I began to grow facial hair on my neck and chin in my early 20s that eventually grew worse by my 30s (I was tested and told there were no underlying health issues - it was likely genetic). I have very pale skin and it was thick, dark brown hair that I had to shave on a daily basis. I literally had a 5 o’clock shadow at the end of every day at work – not a pretty sight. When a local med spa was offering an amazing special on laser hair removal, I took a chance that it might be the answer I was looking for. The practitioner (a licensed physician) used a Sciton BBL machine and I received 6 treatments approximately every 6-8 weeks. A clear gel was spread on the treatment areas and each zap of light felt like a rubber band snapping on my skin. While not the most pleasant sensation, it was not unbearable. There was also a slight stench of burning hair. I had what looked and felt like a very minor sunburn after each session, which usually lasted only a day or two. I began noticing a difference in hair regrowth after the 2nd session and it improved each time (patience is a virtue). I was advised prior to the treatments that it is nearly impossible to remove EVERY hair and that a few rogue hairs might remain or develop over time following the treatment. It has been over a year since my final treatment and I am pleased to say that I no longer have a 5 o’clock shadow. Only a few rogue hairs remain and are easily removable with tweezers. This was money well-spent and I wish I could afford to do other body parts!