If you've been following along you might know that this, part three of my LASER THERAPY FOR PCOS BEARD posts, is actually about my second session of laser hair removal that took place this morning.
PART ONE, a brief introduction to my plans is HERE
PART TWO, about my first blasting (what I experienced pain wise and immediate effects) is HERE
So, the effects in the weeks after my first laser session...
About a week after my first session, as expected, any dark/wiry hairs (the ones I particularly want rid of) that were visible above the skin were pretty much waiting to be gently pulled from the skin. No tugging required, the hair literally slid out; even teeny tiny short hairs, if grabbed with precise enough tweezers, would come straight out which left me with near enough hair free skin.
THRILLED is an understatement.
Some particularly stubborn hairs around my chin took a bit longer but it was literally a matter of days and no more before they were ready to fall out too.
A slight, and thankfully only temporary, downside was the fact that I did have several ingrown hairs that needed to be almost dug out from my throat area. It was almost like the hair was so damaged by the laser that it no longer had the strength to push its way out; I'm sure given time and extra exfoliation that they would've appeared in their own time but I was feeling particularly impatient and just wanted them gone.
Since my last removal session (with a depilatory cream) about 5 days after being lasered, there has actually been a decent bit of hair growth but absolutely none of the detestable dark and thick hairs have returned as yet. The kind of hair that has grown back is the hair that was growing along side the thick stuff previously anyway but has not yet been affected by the laser due to its lack of pigment. There are a few darker hairs (like literally 3 or 4) but they're very fine and I'm half tempted to think they're down to the fact that those areas were missed.
Both myself and the therapist are pretty much gobsmacked.
She couldn't believe how effective it'd been.
Yes my throat is still fluffy, there are some slightly thicker (but blonde?) hairs on my chin and there are a few stray dark strands here and there but...
I can run my hand over my throat and it feels soft.
I don't feel like I have to apply foundation to my neck so as to cover up black spots.
I haven't had an 'OH SHIT' moment after forgetting to check my neck that morning.
I haven't felt uncomfortable scratching from collars.
I feel so much more confident.
I'm so sorry now that I haven't got a before picture to show you but hopefully I may have painted a good enough picture.
It wasn't good folks, it really wasn't good.
Anyway, here's how it all looks after just one session.
If you look close enough you'll see the light hairs that prevail.
This morning, as I said, I went for round two. It seemed to leave my skin much bumpier and much redder than the first time but whilst I can still feel a bit of heat, the redness has really subsided and the bumps have disappeared altogether.
This could well be the best 40euro I've ever spent and I urge anyone who is thinking of trying laser therapy to give it a go.