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Something Happened to Me.

Monday, July 25, 2011

I believe I've mentioned previously that I suffer from PCOS. The symptoms of this awful condition include, among other things, hair growth in places a woman shouldn't have hair. I've suffered with this for over 10 years now, and it has impacted my life so horribly - I don't want to hug people, for fear they will feel my "5 o'clock shadow". I won't go out in the sunlight, for fear people will notice my face is dark around the chin area. I won't get up and just go to the gym, because I don't want sweat glistening off my un-shaven face and let a man see it. I shave 1 - 2 times a day. I was told never to pluck, as that makes it worse. I can't see how much worse it can get. This problem in and of itself is my #1 inhibitor from going out exercising, doing anything active. When I was first diagnosed, I was told there was nothing that could be done about the hair. The thought of never kissing a boy again (what man wants to kiss a woman with more face hair than him???) and becoming one of those crazy cat ladies - the depression kicked into overtime. So I've been this way for years, with ups and downs and the knowing that no matter what I do about my weight, I'll always have this unwanted hair on my face.

But then, something happened to me. My mother, who never knew how bad this had gotten for me, got very upset when I said "I feel like the sideshow freak in the circus" and she looked into laser hair removal. For my 35th birthday, she got me the treatments. I started them this past Saturday.

The procedure is relatively painless in the areas with the least amount of hair - areas that have course, dark growth though were a bit painful, but not so bad that I feel I'd require numbing cream. Staying out of the sun is essential for this to work, so I'm as pasty as they come these days. *smile* The downside is the treatments are expensive, but not nearly as expensive as electrolysis. So keep that in mind if you decide to look into this option.

I should notice results in 5-20 days as the growth cycle of the hair and the skin exfoliation process push the dead hairs that got lasered out over time. The reason I'm coming out about this is because I know now that I'm not alone and there are others of you out there who are suffering, and dying a slow death because you are embarrased and ashamed of it. Wonderful, amazing people with a lot in this world to give who are in hiding. I want people to know that there is hope. Please hope and pray for me. I want this to work.
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    It is now December, and I'm going for my last treatment on Saturday. Most of the hair is gone except for the very light ones. I intend to just wax those until my maintenance laser next year. All in all, I spent close to $2,000.00. Not bad considering the rewards. It's so nice to get up in the morning and not feel like I need to shave before going for a walk or jog.
    1755 days ago
    Well, it's been what, about 15 days since the laser treatment. I have to say that at least 50% of the growth I had after the 1st treatment is eliminated. I go on the 20th for the next round.
    1877 days ago
    When I said expensive, please note every situation is different - for me, I had my entire lower face and neck done - places that offer laser hair removal tend to have the lowest prices in the summer, when people are out tanning and unable to do the procedure, so staying out of the sun prior to is essential. My deal was 50% off the entire lower face (this is sideburns, and upper lip, cheek and chin) and the neck - totaling $270 a treatment. I will require a total of 5-6 treatments over the course of the next year. Compare that to $40-70 for 15 minutes of electrolysis - which treats ONE HAIR AT A TIME. You're talking thousands of dollars.
    1891 days ago
    I hope this is working for you! Can't wait to see your follow up report!

    1891 days ago
    Keeping you in my prayers for a very bright and happy future.

    1891 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your story. While I don't suffer from this condition, I am sure there is someone who will be helped by reading this. emoticon
    1891 days ago
    I am so glad you did I am willing to look into it my daughter has this problem
    prayers that it works
    thanks for sharing
    1891 days ago
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