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I went to my first laser hair session yesterday Sat SEPT 26 and found it to be a somewhat pleasant experience as it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. it was just the nape of my neck and under my chin an there was only a little redness after which this morning is gone. Certainly not what stop shopping as the results will reveal themselves over the next couple of months. The back seems to be the area that it had the best results as it it was a new machine with a vacum component to it plus my hair there is darker.
One more person has an insight to my mission as after I told her that I wanted her to understand that I wanted to achieve full facial feminization in whatever time it takes and to whatever extent I can afford.

In short I liked it and I like this path.

Hugs Cerise

PS the side benefit is the night before I had an situation with the band leader and friend I work with and rather than blowing off the band and the friendship I dealt with it all because I had decided to use my music money to finance my transition.

Thank you higher power! And thank you female self!

Perfect example of step 3. Working in tandem from within to join with the without.

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Hi Cerise,

I am happy you had a good experience!

I have a consultation scheduled, which they charge for, did you experience that as well?

Most of my facial hair is light, but the the darker hair is the most difficult to cover so I think it would be worth it.


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Hi Jamie
They didn't charge for the first consultation and it didn't really take that long. 5 min tops, and the a couple of min to make the appointment.
I was surprised how short the 1st session was. About 15 min but its a bundle of 6 so maybe thats why and about 60 a visit.
I think the nape which was under the chin as well was worth it even if I wasn't transitioning.
I will know tomorrow how effective it was but still when I shaved today, under the neck quick and easy

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Question, and I see conflicting things on the internet-- laser is usually permanent, but is there is a chance it will come back? Or is it just they never bothered to get FDA approval to say it is permanent. I am wondering cause that is something that comes up every once in a while and I've seen different answers (like that electrolysis is the only FDA approved permanent method). The key here being FDA approved.

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It is my understanding that laser will require several treatments on the same area to achieve what I would consider a dosired result and also the occasional followup session on that area. It is only good for dark hair with a light skin complextion absent from tanning. My gray hairs or lighter hairs will require electrolysis for removal.

A site called Hair Facts has almost too much info on all methods of hair removal and is where I found a lot of the clues to make a decision.

For instant I changed to the ladies brand of razor that was recimemded etc.

Electrolysis has been discussed and part of the hair removal plan.

Hugs Cerise

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Wow! I changed Laser Clinics and started yesterday on the whole front face and neck areas. Zap, zap. Yipes!.

I love my new tech and the TG part of the conversation was just that, part of the pre treatment conversation and not an issue.

I am pretty sure this is doing something and although I though the aftermath was going to be me hiding out for a day there was nobody who really noticed any redness nor did I detect anyone looking at my face while talking to me.

The upper lip as mentioned in other posts was " Holy Moley!" and that area actually takes more zaps and I go back in 2 weeks for the upper lip alone.

The good side is that it is quite fast and the adrenalin rush afterwards that last the rest of the day almost compensates.

As an added piece of information, those girls who want to get their bikini line done it's supposed to be much more painful.

cheers Cerise

PS Not hairless yet but getting there.

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Yesterday was my second full face session and maybe I got the shaving right this time or something but it was eye watering.

I going to keep going though as it's noticeable. As a useful piece of info the areas of under my chin, neck and back of neck which I had done through 6 previous sessions and with another provider were almost free of dark hairs yesterday.

All good news.

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I've had 3 sessions and shaving has gotten much easier. Still hurts, especially the upper lip!!!!

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I have finished 4 sessions including the touch ups sessions that come with each main session.

Definately showing in the areas that it wasn't before.

Just waiting till this coming Saturday as it is the 10 day mark from my last visit.'

Yes it does hurt, but no one has noticed the redness afterwards so that has been a relief.

Electrolysis is around the corner and from what my tech says its more of the same but different and longer.

PS ... Not one person has commented as to where my shadow is going. Not even the phobics!

So far Hair Removal and Hrt has not been the boogie man I thought it would be.

So glad I have been going through my fears.

Cheers Cerise


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For my part, and the questions about Laser. No... not permanent... for everyone.

My experience, by session 7, also 6 months hrt, my face looked great. However, my E was through the roof. Dr. lowered dose, T went up and about 40% of my facial hair returned. Another 8 sessions of laser lowered it, but at 2 years hrt today, I still pluck and laser (home laser) my face each week. (Can't afford electrolysis at this juncture).

It's better, and may work for some people...but it didn't get rid of the hair :\

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Cerise this is good, keep it up!  Apply ice to your face for a bit afterwards to minimize swelling and redness.  I use ice in a zip lock bag, alternating with a wet washcloth.  

After 50 hours of electrolysis my face looks great, with still more to go.  Even though I was quickly able to relax to a  point it wasn't unbearable now that my T is low it seems to be hurting more.  This is to be expected from what I've been told.  Never did laser as I'm mostly white haired and everything I read says its not permanent.


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I phoned an Electrologist in the early days and since I am dark with grey or white hairs, the plan of action was to use laser to get rid of the dark hairs and then shift to Electrolysis for the remainder.

The Electrologist and the Laser tech know each other so its all one big happy family although not under the same roof.

Women see electrologists as does my tech so i get the idea this is one of those things that is just part of being a woman.

Good thing I look forward to it.

not the pain but the moving forward and that rush when the session is over.

Just put on some makeup for the first time in a while (summer heat and makeup...yuck!) and although the shadow is still there the upper lip and an chin look way better.

Cheers Cerise



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And there are easy ways to hide that shadow, while waiting for it to be gone. You can use a red or orange color on the shadow, before your foundation. There are tutorials on this technique, on youtube.

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I am at 8 laser sessions and 2 half hour electrolisis. All I have left are a few stubborn dark hairs, light hairs, and red hairs. I can go with out make-up on and still pass (which is wonderful on some days--like helping a friend move).

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I am liking the effects and appearance of the laser sessions and when I stand and look in the mirror in the many elevators that I ride as part of my job , I like what I see.

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