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Laser Hair Removal

Hi, I have PCOS and unfortunately grow hair on my face and neck.  For many years I have shaved, my daughter is now 5 and tries to get into the bathroom and so forth.  I do not want to explain to her why mommy is in there.  I had my first Laser Hair Removal Treatment on the 27th of June, next appointment is August 2nd and this time they will use numbing cream!!! I'm worried that this will be ongoing for the rest of my life because of the PCOS.  My question is has anyone gone through these treatments and if so what was your success do you still do touch ups?  Thanks everyone
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I have PCOS and just like you, I shaved for about 3 years. I hated the fact that is seem like every other day I was having to shave. I have now done Laser Hair removal treatment for a good 4 years..and I love it! It really depends on your hair type aswell. I have very fine hairs, so follow up treatment was about every mybe 2-3 months.  I am now on Metformin, and it helps because I haven't gone to laser treatment for about 4 months. If you have the money, it would be so much better then shaving. Needless to say what shaving does to your face. It is awful! So yes I believe that laser hair treatment is good to use as a method to loose that unwanted hair that you have. Good luck!
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I have PCOS and just like you, I shaved for about 3 years. I hated the fact that is seem like every other day I was having to shave. I have now done Laser Hair removal treatment for a good 4 years..and I love it! It really depends on your hair type aswell. I have very fine hairs, so follow up treatment was about every mybe 2-3 months.  I am now on Metformin, and it helps because I haven't gone to laser treatment for about 4 months. If you have the money, it would be so much better then shaving. Needless to say what shaving does to your face. It is awful! So yes I believe that laser hair treatment is good to use as a method to loose that unwanted hair that you have. Good luck!
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Thanks so much for your response! I was dreading putting the money towards it because I have two girls and we could do a lot with that kind of money....guilty mom lol.  I'm very hopeful, I've only had one treatment and my hair growth has already slowed some!!! I have to shave 1 to 2 times daily and now I am down to only once a day everyday.  Also when I wake up in the morning the growth isn't near as much, it is almost not noticeable which is very important because it would be a lot easier in the morning to not have to do that when I have to take my oldest to school and sign her in.  The hair is very course and brown.  Thanks again!!!!
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Well I am so happy that it is working for you! If you don't mind me suggesting you something...instead of shaving (if you have time)...pluck them. It may hurt a little but I seem to find it so much better! I get my treatments but when I see hair coming in..just pluck them and you should be fine for a couple of days longer then shaving. As you know with shaving you are just cutting the top...and when you pluck you are getting the root. I am so happy you are happy with your results. Yeah I understand the guilty part but to be honest with you..I feel like that I do this because it makes me feel good to look in the mirror and not see it! Save a little here and a little there...but you deserve it!
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If you're getting laser done, do NOT pluck the hairs, shave only. The laser needs to get to the root of the hair in order to burn it dead (so to speak) and if you pluck, it will just prolong the laser treatments (they should explain this all to you when you go for your first appointment). It's annoying to have to keep shaving, but as your appointments progress the hair is more fine and eventually is gone.

I got my chin and lip done about 4 years ago, and the results were great, however, i do get the occasional hair every now and then, especially if my hormones are fluctuating. But my sister got laser done on her underarms and she occasionally gets re-growth, and she doesnt have PCOS so i think some re-growth is expected. Most places offer "touch-up" services at a discount once you've completed all your sessions.

and i understand the guilt - but trust me, it's worht it for the freedom from the razor!
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Well I was doc by my Plastic surgeron that it is OK to pluck rather then shave. Because the scaring that shaving does to your face. If it is alot then no don't pluck but I don't shave at all because of the wholes that they leave on your face,chin or neck.
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TRY STRING METHOD! GO TO THE MALL FOR 10.00 AND HAVE THEM PLUCK YOUR LIP AND CHIN IT LAST, IT CHEAP, AND LEAVE YOUR SKIN SMOOTH! IT WORKS I LET THEM DO MY EYEBROWS TOO. NO CHEMICALS AND MINOR PAIN IF ANY!
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I wax my upperli and side burns once every two weeks its cheap and it seems like the hairs getting finer i had super course black hair...and i pluck stray hairs on my neck.
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