Very Painful and Did Not Work

I got laser hair removal (Brazilian Bikini...

I got laser hair removal (Brazilian Bikini treatment) with the Cutera CoolGlide laser. At the time (2011 - 2012), I was told it was the newest and best laser available and was less painful than the previous lasers. I was also told that I would see permanent results in 5 sessions (for about $1200). Well, I had 13 sessions (spent around $3000) and I still have to shave every day. I also had 3 sessions on my underarms. Again, no reduction there.

The technician kept saying "I see a lot of dead follicles! You should only need a couple of more sessions!" I will say there were results in my mons pubis area, it's thinner there, but everywhere else is the same and there are no patches where there is no hair. My underarms had zero reduction.

Now, I realize that the vaginal/anus area is a very sensitive area, and I did not expect it to be painless by any means. I was told at my consultation that they would use a device to blow very cold air on my skin and I would feel hardly anything. When I went to get it actually done, they said "we don't use the cooling system on that area." Um… okay. At first, the pain was manageable. But then when I started to not be showing good results, they kept turning up the laser strength higher and higher and doing more pulses until it was maxed out. It was EXCRUCIATING by that point. I gave up because I couldn't take the pain.

Why did I go for so many treatments if I wasn't showing good results? I was told that hair grows in cycles, some grows fast, some grows slow, but all of your hair is not in the active growing phase at the same time (this is true). The CoolGlide laser can only kill hair follicles when they are in the active growing stage. I was told the stages are six weeks apart, which is why I went for treatment every six weeks. They kept telling me that I must have a different growing cycle than most, so I had to keep going to catch it all in the growing phase. Since I did see some thinness in the mons area, I went along with that.

My labia are still all bush and my butt crack still grows hair. Just the mons is thinner. Like I said, I have to shave every day.

I know it works for some people. Maybe this type of laser was not good for me (I am fair-skinned, the hair is dark brown and I would say normal, not especially coarse or fine). I think it was a colossal waste of money and a lot of unnecessary pain.

I agree with one of the doctors on here. Don't go to a place that makes you buy packages of laser treatments, even though they may tell you that you get a big discount for doing it. That's another part of why I had so many done. I had to buy 3 or 5 at a time. I ended up finding a place that let me pay for one at a time (they also had the Cutera CoolGlide laser), but I was out of patience by that point and they only did three for me. That place was very perplexed at my situation as well, as they said the most they've done on a person was 8 and then they just came back for maintenance here and there.

So, it really just might be me. Take this review as a warning that laser hair removal does not work for everyone.
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