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Hair Removal Cream - www.stopgrow.com/ct/99781 This product has really helped in my fight against hair!

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3/8/10 5:39 P

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Just to update everyone who replied (thanks so much!)

I started with laser hair removal around July last year or so. I checked into both and had consultations for both. Cost for what I needed done would have been approximately $4000-5000 for electolysis, and $1800 or so for laser.

Electrolysis would take hours and hours to get it all while the laser would take about 10 minutes for each session. (for the 1800, laser gave me 6 sessions over 36 weeks and will do more sessions if needed up to 2 years.)

I decided to go with laser for the simple fact of it can be permanent depending on the "age" of the hair follicle...anyway, I could spend the same amount of money for laser and get it covered for 6 years (by then, it's gotta kill those hairs eventually!) for the same price as electrolysis. Also it wouldn't take hours and hours to do...

So, I guess it depends how much hair you have and where to see what works for you...

Like I said I started this in July or so of 2009, I've had 5 or 6 sessions done so far and it's remarkable the difference! It lessened each time more and more, but last month or two, I've seen hardly anything...like maybe 1 or 2 stray hairs only occasionally.

It's unbelievable how much I can appreciate being able to go out in public and not being paranoid of if you can see stubble or shadow...I'm thrilled beyond words!

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3/8/10 12:04 P

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ELECTROLYSIS CHANGED MY LIFE!

My hair got so bad I was embarrassed to leave the house. I had been bleaching for years until the hairs became so coarse that the amount of bleach it took started to burn my skin! I looked into laser hair removal and was just about to start (already signed a contract and paid) when I learned that laser was not permanent and usually only a temporary fix in women with hormonal problems, like PCOS. I had to get an endocrinologist to write a letter stating I had PCOS and that laser would not work in order to get my money back, and break out of my contract, but I'm so glad I did! It was a 3 session contract for $1200! And I would've probably needed many more than just those three sessions.

I learned that electrolysis was the best solution for hair growth caused by pcos. I started going once a week for 30 minutes a week. Each 30 minute session cost me about $30-$35. After 3 months I was able to cut back to twice a month, then a couple months later only needed treatments once a month and they were short 15 to 20 minutes sessions.

After about 9 months I was completely hair free, and now only go once a year for a few stragglers, which is normal even in women who don't have pcos.

Keep in mind that a plucked hair that is not properly caught in treatment takes 6 weeks to grow back out (and not every hit is a hit, some are misses, at each treatment). Find a WELL QUALIFIED (certified and experienced) electrolysist who's clients have seen results.

A hair that is properly removed by electrolysis will never grow back. If you see regrowth, it was either not "zapped" properly the first time, or it's a completely new hair. Hence, once you go through electrolysis and are hair free for months or even years, and do not continue to treat your condition with diet and exercise and medication, you will grow new hair. That doesn't mean the electrolysis did not work, it just means you are developing symptoms as a result of not treating your condition.

Major "normal" hormonal changes like pregnancy and menopause can also trigger new hair growth. That's just life.

One last thing. Yes, it is a little sensitive and not the most comfortable thing to experience but it should not be painful! Find an electrolysist who knows how to control strength levels properly. The first lady I went to was torture. I had to buy this expensive cream to numb my face (barely did) before going to see her and it still hurt. She had gone on vacation and I was still early in my process, only my second month (my 4th session) and didn't want to go 2 1/2 weeks without a treatment, so I found someone else while searching online. She was great! She talked to me about all the stuff I mentioned above in this post and encouraged me to drink plenty of water to ensure a smooth treatment (keeping the skin well hydrated helps a lot!). She told me over the phone that I would not need an special creams, and I didn't believe her. She started me on a very low frequency and I could barely feel it. I thought maybe she wasn't doing it right but she explained that she just adjusts the strength to the client's needs. Less power means going slower and longer sessions, or you can get it over with faster and have it be more painful. I opted for slow and painless. The first lady I went to never offered the option. Needless to say, I stuck with my new girl and over that year we became good friends.

One of the best decisions I ever made. It was so worth it!!! In total I spent less than $1000 and became facial hair free in less than a year. I would've paid 10 times more than that if I had known it really worked. I love my face! The same face I used to hate and would cry about every time I looked in the mirror or touched my face. Ew! So glad those days are over. Do it! You won't regret it.


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I agree!!! I tried American Laser center for 1 year ($1200) and it was okay. One day I had a seizure during one of my treatments and they gave me all of my money back! Strange. Anyway, I have not tried Ideal Image, but I have heard great things about them. There is one near my home.

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Save your money for laser treatments. Steal it if you have to. You will thank me later. It is the best money I have ever spent bar none. Most places will sell you an all inclusive package for a set price. For example I bought a series of 9 treatments from a place called ideal image for $1275. That price includes my upper lip, chin, upper jaw and two odd spots on my cheeks. So far I have had about 5 treatments and am seeing about a 50 to 75% reduction in hair.

Don't go in there with unrealistic expectations though. As someone with PCOS you can't expect to get 1 series of treatments and never grow hair again. You can expect a very significant drop in the amount of you have though. Think of it a long term management. After this series of treatments I will likely need a few more plus I want other areas done too so I will buy more.

It is not uncommon for these place to advertise 30 to 50% off sales also. Memorial day and christmas time tend to be the most popular. I hear them on my radio more often than not.

BTW if you are a sun worshipper you need to stop now. Tanning of any sort will interfere with the laser and ruin your results. The laser depends on the color contrast between your skin and hair.

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I did about 40 treatments with electrolysis in the last 14 years and about 18-20 laser treatments in the last 8 years.

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Actually, that's interesting...everything I've heard so far is that the laser doesn't work as well and is less permanent than the electrolysis.. How many treatments did you do for both?

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I tried it years ago and it was very painful and did not work well enough. I finally gathered up enough money and then went for Laser treatments. I got rid of 85% of my facial hair, but there is still a little that pops out in my chin, cheeks, & neck. I will probably go back after my baby is born. It is pricey, but if you can afford it, it is worth it.

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Anyone dealing with ridiculous facial and neck hair?? Has anyone tried electrolysis? I've been checking into it, but it's so expensive...any thoughts?

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