that the laser tech was very thorough with the treated areas, so I should have nice even results! (No one wants patchy results.) As I was driving home I realized that I’m very lucky to be getting such top notch hair removal treatments. I’m very happy with all the treatments to date, and I find that it’s worth it for me to drive 4 hours to New York City.

So there you have it – my 4th laser hair removal experience! Now I just have to sit back and let the treatment run its course over the next weeks/months. I’ll try my hardest to do the weekly updates and take good, clear photos for everyone to check out!

Laser Hair Removal Session #4 On Monday

July 22nd, 2008

I setup my next laser hair removal appointment this afternoon with Romeo and Juliette in NYC. I’ll be going in on Monday for my fourth laser hair removal session and I’m really looking forward to it! I’ll try to post updates on Monday or Tuesday after the session.