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Mama Deb
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*ZAP*

I got my face lasered today. Because the world as it is does not accept women with hair anywhere but on her scalp and around her eyes, and most especially not on her face.

And, I've bought into that mindset. Therefore, I spent high school and college shaving, and that was just awful. And then I spent much, much, much money on electrolysis. Which was painful and had only limited success. And I bleached for my wedding. And then I spent most of my married life getting waxed (which we called "getting my face pulled off." As in, "I'll be a touch late today. I need to get my face pulled off.") Which was much less money, and had the advantage of getting it all done at once, so I felt good for a couple of weeks, and not so good after that until it was long enough to go again. It was also a not unpleasant experience.

Today, I had it zapped. I'm going to have at least five more treatments, at an average of $125 a treatment, one treatment a month. But then I will be *done*. \

It's...hmm. She put a very cold gel on my face, and then adjusted the laser so it didn't feel like it was burning me. But it was very hot and bright, even with the eye shields, gauze and my own eyelides. This lasted for about a second each time. Or less. Unlike electrolysis, it was not hair by hair. Unlike waxing, it doesn't show results right away.

I do not like having my eyes covered, but I knew what she was doing all the time, so I got over my minor panic.

I am forbidden to wax now,and I need to put on sunscreen when I leave the house. I don't think my life will improve dramatically, but I will feel better about myself.

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As a fellow "getting my face pulled off", let me congratulate you on your step toward facial hair freedom!

Proud of you staying calm during the procedure. :)

Let me know how it work out for you in the long run. The Armenian in me is getting fed up. I'm getting tired of the weekly sessions.

majimousie

Well, I'm sorry you had to do it. It's one of those luck of the genetic draw things.

But I'm glad it went well. And that it's going to be permanent.

My mom had a lot of her excess hair done, and has been very happy with it for the past couple years.

And it could be worse. I saw a woman on my elevator once with a whole lot of chest hair. And a couple of obvious keloid scars, which indicated to me that there wasn't going to be much she would be able to do about it.

Ooh, this is interesting, because just this weekend, and for the first time 3 weeks ago, I had electrolysis done on my brows (which grow together in the middle) -- and it *was* painful, but not much worse than waxing, which often makes me CRY. I'd been considering this for *years*, this seems to be my year for getting around to things. I'm anxious to see if it stays off, the lady said I was a good candidate for it but what else is she going to say? ;-) I guess the next thing to try would be the laser, so it's great to hear from you that it wasn't so bad.