Laser hair removal

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    Oct 28, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    I'm really excited as I recently got an amazing deal (too good to be true) for total body laser hair removal. I've hated being hairy for literally half my life. I'm also afraid that the deal is too good to be true. As I'm waiting for my very first session, I want to know from all of your experiences with laser hair removal (especially men with dark skin). Thanks!
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    Oct 28, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    It grows back. Just sayin'.

    I'm a little concerned about your darker skin color. While your hair is most likely much darker, you will have to get them to cut the laser power or it will be a painful experience.

    For max effectiveness, power has to be set to levels where you're gonna feel it in nerve-sensitive areas. If you bitch too much, they will crank it down and it won't be effective and you may be wasting their time.

    Those machines used by "American Laser Centers" cost about six figures, even on Ebay. And, ALC chooses the latest tech from Germany.


    There have been situations where you buy a treatment but the salon goes out of business to avoid unhappy customers who need more treatments.

    I don't regret my treatment. I'm blond and some of that hair didn't turn darker until...now.

    But, I could have just gone to a regular salon and had my back shaved for much less than the $5,500 pricetag. Dental work would have been a better investment.
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    Oct 29, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    I totally relate to your excitement and need to get total body laser hair removal. I'm Caucasian, so I don't know how it works with darker skin, and was always curious (and about people who are blonde). It's sounds like the two previous commentators might know more about that. I heard the settings have to be lowered or changed somehow for darker skin, and it makes me wonder if that means longer time to get the hair removed. From your profile pic, it appears your skin is not super dark, and that might help.

    I can tell you about most other aspects of laser hair removal, particularly American Laser, where I go. However, each AL office is different and especially from state to state. In CT where I live, the law says only nurses and doctors can do the laser treatments.

    Not sure what conclusions you can draw from my personal experience, but maybe you should know:

    - I have dark hair, dark eyes, and light skin, a perfect candidate for laser hair removal.

    - I'm doing my chest and abs, was told it should be done in 6 sessions (a year), and it is now my third year and it is not all gone how it should. It looks like my chest and particularly abs are plucked and spotty patches of hair.

    - Laser hair removal is technically "permanent hair reduction" not "permanent hair removal." Some can grow back, especially if you are younger and not all your hair has grown in. On the other hand, it is my assumption from what I hear that it pretty much is permanent.

    Good luck sweetyork. You're handsome to start and with the total body hair removal, WOW! If you wish, keep me posted as I am interested in anyone's experience with Laser Hair Removal, or any hair removal, particularly full body. Learning about how dark skin works is good to know not only if I have friends who ask but who knows what I might learn that is useful to me. Thanks for writing this topic.
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    Oct 29, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidI seen some bad scarring on tv for dark skin people that got hair laser removal ... my advise to you is don't go to some cheapo cosmetic place you could be in for the hurt of your life. On this one show I saw it left their skin pink in places that they used the laser and the rest of the skin was dark. I'm sure there should be some stuff on the internet about it.


    I forgot to reply to this. This is right. Not all lasers are the same at all. American Laser says they stay up to date with the latest, who knows. I trust they do.

    Warning: I once went to check out the laser hair removal done by a dermatologist who only does cosmetic work. He had what looked like a couple of old machines he stands by. I asked for a sample on my arm. The room smelled of burnt hair and skin, and the spot on my arm looked like it was burnt. He said that is just how it should look. I think he is crazy. The sting lasted for three days and the burnt skin gradually faded after that. Could you imagine if he did this to my arms or any area of my body? American Laser does not burn your skin. There will be follicutis or redness around the areas that will fade in a day or two.

    Another thing you should know about it using Emla cream, a prescription numbing cream. Not good to spread over large areas of your body frequently, but I use it every couple of months on my chest and abs. Couldn't do it without it. Try it without first. If it's too much, try the Emla cream, not an over the counter numbing cream. Check with your doctor to see if it is safe for you. Tell him all your medications and conditions. It's usually safe for most people and they use it on babies. Lots of guys use it.
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    Oct 29, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    You need to ask what kind of lasers they are using. Only certain types work on darker skin (the Candela GentleYAG is the best).

    All deals are not created equal; some places offer deals because they suck. You don't want an ineffective treatment, or worse, burning and scarring.

    Check what laser they have.
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    Oct 29, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    timct saidI totally relate to your excitement and need to get total body laser hair removal. I'm Caucasian, so I don't know how it works with darker skin, and was always curious (and about people who are blonde).
    Most of us blondes are pretty darn smooth to begin with LOL
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    Oct 29, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    sweetyork saidI'm really excited as I recently got an amazing deal (too good to be true) for total body laser hair removal. I've hated being hairy for literally half my life. I'm also afraid that the deal is too good to be true. As I'm waiting for my very first session, I want to know from all of your experiences with laser hair removal (especially men with dark skin). Thanks!


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  • Sparkycat

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    Oct 29, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    Why do you want to look like a girl? What's next? Getting you balls cut off?
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    TropicalMark saidMost of us blondes are pretty darn smooth to begin with LOL


    Agreed!
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    What happened to "I was born this way?" Guess that is selectively used in our world.
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    Brownale saidWhat happened to "I was born this way?" Guess that is selectively used in our world.


    I don't remember signing a release to make Lady GaGa my exclusive mouthpiece.
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    In my experience with American Laser Centers, they have more than one type of hair removal machine based on your skin and ethnicity...

    They definitely have machines with a combination of laser light and radio frequency to destroy the hair follicles. http://www.syneron.com/treatments/hair-removal

    I finished out my contract a couple of years ago. It gives me the option of buying more time. But, they want me to commit to another package of time.

    Its just not that important to me.

    But, I have to visit my old stomping ground on Thanksgiving. I'll have to report on the financial arrangement we come up with.
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    Oct 29, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
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    Brownale saidWhat happened to "I was born this way?" Guess that is selectively used in our world.


    I don't remember signing a release to make Lady GaGa my exclusive mouthpiece.


    But Lady GaGa is the PERFECT example of natural beauty...
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    Oct 29, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    timct saidI can tell you about most other aspects of laser hair removal, particularly American Laser, where I go. However, each AL office is different and especially from state to state. In CT where I live, the law says only nurses and doctors can do the laser treatments.

    In California, they have to be registered nurses. I noticed they get a significant amount of business from men and women who are self-conscious about their pubic hair growth all the way around to the back and base of their spine.

    I guess I want a person who's already seen everything there is to see before arming them with a laser and stripping in front of them.

    Kindof weird when you see a coworker guy there but he's smooth. Armpits or asscrack?
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    Oct 29, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    Any man who trims his long or short bread, gets a haircut, or shaves any part of his face grooming. It's not unnatural to shave your face or get a hair cut, or trim your beard. However, over the decades (and not long ago) and centuries there have been big arguments about this, what unnatural or natural or masculine or not, too.

    Hair or no hair anywhere on anyone is just a matter of grooming. It isn't related to sexual orientation or gender, of make you more or less of a man. Many more men are realizing they can wear colored clothing they couldn't in the past regardless of their gender or sexual orientation (pink shirts or ties, etc.), believe me that was a big deal not too long ago. Same with haircuts. Same with grooming their body. That's all this is.

    The most masculine "all man" athletic types venerated in ancient times, such as Greece, removed their hair. (Many still do, lol.)

    If guys who are smooth don't turn you on, I'm not going to argue with you. It's your tastes and for goodness sakes, go for the guys that turn you on. Understand that some (increasingly many) guys who shave any part of their body like how it looks as men, and that includes a lot of heterosexual men, too. We surely can all get along. It is simply grooming.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 29, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    I wish that I could afford laser hair removal.icon_sad.gif I hate having hair on my legs, ass, chest, and parts of my back, it makes my physique look ugly.
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    Oct 29, 2011 8:25 PM GMT
    It might work for you, if your hair is darker than your skin. If it not it may not work well or risk burning you.

    Its not so much that hair with laser hair removal comes back.. but that they never really got it all in the first place.

    Electrolysis is more expensive but its a much better option to remove 100% of hair.
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    Oct 29, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    adam228 saidElectrolysis is more expensive but its a much better option to remove 100% of hair.

    Electrolysis may not be the practical for the entire body, but I know that it is more successful.
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    Oct 29, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    sweetyork said
    adam228 saidElectrolysis is more expensive but its a much better option to remove 100% of hair.

    Electrolysis may not be the practical for the entire body, but I know that it is more successful.
    All areas of the body can be treated by electrolysis. Effectiveness depends largely upon technique.
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    Oct 29, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    I had laser hair removal done on me bum and a little around my groin area about 6 years ago. My friend is a dermatologist who did the procedure. It took about 4 passes on my booty and 2 around my groin area. I now have just peach fuzz on my bum and just a bit less hair around my groin. I didn't want all my pubic hair off just reduced some.

    The price was good too, free... Well we trade, I cut his hair for free.
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    May 10, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    Sparkycat saidWhy do you want to look like a girl? What's next? Getting you balls cut off?


    Bahahaa says the man in the purple facial in his display picture. Sorry, I couldn't not say it.
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    Dec 20, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidI've had laser hair removal on my lats, shoulders and lower back to produce a smoother, more natural look. It has NOT grown back and that was perhaps 15 years ago. Left my chest alone as I love that look on a man.
    Sure beats repeated waxing and all that expensive BS.

    It does work best in the winter when don't have a tan and the laser has a good contrast of skin color vs. dark hair. Blond, Red, and Grey hair is tougher to attack.
    Now,, one thing to note. Your hair grows in stages. So you will need to come back for a total of 3 treatments of the same area to get the hair that's asleep or laying dormant at the time. Once you've hit all the hair bulbs in that area when they are out, if attacked properly,, they won't regrow unless your shop has a really low grade, cheap ass laser. Ask questions... find out what instrument they use and do a little google search on it and see if it's quality.
    It was some of the best money I ever spent years ago.


    Right on, glad to hear that. I did my first treatment at a pretty reputable place at a decent but not to cheap price. I'm doing full back and shoulders. I'm leaving my chest too ;) lol
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    Dec 20, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    Sparkycat saidWhy do you want to look like a girl? What's next? Getting you balls cut off?


    said the guy giving himself a facial mask hahaha
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    Dec 20, 2012 7:12 AM GMT
    I had my neck lasered hair removal! I still need one or two more treatments...but it's the best thing...

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    Dec 20, 2012 7:15 AM GMT
    sweetyork saidI'm really excited as I recently got an amazing deal (too good to be true) for total body laser hair removal. I've hated being hairy for literally half my life. I'm also afraid that the deal is too good to be true. As I'm waiting for my very first session, I want to know from all of your experiences with laser hair removal (especially men with dark skin). Thanks!


    It will eventually grow back. Laser hair removal slows it up, but, it doesn't get rid of it. If you have darker hair, it works better. If you are tan, and have darker skin, or, have lighter hair, it's not as effective.

    It hurts. Not just a little bit, but, a whole fucking bunch. When that hair sizzles down inside the follicle it HURTS.

    Depending on the operator, the intensity, your skin color, and sensitivity, there's good odds you'll break out for about three weeks as the dead hairs come out of their follicles. You can expect that. That means they died. It'll itch, and look like crap for a while, but, it gets better.

    You gotta' keep going about every six weeks until you get through a few cycles of hair growth. It'll thin out. Be as pale as you can be. Don't wax anything. Big no no if you are doing laser. Be prepared, because it's gonna' hurt.

    A mouth guard will give you something to bite on if it gets bad. I mean that in all seriousness.