The candela Alexandrite Laser for Multiple Areas - Philadelphia

I am half Chinese and half white, unfortunately, I...

I am half Chinese and half white, unfortunately, I got my dads pasty white skin and dark, course hair. My body hair has made me self-conscious and certainly has restricted me in many ways, especially in the summer months. It dictates what I can wear and when, takes much time from my week and even stresses me sometimes. I get in situations where it's hot, but I choose to wear jeans and a t- shirt as opposed to shorts and a tank top because I'm in a hurry and didn't have it to shave. Or times where I might sleepover at my boyfriend's place, but have to make sure that I wake up before him so that I can shave because I literally don't get 24 hours of hairless ness!

Anyway, I decided to get my underarms and upper lip and chin done with a soprano laser. I chose this place because it was in a great area, the people seemed professional, they had unbelievably cheap prices and the soprano laser was supposed to be painless. I found that it wasn't painless and in fact, I needed numbing cream. I paid $500 for the underarms and $600 for the upper lip/ chin... This was ├╝ber cheap and I couldn't resist the price especially when it was 12 treatments per area. All in all, it took me a bit over a year to finish, no burns or damage, and while I did see reduction, it wasn't 100% gone... Maybe a year later, I think from prior to the treatments to that point, there was about 35% reduction.... I wouldn't say that it wasn't totally worth it, but it didn't do what was promised which was be painless and show significant, permanent reduction.

Anyway, fast forward to this year and I had just jumped on the groupon bandwagon... There was an 85% off special so I bought a 6 treatment package for my bikini area (a Brazilian) for $299. It was a great deal and they had the newest alexandrite laser which, although made no claims of comfort or being painless, did promise results. I had one treatment and holy sh*t... I would definitely say the soprano is close to painless compared to this... It was excruciating. But, one thing happened that never happened even after 12 treatments with the soprano, all my hair fell out and I was nearly completely hairless. I can't tell you how amazing it felt to see smoothe skin. The next time around, I had numbing cream ordered. My second treatment involved my Brazilian area, but in addition, I also bought a few other areas since I was so optimistic. Lower legs for $325, areola for $99, face for $299, knuckles for $99, sternum for $99, and underarms for $199. After the second treatment of my bikini area, there were patches that were permanently hairless and I'm so excited for everything to be gone and I hope permanently! As for my other areas, I saw a significant change in my lower legs, underarms, and unibrow (as part of face package). The one treatment that I've had on my underarms are wonderful! Even after the soprano, I had to shave once everyday or every two days and before that, I had to shave in the morning and by the evening, would have a thick 5 o'clock shadow. Gross! Anyway, right after the one treatment of the alexandrite, I shave my arms maybe once every 3-5 days... It's crazy! I actuallt forget to shave there because it's no longer a worry! It takes so long to grow back and even when it does, the hair is so thin and soft now, I don't even mind it fully grown out.

Anyway, I will update after my 3rd treatment for my bikini and 2nd for my other 6 areas (face, underarms, knuckles, sternum, areola, and lower legs). I've seen a huge reduction and I am keeping my fingers crossed that by the 6th treatment, everything will be 100% hairless and forever!!! Or at least for a while... I'm ok with touch ups...

So, at this point, I am halfway through treatment....

So, at this point, I am halfway through treatment. Everything is starting to look smoother, however, I did have a mishap or two. For one thing, the technician accidentally burned some of my brows off, which was very upsetting (not permanent since they weren't shaven first) but also, my legs got overheated and broke out into hives. * attached is how red and blistered my legs got! (I used aloe Vera and even neosporin for the pain)

One week after my latest treatment with the...

One week after my latest treatment with the candela alexandrite laser, I am no longer red and inflamed with blisters. Luckily, it never turned into a bad burn. Aside from that, my legs show about 90% reduction of hair from the starting point. Attached is a picture of my (still) red legs from the reaction and nearly hair free.... The hairs that are left though are still thick and dark.

hi there, I read your post, please tell more about the face did that go? I am indian, and as everybody knows we are hairy lol I want to get my full face done... not the eyebrows though.. I am getting marry next I want to get this done before that...please suggest me something....I am really scared of getting my skin burned=/
I think the first place used IPL instead of laser that's why you didn't get good results. There is a huge difference between both IPL and Laser.
hm... yeah, I think you're right. The first one was probably IPL. I think it was called the Saprano XL. All I know is that months after my treatment for laser hair removal at this place, my mom went in to their office for an IPL Photofacial and I'm pretty sure they used the same laser on her...
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