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OT: Permanent Hair Removal

I've been cursed with having some facial hair on my chin and upper lip, and I'm looking for a permanent solution. I've tried electrolysis and laser before, none of which worked. So I'm just tweezing now. Maybe I didn't do the full course of treatment for the laser (i did 3 times)? I'm light skinned w/ dark hair. I'm considering starting treatment again (either electrolysis or laser) but I need something that definately will work. Has anyone had success with permanent hair removal?? Has laser worked for you? Please share your experience. Now that I lost the weight this is a huge confidence thing I need to get fixed to completely be happy and beautiful.

Thu. May 17, 2:48pm

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I also tried electrolysis, but didn't go regularly enough. I'm now tweezing. I know what you mean about needing something permanent. This is such a frustrating problem -- just wanted you to know that you're not alone! If you find something that works, let us all know!

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 3:59 PM

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I would recommend that you give electrolysis another try. The key is to go regularly and keep going until the problem is gone. Also make sure that your electrologist is certified, you may have to try a few to find one that you like. I suffered for years with this problem too. I started in February of '06 and for the first 6 months or so I went once a week for an hour. Now I go about once every 3 or 4 weeks, only for a half hour. I'm almost completely finished and it's given me confidence I never knew I had. Best time and money I have ever spent!

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 4:42 PM

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Laser Hair Removal?

Anyone have experience with laser and can share if it really works?

Friday, May 18, 2007, 8:49 AM

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What about if you can't afford to go to electrolysis or get laser treatments? I don't make alot of money, but I have horrible facial hair (it's actually all over my neck). I shave every day to keep it at bay, but it is a very sore point and embarrassing for me.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 9:59 AM

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Yes - you are not alone at all!

I've had really horrible facial hair (esp on chin, jawline and all the way down to the neck) since I was 15 or so. I had electrolysis (probably a good 40 sessions of 15-30 mins each) until I was 21, and it had no lasting effect that I can tell. Then I spent $1000 dollars on 5 laser sessions. To do that, they tell you to shave and not pluck in between. Well, initially some of the hair fell out, - it falls out within a day or two of the laser session - but the effect was not permanent at all.

To test the laser thing, I also had it done on my armpits (where the hair is darker and coarser and my skin is lighter - so it should be ideal - the hair on my face is not completely dark nor as coarse). I only did this a couple of times, but that too grew back as normal. So I think the "permanence" of the solution is either a myth or only true for some people.

For the last 2 years I basically shave my neck and jawline and chin every other day. Occasionally, when I really don't care, I leave it for a few days (which means that everyone I know must know what a problem I have, since they will have seen me this way on those days). After that, if I have the patience, I will sit and tweeze. I've probably tweezed over 100 hairs in a sitting, and that still leaves a lot on the neck area which is most painful. It also inevitably leads to spots as the hairs push to grow back.

I try not to think about it too much any more. That's the main reason I shave, so I cannot feel it if I touch my face, and so that I am not reminded of it all the time. But let's just say, I'm not hopeful of ever solving this problem (and therefore not hopeful of being loved by anyone, getting married etc.). I guess it's just the way things are - there are worst things in the world.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 1:35 PM

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