So I did my research. My brother had also gotten laser hair removal for his back with a very expensive competitor (they have commercials and infomercials everywhere all the time). They charged him $6000 for full back. I decided to make them my last resort if I didn't find another facility with cheaper prices (their Tampa facility also didn't get very good reviews online). So I went online and researched a bunch of places and finally found a cosmetic surgery center that also does laser hair removals. They had amazing reviews so I set-up an appointment.
I met with Dr. Carol (can't remember her last name) and she was just wonderful. She answered all my questions. She informed me what to expect during the procedure and everything I needed to know for post-op. She did a special price for me for $5175 for full legs, buttocks, and full bikini for 9 treatment sessions. So basically $5175 for the lower half of my body (and remember my poor brother paid $6000 for just his back at the competitor's).
5/15/2013 - My first session
I'm not even gonna lie. I'm not even gonna sugarcoat it. IT HURT. A LOT. She said that it would hurt on areas where I had the darkest and most coarse hair growing. So on areas like around my knees where I have very fine hair, it felt like she was pressing an ice cube on my skin for a brief second or like a rush of air on it. But when she got to my upper, inner thighs and on my bikini area where I have a lot of the dark, coarse hair, sometimes I felt like she was pressing a burning coal on my skin. In my head, I kept telling myself that it would be worth it. That it BETTER be worth it. And Dr. Carol was great. She went very slow and consistently asked me if I needed a break (which I requested a lot). The procedure took about 2 hours to complete (for full legs, full bikini, and buttocks). After the treatment, the areas I got done were a little sensitive and felt like I just spent a little too much time under the sun and got slight sunburned. I was a little red afterwards but that went away after 24 hours. I used lots of moisturizers to help my skin from drying out or ashing out.
The results: I have to say I am super happy with the results so far. The hair fell out for the next four weeks after the treatment and I didn't see any new hair growth for about 5 weeks. The hair that started growing back was very noticeably thinner and finer which I was ecstatic about! It was so nice to have to shave once or twice every few weeks as opposed to every few days and not have that aggressively coarse and prickly stubble.
So...my verdict on laser hair removal right now is so far so good.
I am due for another treatment in a few days so I will update then and I will try to upload pictures.