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laser treatment for facial hair - one for the ladies!

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by lookingfornemo, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. I've struggled on and off with facial hair over the last 20 years. I have mild symptoms of PCOS and the likelihood is that the facial hair is hormone related. t is really bad on my chin and can occur also on my neck. I was on dianette for about 2 years but due to weight issues, the dr told me last summer that I should probably take a break from it. She also said that as the problem was a lot better ( I only needed to hiar remove every 5 days, rather than every day) that it was time to stop taking them.
    For the last year I have coped in a variety of ways, but I have had enough of temporary hair removal! I had 6 laser treatments maybe 10 years ago but they didnt' really work.
    Has anyone had any laser treatment more recently and have successful or unsuccessful stories to share? How would I go about finding a reputable company? I've googled it for my local-ish area and there are loads to choose from!
     
  2. I've struggled on and off with facial hair over the last 20 years. I have mild symptoms of PCOS and the likelihood is that the facial hair is hormone related. t is really bad on my chin and can occur also on my neck. I was on dianette for about 2 years but due to weight issues, the dr told me last summer that I should probably take a break from it. She also said that as the problem was a lot better ( I only needed to hiar remove every 5 days, rather than every day) that it was time to stop taking them.
    For the last year I have coped in a variety of ways, but I have had enough of temporary hair removal! I had 6 laser treatments maybe 10 years ago but they didnt' really work.
    Has anyone had any laser treatment more recently and have successful or unsuccessful stories to share? How would I go about finding a reputable company? I've googled it for my local-ish area and there are loads to choose from!
     
  3. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Sadly, with PCOS, the hormones mean that fine hair is constantly transforming to the dark thick kind, so any treatment will only have a temporary effect.
     
  4. copycat

    copycat New commenter

    I had a number of treatments about 4 years ago and found it expensive, uncomfortable and it didn't work for me.
    I went to a local beauty salon so maybe somewhere who specialises in laser treatments would have been better. I don't think it helped that they shaved the area first as that makes the hair grow back coarser.
    I have also had loads of electrolysis in the past and that didn't help much either so now I use a combination of creams and wax at home.
    I really sympathise with you . Maybe others have had a more positive experience.
     
  5. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    I've had laser treatment - quite effective. GroupOn occasionally do deals on IPL for £100 for 6 sessions. Maybe things have got better 10 years later.
     
  6. I have had IPL treatment at a salon in the past but as the hair growth was due to PCOS it always came back. Last year I bought a laser hair removal system from Boots, I found that when I used it weekly the hair growth on my chin more or less stopped eventually (I used to remove hair at least once a day). However the moment I stopped the hair growth returned again. If you read the exclusions in the paperwork you will find that it is not recommeneded for people with PCOS but when you talk to someone on the helpline it is because it will not remove the hair for good.
    I think if you are happy to treat yourself once a week except when you're tanning then it manages the problem quite well. I paid about £270 which is reasonable when compared with a salon.
     
  7. Thank you all for your thoughts and comments. Nicebiscuits - could you tell me what the name of the machine you bought? Did I read your post correctly? You used it once a week and over time the hair on your chin has more or less disappeared, but you still have to use it once a week to get it to stay away? I could certainly do with some of that! It would make life a lot more bearable. £270 isn't at all expensive in comparison to what you pay at a salon!
     
  8. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    I've actually got one that I plan to sell on Ebay soon. It's the Boots one. PM me if interested.
     
  9. It's the Boots Smooth Skin one but it seems to cost a lot more than I paid. Must have been on special offer at the time. I used it once a week for 10 weeks and the hair disappeared, it seemed slower to go than after treatment at the salon but i guess it's not as strong. After stopping treatment it started to grow back just as it was before. When I use it weekly there is no hair but this is not permanent. If you are just treating your chin then it is pretty quick to do.
     

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