So I am back with another update on how things are going with my laser treatment. It's amazing how quickly the time in between sessions passes. Before I know it, I will have completed my course and potentially be looking at zapping another area on my body (becoming addicted!). Anyway here goes my update on session 2 . . .
Preparation prior to session 2
As with my first session, I ensured I exfoliated every few days, so I didn't encounter any ingrowing hairs, which thankfully I did not get (YAY). For the record, I don't use an expensive exfoliating scrub, just one that has a reasonable amount of 'grit' so it works well on the area. When I get out of the shower, I ensure I apply aloe vera so it soothes and treats the area (feel odd, but it is so cooling especially after the laser treatment itself). Anyway the morning of the treatment, I hopped into the shower and gave myself a DIY, getting rid of the hair that had grown back, which if I am honest there wasn't a great deal to shave off. I did as much as I could, and left the rest for the practitioner to do as I cannot see at the back!
At the clinic / preparation before session
My appointment this time was on a Saturday so I had a different practitioner who would be carrying out the procedure. This was not an issue as I had met with this lady during my consultation and I was confident / happy there would be no issues. Before the treatment commenced I was asked if anything had changed (i.e. medical, been on holiday and etc), and I had to sign and confirm this. I was then given disposable underwear to put on, and once ready to hop on the couch and put on the snazzy sexy laser protective glasses. The 'bits' I was unable to reach / shave was tidied up. The machine was then 'fired' up, ready to go, conductive gel was applied, and away we go, session 2 was about to commence.
During the treatment
Knowing what settings to use on my skin / hair type and motion (figure of 8) had already been established during my first session, so this is what I expected during my 2nd session. However upon commencing the treatment, something felt a bit 'odd'; the laser felt a bit warmer than normal, but I put this down to perhaps because it was a warm day, I was a bit warmer and noticed the laser a bit more than previously. I did at times mention this to the practitioner but I was reassured the settings were the same as session 1 and nothing was different. At times it become too much, to the point where I was so tense and sweating, but I carried on as I confident the settings were ok and I was reassured it was ok. Conductive gel was applied to each section of the bikini area being treated, which did help a bit to soothe the area, but it was still a bit ''too much''.
How did it feel?
As discussed above, this time the session felt a bit 'warmer', to the point where at times it was uncomfortable, but I continued with it.
The session lasted approximately 40 minutes, which is about the same time as session 1. As always I was given aloe vera gel to apply to the area, to help soothe and cool the area which actually felt really nice. This time however I noticed my skin was a bit red / sore looking but I wasn't phased by this as I figured it would go away in a day or two.
Post treatment - weeks 1 - 4
Upon leaving the clinic and driving home (which is an hour away), I noticed the area started to feel a bit sore, like burning, immediately I thought something isn't right. So the minute I got home, I whipped off my underwear to check the area, and it was the same as I left the clinic, red. So I applied more aloe vera gel to the area and basically walked around my house in loose fitting clothing, allowing the area to breathe. A few days later the area became really sore, and I noticed on one area the skin looked really dark. I wasn't quite sure what it was, so I immediately called the clinic and spoke to Tara, the Director. She was incredibly disappointed to hear what had happened, and asked me to explain to her exactly it looked like and etc. I wasn't at all cross / upset, it's just one of those things. My main concern was just trying to heal the area as quickly as possible. I avoided exfoliating the area for a while as I didn't want to aggravate the skin, but I continued applying aloe vera morning and night, and I believe that was the 'saviour' in healing the area in time for session 3 (blog post coming soon on treatment 3).
Overall: Although I've only had 2 sessions and I had a 'ho-ha' from the 2nd session, the hair regrowth has become so sparse, and the hairs are incredibly thin. I'm just so much more happier already and I am nowhere near finishing treatment. I am still surprised that I've had no ingrowing hairs, but I put that down to religiously exfoliating and the hairs no longer coming back curly (TMI)!
I have had my 3rd session, currently 2/3 weeks post treatment, so I will update in a few weeks time.