It’s been six weeks since I’ve had my first laser hair treatment and today I had an appointment to followup with a second treatment. If you want to read about my first experience, as well as learn about my skin color, skin issues, hair type, birth controls, the machine used on me, and past struggles, feel free to read my first post. I documented everything each week.
Just like with the first post, I’ll update this post each week with updates. Check for bold font to find the week by week updates.
I had amazing results after just the first treatment so I’m looking forward to even more improvement. After the first treatment, I’d say about 70% of the hair stopped growing and the other 30% started to grow normally (well, slower than it used to be but it’ll still grow back by the end of a 24 hour cycle). When I went to get my second treatment, I had the same esthetician which was really nice. I know some places swap estheticians around to attend to clients instead of having the same esthetician each time.
My entire appointment only took about 10 minutes from the moment I walked in to the moment I walked out.
The pain I felt during the second treatment was barely noticeable except in some spots. I told the esthetician that I noticed some places were still growing hair normally and asked if she could focus on those parts. I also asked to get a little bit more coverage and had her focus on more areas of my face.
The areas that were treated previously didn’t hurt too much this time around. My sideburns were painless, my neck area was painless, my chin was almost painless, my upper lip was almost painless, in between the eyebrows was painless.
I added on getting my cheeks treated too since I thought it’d be weird having my black peach fuzz on the cheeks and having the sideburns perfectly smooth. My cheeks barely hurt to get treated. I also had my upper lip more carefully treated. The hair grows really close to the nose, so my esthetician zapped to the entrance of my nostrils.
I also had the upper eyebrow area treated this time. I didn’t have them shaped, but I had it cleaned up a little where there were stray hairs way higher than I would like. The eyebrows were kind of painful, but it was nothing compared to how my chin felt during the first treatment. I expected the eyebrows to hurt since the hairs are quite thick and dark, just like my chin hairs used to be. If you read about my experience during the first treatment, I described the pain as getting tetanus shots over and over at a rapid pace. It was a quick jabbing sensation penetrating my skin, quickly removed, and left a stinging sensation. The eyebrows felt like I was getting flicked in the forehead over and over by someone with “cat claw” nails.
My face wasn’t really red or too hot after the treatment this time. Last time, my face was so hot that the cream applied to the treated areas was melting on my skin instead of staying white and being rubbed in after 15 minutes. I actually rubbed the cream into my face immediately after the treatment this time because it didn’t feel soothing to have it on like it did the first time. My esthetician said to leave it on for 15 minutes but I really didn’t want to… The building was full of people when I walked in and I was expecting it to be the same when I left. I didn’t want people to see me with my face covered in white cream that resembled a Santa Clause beard. It didn’t seem like it changed anything by rubbing the cream in early.
As of night now, I’m a little nervous because I had new areas treated. Last time I got treated, I had major folliculitis (a bunch of little bumps that form at the irritated pore). I don’t want my cheeks and eyebrow area to be covered in little bumps. Last time it took about 2 weeks to heal.
Currently, the only spots that feel sore are my eyebrow area, some spots on the cheeks, and the chin. Overall, the second experience wasn’t bad at all. It only takes 5 minutes to do the entire face, so any amount of pain is worth it. But compared to the first treatment, there was hardly any pain.
Pain level for my first treatment: 7/10
Pain level for my second treatment: 4/10
I haven’t really noticed much, if any decrease in hair growth. There has hardly been any folliculitis this time as well. The only noticeable change is that the hair on my upper lip seems to be growing faster. The same goes for my lower lip and chin. It’s actually frustrating. It’s growing as fast as it used to before I ever had laser hair removal. It might actually be growing a little faster. But that may be linked to birth control. I’ve had Nexplanon for about 10 months now but recently I’ve started bleeding uncontrollably. My doctor recommended taking birth control pills, and the one I’m taking (Levora) is a pain and gives me terrible side effects. I’m tempted to just wax it so it’ll stay smooth, but I know I’m only allowed to shave. It’s driving me nuts. Hopefully the hair sheds off this second time.
There was a small folliculitis breakout along my jawline right under my ear but that that went away after a few days. Other than that, I haven’t noticed any other skin changes.
I didn’t try to stay as natural with my skin care products as I did last time. I’ve been using Avon’s Dramatically Firm Cream, Clinique’s Moisture Surge, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Lotion, and Olay makeup removing wipes. In the shower, I’ll use Olay Facial Bar Soap, Olay Fresh Effects Face Wash, Olay Cream Face Wash, or The Body Shop’s Seaweed Cleanser. I’ll exfoliate with my Derma E Microdermabrasion scrub every other day for 3-5 minutes. For makeup, I’ll use a mineral primer, and then I’ll use either Rimmel’s 25 Hour Foundation or E.l.f’s Acne Fighting Foundation. I haven’t been going outside plus it’s been cloudy where I live so I’ve been skipping the SPF.
I’m much more satisfied this week than I was last week. I was so upset with how quickly my hair was growing again that I failed to realize the advantage of it – shedding sooner! I started shedding the hair two days after my week one report.
A lot of the hair on my chin, neck, and sideburns have shed again and I went 3 days without needing to shave. My lower lips feels significantly smoother as well as my upper lip. It doesn’t feel or look stubbly by the end of the day anymore. I can still feel some hair but it feels like the soft, barely visible baby hair/peach fuzz. Hopefully this means the hair will permanently stop growing, but we’ll have to see. The hair in between my eyebrows hasn’t grown much since the first treatment. There was maybe 2 or 3 stray hairs but nothing worth calling a unibrow.
The bumps on my face have disappeared completely. There was no scarring or change in the pigmentation of my skin, which is always a plus.
My skincare regimen is about the same. I went from exfoliating every other day to 2-3 times a week. I’ve also been wearing SPF on my face this week since the temperature shot up to high 80’s and bright sunshine. I haven’t been using a separate sunblock/sunscreen. I’ve just been using my E.l.f Studio Tinted Moisturizer in place of my foundation. For my moisturizer, I just use whatever I feel like for the night regardless of the ingredients. I don’t moisturize in the day because I’ve been using tinted moisturizer.
My hair is still growing quickly so it’s easy for me to tell the difference between shedding hair and normal growing hair. My chin, neck, jawline, and sideburns have significantly stopped growing hair. The peach fuzz on my cheeks isn’t noticeable at all either. However, I’m a little surprised to report that my upper lip and lower lip seem to still be growing hair normally. It’s almost like I never had the hairs laser treated.
I still have four more treatments left so the upper and lower lip hairs may be gone at the end of this treatment, but I’m really surprised that there hasn’t been any improvement thus far. If I had paid for this treatment with the intent of getting my upper and lower lips treated, I’d be pretty upset right now with how poor the results are. But since I wanted my chin/neck/sideburns treated, I’m very pleased that the hair has decreased significantly.
The rapid hair growth was definitely linked to the birth control pills. I stopped taking the birth control pills and, go figure, the hair growth rate slows down a bit. Most of the hair is smooth but I have noticed a patch on my chin that is growing normally. It’s just a small patch of about 8-10 hairs though. My upper lip and lower lip are still growing hair as well but the hair is either thinner or there is less of it. The rest of my face is pretty smooth. I only shave about once a week now. I feel fine not needing to shave all of the time now.
I’ve noticed a bit more hair growth on the chin area. Before there was only a small patch, but now I can notice hairs growing all along the chin. But the bright side is that the hairs are more sparse than I remember them being originally.
I have my next appointment on Sept 4, Wednesday. I won’t be updating for a week six since things are pretty steady. I’ll update after my next treatment and create a new post.