my patronus is a basilisk (jeliza) wrote in seattle,
my patronus is a basilisk

hair removal?

Any recommendations for good permanent hair removal (i.e. laser, electrolysis, etc.) in Seattle and points north? 
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I've started seeing Joan at Expert Electrolysis, in N Ballard; I really like her so far. Before her I went to Lotus Electrolysis, near Greenlake, for a year and a half; Chandra is a nice lady, but I don't think her technique is the best.
While I don't have a recommendation for the Seattle area, I am a huge fan of laser hair removal. I had mine done in So Cal, and over 90% of it is gone and has not come back. Much more effective for me than electrolysis.
It seems there is so much variation depending on the person receiving the treatment. I had some laser hair removal, and some electrolysis, and all of the hair for both types came back (facial area) - and I had laser only performed on my legs and probably about 25% came back. Perhaps technology has changed a lot since I had it done (over 10 years ago) but my experience has not been that it's permanent at all.
Oh wow, I had mine done in So. Cal over 10 years ago, and the laser has been quite permanent. Of course, I was considered the "ideal" candidate - dark hair, extremely light complexion. Before that, I had tried electrolysis, and I didn't have much luck with that. Laser hurt, but I am still happy with the results. I wish I could remember what kind of laser they did.

This may sound odd, but the best source of permanent hair removal info for me has been the transgender community. When I intruded on their forums and asked a ton of questions, they were polite and extremely understanding, as well as holding a wealth of information at their fingertips on what worked and didn't for them, and why they thought it did or didn't work. That's how I got the laser clinic name for mine.
I'm supposedly "ideal" as well, very light complected with dark coarse hair. I think my body just has the most stubborn hair ever. Waxing only works for a week at most (I know that hair grows in cycles but if I wax every week, every single week, I've got more growth, so eventually you'd think that I'd have caught every cycle... but nope).

Lucky me =P
I tried several different places in Seattle from Groupons--one got rid of basically zero hair. One got about 60%. And the other place got it all. Though it was all "laser hair removal" they were all using different types. So I kept going back to the place that worked, even though it's in Tacoma.
Have been doing IPL at Bellevue Laser and Cosmetic for medical reasons (recurrent skin infections blah blah). Started in March, have done 3 sessions, 3 more to go. So far so good - bilat lower legs and face 6 treatments $2880. WAY cheaper than the ideal image people and there is an actual doctor in the building should you need it.

I have a tough time with the pain but after last time they got me set up with a valium script to take the edge off. :-p

Big help so far - eventually I'll want to do more for just cosmetics/laziness and I'd definitely go back to them. Doesn't hurt that Dr. Chiu was the first doc to actually diagnose and treat me correctly.