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Community Conversation => Transitioning => Hair removal => Topic started by: Daylight on August 05, 2020, 05:06:03 pm

Title: Laser Questions
Post by: Daylight on August 05, 2020, 05:06:03 pm
I have a couple of questions about laser hair removal:


My guess is that the machines are so similar that it doesn't really matter, and that I won't be able to find an insurance plan that will cover it without me being full time for a year or more. But I would love to hear from someone that actually knows.

Love and peace!
Title: Re: Laser Questions
Post by: AllieSF on August 05, 2020, 08:32:49 pm
I can't speask for laser coverage, but if you have Kaiser Permanente HMO insurance, they do cover some hair removal, especially pre-bottom surgery, i.e. in the genital area.  You need to call Kaiser and tell them where you live in California because there is a difference in some coverage's around the State.  As for other States, some cover the bottom clearing, again depending on the State and who you have for insurance.  Good luck and I hope this helps some.
Title: Re: Laser Questions
Post by: Daylight on August 05, 2020, 11:04:27 pm
Thanks, Allie! I will be on the lookout for that. Every little bit helps.
Title: Re: Laser Questions
Post by: FloralAlyssa on August 08, 2020, 07:55:05 pm
The place I'm using uses something called the GentleMax Pro, and I'm pretty happy with it.  6 sessions in, and my cheeks are basically clear and my upper lip/chin can go a full day without much stubble (but still shadow). 
Title: Re: Laser Questions
Post by: Daylight on August 09, 2020, 10:45:47 am
Thanks for sharing your experience, Alyssa! It helps to know other people are having success with it.

I've looked these up and the GentleMax Pro is a more versatile version of the GentleLase Pro that one of the places near me uses. The Max version can use either a 755 nm or 1064 nm treatment, whereas the Lase can only use the 755 nm. Based on my skin and hair types, I think I'd use the 755 nm anyway.

I have a follow-up question for you. They advertise these as having a 'Dynamic Cooling Device' that reduces the pain. I'm guessing you don't have anything to compare it to, but do you have any thoughts on the pain level and if this cooling seems to do anything to help?
Title: Re: Laser Questions
Post by: MikaelaA on August 09, 2020, 12:10:03 pm
Thanks for sharing your experience, Alyssa! It helps to know other people are having success with it.

I've looked these up and the GentleMax Pro is a more versatile version of the GentleLase Pro that one of the places near me uses. The Max version can use either a 755 nm or 1064 nm treatment, whereas the Lase can only use the 755 nm. Based on my skin and hair types, I think I'd use the 755 nm anyway.

I have a follow-up question for you. They advertise these as having a 'Dynamic Cooling Device' that reduces the pain. I'm guessing you don't have anything to compare it to, but do you have any thoughts on the pain level and if this cooling seems to do anything to help?

The place I'm having my facial hair removal done at uses the Candela GentleLase Laser.
 (755nm)  I'm not sure if they use the 'Dynamic Cooling Device' but if they do it doesn't work.  Even though my face felt like it was on fire, the results are amazing.  I ended up with a perpetual 5 o'clock shadow for about 2 weeks while all the hair follicles were ejecting the hairs but it has reduced my facial hair growth by about 70% after one treatment not to mention smoothing out my skin.  My next session I will be opting for the numbing cream.
 
Title: Re: Laser Questions
Post by: FloralAlyssa on August 09, 2020, 01:10:19 pm
The upper lip is PAIN.  I involuntarily flinch every time they do it.  The rest of it hurts for a split second, but it mostly passes for me, and at this point the cheeks/side of jaw are so thinned out it's not too bad.  The first couple of sessions were rough, but it was worth it. 
Title: Re: Laser Questions
Post by: Daylight on August 09, 2020, 02:07:54 pm
Thanks, Michelle and Alyssa! I wish it wasn't going to be painful, but I appreciate being able to go in with realistic expectations.
Title: Re: Laser Questions
Post by: FloralAlyssa on August 09, 2020, 02:46:31 pm
I will say that it's never hurt after putting some aloe on it.  It's warm to the touch and red for an hour or two, but the pain is very short-lived, at least for me