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I am not new to hair removal, and have had about 25 hours of electrolysis on my face. Still all my hairs are not gray and so I figured, in the long run, it would still be cheaper to get as much laser treatment I could before finishing it up with electrolysis.

I have already had laser treatment done many times on the genital area, preparing for GCS. And in areas that can be really painful, so I was figuring the same with my face. I had a full beard laser treatment and I want to say... It wasn't bad at all. The worst areas with electrolysis is around the lip, especially upper. On a 10 scale I find the pain with electrolysis around an 8 at the worst points. With lase I think the worst pain was about a 4-5. It's like being snapped with a single rubber-band. It also feels like you are being blasted with ice for a split second. And afterward it kind of feels slightly burned. And the smell of hair burning is unique, which was very evident around the nose.

Now that I'm finished, my face feels very smooth, smoother than I've ever felt it before. I still have two more paid treatments remaining, so we will see what happens. I know in my case it is very tolerable, and if you have the means, and dark hair, I would recommend laser over electrolysis, at least to give it a try. If it at least partially works, the whole hair removal will still be less expensive, and in most cases it will take less time. Each treatment takes less time too. My full beard laser treatment lasted about 15 minutes, One go over for the full beard, using thermolysis, would probably take somewhere between 10-20 hours.


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Guest Nova Maria

I was seventeen when I had my first facial laser, and I thought I was going to die!!! Lol, I'm such a wimp. I'm glad you had such a positive experience!!!

Ain't technology grand?

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Guest Jenny_W


I had my first full face session of laser just this week on Tuesday. I found it quite bearable too, probably about 4-5 out of 10 in most areas. I found my neck was the most painful area - top lip was really pain free! The hair is not growing as quick and in a few days from now (7-10 days fom treatment) the hairs will just fall out. This is what happened with the trial patch that was done on my cheek about 3 weeks ago. That area is so smooth now - can't wait for my whole face to be that smooth :)

I was told it will take 8-10 laser sessions to catch all the new hairs growing. My next session is in about 4 weeks - I can't wait!

Luckily, I have only a few white/grey hairs so I am hoping that I won't need much electrolysis. It sounds painful....

So happy for you with your excellent result.


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Guest Paige712

So happy you had such great result hun :)

I just had my first laser facial last thursday and I felt it was no where near as painful as I was expecting (I tried IPL before hand which hurt like hell and yelded poor results). I love my facialist she is such a lovely woman.

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Guest Lacey71

I had laser for full face and I am on treatment #4 in three weeks and you girls are just shrugging this off as no big deal. Wow,I had a beard i had to shave twice a day in the army and laser is kicking my newly developing butt. I have very little pain during laser but i am really crispy after. I need like a whole day to recover. I'll say that now i shave at most, twice a week and love it. Paid 600.00 for six session package but has lifetime touch ups for 35.00 each.

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Guest Madison_Always

I must be a wimp. I had my first session a couple of weeks ago, and I thought it was really painful lol. I must not have a high tolerance for pain. :P

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Guest Emily Ray

Three months ago I had my first laser treatment and it was a 10 out of 10 on the pain scale. I knew how nice it would be not to shave eventually and so I suffered through it with tears running down my face. The second treatment was much less painful at around 5 out of 10. On Friday I had my 3rd treatment with the newer soprano XLi. It was so much better then the older laser they had been using. Over my upper lip it was only a 3 out of 10 pain wise. I highly suggest finding a place that uses the Soprano XLi or similar technology.



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Guest (Lightsider)

You know, thinking back to the first time I had Laser on my face it was not as bad until after I started HRT then it got worse. I wonder if any one else noticed if the pain went up after starting hrt? Of course in order to tell you would need at least one laser treatment pre-hrt to compare it to. Any way...just curious.

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Guest Lacey71

Had first two treatments pre- hrt third one was more painful after but had to use numbing cream. Laser has had me crying but just pushing through, I guess. SO looking over my shoulder reading said I sound like a girl... yay lol

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Guest Lacey71

Sorry about hijacking your thread Jennifer. I am considering starting electrolysis but i am afraid the pain is going to be very intense. I am finding pain of any kind much harsher than before hrt. I have not researched the different types of electro since i knew i would clear a lot of the dark hair with laser first, any thoughts?

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Genitals? Wow,i want that. Do most places do that,i wonder? Was that really painful?

I find the laser treatment on genitals are painful in certain areas. The worst for me is right at the base of the penis in front and everything in back to the butt. I think my technicians get a kick out of it because the more I'm in pain the harder I laugh, even when the tears start flowing. I am going to have to have some electrolysis later because there are some gray hairs.

As far as the face is concerned I'm going to need to spend quite a bit of time with electrolysis. I have a lot of gray hairs, although not much dark hair growth (for now). I still see the 5 o'clock shadow in the upper lip and the sides of the mouth, so laser will still have affect there. I've spent many hours of electrolysis on my upper lip and hoping laser will take care of a lot of the problem to where electrolysis won't be needed as long.


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I am really happy to hear that you had good results with your first treatment. I too have both dark and gray hair on my face, and I am scheduled for my first laser session on my face this January. the series of sessions I will undergo will be scheduled about 8 weeks apart. I know I will need electrolysis for the gray, but I am really hoping to get good results on the dark hair, as the shadow really shows up under my nose. it is encouraging to hear your results, and I cant wait for my session.


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Guest Paradox

Hi Lacey, Sure sounds like HRT heightens pain... I wonder if there is scientific proof to confirm this?

I was talking with some of the girls about being more sensitive to bug stings and the consensus was that it does hurt more and soften has a stronger local reaction.

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I was a twice a day shaver in the military. I am 41 with black, gray and some reddish mixed in. I will have my 4th treatment on Jan 7th and the results have been amazing. I have been on hrt for the last time. I have very little black or dark hair left. What comes in now are a few spots on my jawline and a few under my nose. The rest is a funny gray that is not like whiskers but less coarse. My 11 year old daughter says that I look like a cheetah. I am thrilled with the results and I am shopping for an elecrologist now. I really hope you have as good of an outcome. It might just chisel off 50 to 100 hours of electro. Good luck Love Lacey

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Guest Melissa~

I have completed 5 treatments on my face all have been about equally painful. The settings have been tweaked up several times, to the point getting some actual skin burns this last time, maybe I'll have her back it off slightly.

I turned in a south pole treatment sheet to my laser treatment center to add to my chart. As soon as I have a better inkling about which surgeon I'm using I may have them spend some zaps down there. Yes I'm dreading it.

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