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I have used this for a year, and I have much less hair now
on 1 February 2014
I have used this once a month as recommended since February 2013, (although I forgot in November). I still have some hair left, and I am carrying on treating them, but a lot of hair has stopped regrowing. I tend to shave a day or so before treatment, wait for a bit of stubble and treat the stubble areas, so I don't waste time treating areas with no hair follicles. If the stubble is too long, it can hurt, as it burns off, and the energy from the laser is dissipated and the treatment doesn't work as well. Using it more often than recommended is wasting your time.
The treatment sessions are quite time-consuming. I do one calf or two armpits in a session, in front of the telly (not during a favorite program) and listen to the beeps, so I know when to move on to the next patch. The hair doesn't visibly fall out, it seems to carry on growing, but when I come to shave before the next session, there is definitely less of it. I guess it gradually drops out.
From research (wikipedia was really helpful), electrolysis is the most permanent hair removal system, but treatment takes a long time. Laser seems to come next with regard to permanency, treatment sessions take longer than IPL, and it takes longer to see an effect, but you will probably have less need for on-going treatment compared with IPL. IPL treatments need to be carried out more frequently. Laser and IPL are described as resulting in permanent hair reduction, which isn't quite the same as permanently hair free. There is guidance available as to the skin and hair colour requirements for these two systems from the manufacturers of different units. So you pays your money and makes your choice. (And hope the system you chose works for you.)
The different areas of my body have reacted in different ways - my outer calves became hair-free after around 3 months,I am still treating my inner calves and underarms.The hair I have left is so much finer and sparser that I wouldn't be embarrassed if I went out in a sleeveless t shirt, having forgotten to shave. There's around 10 hairs under each arm. I had hoped I would be hair free after 6 months, but that's life, and that's how my body has reacted to it. I am really pleased with my results and glad I impulse bought this system, wish I'd done it years ago. For me the time and money invested have been very worth while, (and it has taken a lot of time :-) )