Zap, Crackle and Pop

On Saturday I had another session of laser hair removal, and since this was session 5 of 6, I wanted to see some real progress. That’s not to say that there hasn’t been huge progress already; far from it. My legs and arms are pretty much hairless apart from the odd little clump of hairs, or lone stray hairs, or soft downy hairs. On my chest and tummy there are more clumps. Nothing that is too much of a problem, but when you’ve made as much progress as I have then what is left becomes more noticeable and annoying. It’s the Law of Diminishing Returns, of course.

The one area where I really wanted to hit things hard was the face as it’s proving particularly stubborn. Last session I decided I could have taken more to the face and we were treading too softly. No pain, no gain as the saying goes. So this session I asked for the same 15mm spot size as we’d used on the body, and the same intensity.

“This is going to hurt”, said the therapist.

Well, no kidding. It was extremely painful. Imagine, if you will, being stabbed in the face with a heated needle. Now, imagine multiple needles in a 15mm disc and you have some idea of what it felt like. We had to take frequent breaks and I had to tell her several times not to turn the intensity down because it was clear it was *really* hurting me.

After we had finished, it felt like I had been slapped in the face several times and my face felt stingy, sore, and the skin felt taut. It was far worse and more intense than previous sessions, but that’s because we’d previously gone for a smaller spot size and a lower intensity.

Writing this on the following Monday evening, I still have some discomfort in the face and still have some red blotchiness, so it’s clear that I really got zapped far harder on Saturday than in previous sessions. Hopefully that will show some good results though.

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