laser hair removal

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    Dec 09, 2008 8:35 AM GMT
    how painful is this?

    not that i condone "medicinal inspiration" but if one were inclined to smoke a j or take a valium... would the pain be mitigated. i dont do drugs but i heard the horror stories of burning flesh.. and i wanna be prepared. i want some hair removed from my back (yes gross).. anyways if anyone has any sight into the experience or if any precautions. does dope increase blood flow to the area of pain sensation?
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    Dec 09, 2008 3:01 PM GMT
    Most places offer a topical anesthetic cream (Emla) that will reduce/eliminate the pain. However, depending on the area, you won't feel anything at all. It's akin to having an elastic band snapped against your skin (and not that big of one at that).
  • DuggerPDX

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    Dec 09, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    Over the last 6 six years I've had about 10 treatments on my back, and I won't lie, it can hurt, like a million little rubber band snaps. It all depends on the color of your complexion and hair, and how thick it is. The darker it is the more you feel the zap. It wasn't anything I couldn't handle, and I am fair skinned and the hair was lighter, but when I first started it was pretty thick. The last touch up I had I barely felt it. They do use a cold gel and the head of the laser is chilled, I've never had an anesthetic cream because it adds time to the session for it to work.

    I'm pretty pleased with the results. If you are offered a package deal it's usually cheaper than a one at a time plan. Oh, and stay away from the product called Nads, it rips off your hair, roots and all and is very painful. My partner and I got all drunk one night and decided to try it on my shoulder, I literally almost decked him after he ripped it off.

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    Dec 09, 2008 3:53 PM GMT
    I've thought about doing this also, though the pain is not the issue for me.. its the price since i'm a poor college student. Maybe i'll get it done for a graduation present to myself, but yea pain isn't an issue.
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    Dec 09, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    i had it done on my but and my butt hole and it only hurt one of the little zaps and that was when it was directly over the hole.

    other then that it was fine icon_smile.gif

    but i was slightly buzzed, i had one strong drink beforehand, lol
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    Dec 09, 2008 5:33 PM GMT
    Chaos444 saidi had it done on my but and my butt hole and it only hurt one of the little zaps and that was when it was directly over the hole.

    other then that it was fine icon_smile.gif

    but i was slightly buzzed, i had one strong drink beforehand, lol



    Wow...I love how descriptive your post is. Lol.
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    Dec 09, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    I have had 7 treatments on my ass, balls and abs as well as the back of my neck, a couple on my arms.

    Honestly, when my ass and balls were being done, it stung a little but not much at all. I actually got hard every time I was having it done. The back of my neck hurt like a mother fu@#er, but the rest was really nothing.

    I didn't ever use topicals or pain pills at all. The best part is that it is a very fast proceedure.
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    Dec 09, 2008 9:37 PM GMT
    What's ironic is that I really like hairy guys but like to be smooth myself
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    Dec 10, 2008 3:18 AM GMT
    polobutt saidI have had 7 treatments on my ass, balls and abs as well as the back of my neck, a couple on my arms.

    Honestly, when my ass and balls were being done, it stung a little but not much at all. I actually got hard every time I was having it done. The back of my neck hurt like a mother fu@#er, but the rest was really nothing.

    I didn't ever use topicals or pain pills at all. The best part is that it is a very fast proceedure.


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    Dec 10, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    I have had 2 treatments for the front of my neck so I won't have to shave it anymore. I have 3 treatments left. They put numbing cream on it an hour before the treatment. It hurts like hell, but the promise of no more ingrown hairs/razer bumps/other irritations on my neck is what keeps me going.
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    Dec 11, 2008 8:04 AM GMT
    im booked tomorrow. the lady at the spa let me feel the laser and it feels exactly how everyone online describes it, like a rubber band flicking against ur skin.

    i ran out of valium from a past surgery (prescribed for pain)... so im going in guns blazin tomorrow (my bday).
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    Dec 11, 2008 10:48 PM GMT
    it hurt like a bitch. its not the worst pain but its annoying.

    also the smell of burning flesh was a slight turn off. 6 more treatments to go icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 12, 2008 8:18 AM GMT
    DuggerPDX saidOver the last 6 six years I've had about 10 treatments on my back, and I won't lie, it can hurt, like a million little rubber band snaps. It all depends on the color of your complexion and hair, and how thick it is. The darker it is the more you feel the zap. It wasn't anything I couldn't handle, and I am fair skinned and the hair was lighter, but when I first started it was pretty thick. The last touch up I had I barely felt it. They do use a cold gel and the head of the laser is chilled, I've never had an anesthetic cream because it adds time to the session for it to work.

    I'm pretty pleased with the results. If you are offered a package deal it's usually cheaper than a one at a time plan. Oh, and stay away from the product called Nads, it rips off your hair, roots and all and is very painful. My partner and I got all drunk one night and decided to try it on my shoulder, I literally almost decked him after he ripped it off.



    can i see pictures of your back please? is all the hair gone or 90%?
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    Dec 17, 2008 2:07 AM GMT
    So seb... has the sting settled down?
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    Dec 19, 2008 8:25 AM GMT
    yes it has. i dont really notice much although i dont see any hair growing in.
    the lady shaved it, im not THAT hairy but theres definitely peach fuzz.

    she said she was gonna use a stronger laser next time... sounds like fun.
    the next treatment is at the end of Jan. i think it sucks that u can't go somewhere nice and warm for the winter in fear of getting sun burned after treatment.
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    Dec 19, 2008 8:28 AM GMT
    um... my ex use to do it. now he doesn't and so he has patches. also, the lighter your skin is, the better the laser works.
  • Latenight30

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    Dec 31, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    One if you are drinking or have had alcohol a true professional shouldn't do any type of skin/hair treatment.
    If price is an issue, get waxed. There are plenty of skin and nail schools where you can get waxed.
    I've been waxed and i think all thoose who responded to this topic... know beauty hurts..but we like it.
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Dec 31, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    Ive done a few treatments on my back and shoulders. It really did nothing for me. The hair all grew back. I thinks its a waste of time & money. I would never do it again. icon_mad.gif
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    Jan 09, 2009 12:36 AM GMT
    How much does it cost?

    Cheaper than a life time's worth of wax strips?
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    Jan 09, 2009 12:38 AM GMT
    DuggerPDX saidOver the last 6 six years I've had about 10 treatments on my back, and I won't lie, it can hurt, like a million little rubber band snaps. It all depends on the color of your complexion and hair, and how thick it is. The darker it is the more you feel the zap. It wasn't anything I couldn't handle, and I am fair skinned and the hair was lighter, but when I first started it was pretty thick. The last touch up I had I barely felt it. They do use a cold gel and the head of the laser is chilled, I've never had an anesthetic cream because it adds time to the session for it to work.

    I'm pretty pleased with the results. If you are offered a package deal it's usually cheaper than a one at a time plan. Oh, and stay away from the product called Nads, it rips off your hair, roots and all and is very painful. My partner and I got all drunk one night and decided to try it on my shoulder, I literally almost decked him after he ripped it off.



    dude nads is basically wax, what did you expect it to?
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    Jan 09, 2009 12:41 AM GMT
    Seb26 said
    DuggerPDX saidOver the last 6 six years I've had about 10 treatments on my back, and I won't lie, it can hurt, like a million little rubber band snaps. It all depends on the color of your complexion and hair, and how thick it is. The darker it is the more you feel the zap. It wasn't anything I couldn't handle, and I am fair skinned and the hair was lighter, but when I first started it was pretty thick. The last touch up I had I barely felt it. They do use a cold gel and the head of the laser is chilled, I've never had an anesthetic cream because it adds time to the session for it to work.

    I'm pretty pleased with the results. If you are offered a package deal it's usually cheaper than a one at a time plan. Oh, and stay away from the product called Nads, it rips off your hair, roots and all and is very painful. My partner and I got all drunk one night and decided to try it on my shoulder, I literally almost decked him after he ripped it off.



    can i see pictures of your back please? is all the hair gone or 90%?


    you will never be 100% hair free laser is kind of like waxing there is always up keep but over time it is less and less
  • swimbikerun

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    Jan 09, 2009 12:43 AM GMT
    Mikeylikesit saidIve done a few treatments on my back and shoulders. It really did nothing for me. The hair all grew back. I thinks its a waste of time & money. I would never do it again. icon_mad.gif

    Either form of hair removal, via laser or electrolysis takes several treatments over a period of time to be effective. The follicles treated might stop growing hair but sometimes treatment encourages other nearby follicles to start growing.
    Depending on the area it can be painful, women usually have a higher pain threshold!
    You can add a topical to lessen some pain but not much. Just grin and bear it!

    With a good, licensed technician hair removal is permanent, though depending on the size of the area and the number of weekly treatments, it can take several weeks or months.

    chungo44 said

    you will never be 100% hair free laser is kind of like waxing there is always up keep but over time it is less and less
    This is not really accurate. Once the cells within the follicle are terminated, they no longer grow hair. You just have to get rid of all the cells in each follicle, not an easy task.
    Waxing or tweezing simply removes the hair and has no effect on the cells which grow the hair.
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    Jan 09, 2009 12:55 AM GMT


    chungo44 said

    you will never be 100% hair free laser is kind of like waxing there is always up keep but over time it is less and less
    This is not really accurate. Once the cells within the follicle are terminated, they no longer grow hair. You just have to get rid of all the cells in each follicle, not an easy task.
    Waxing or tweezing simply removes the hair and has no effect on the cells which grow the hair.
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    yes and now. as we age we sprout new hair in new places so a follicle that was not active for your entire life will become active and you will continually sprout new hairs here and there. you will never be truly hair free the upkeep is less and less but you will have to keep going back be it every year or every two years. its not 6 treatments and you are done.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jan 09, 2009 1:00 AM GMT
    chungo44 said
    yes and now. as we age we sprout new hair in new places so a follicle that was not active for your entire life will become active and you will continually sprout new hairs here and there. you will never be truly hair free the upkeep is less and less but you will have to keep going back be it every year or every two years. its not 6 treatments and you are done.

    Right, no one could ever treat areas which have not yet grown hair!
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    Jan 12, 2009 1:13 PM GMT
    i read that photo-epilation is better and heathier than laser-epilation