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Soprano Diode Laser vs Legs - Sarah, The Bringer of Tea
2nd March, 2008
05:05 pm

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Soprano Diode Laser vs Legs
For about a year now, I've been having my legs zapped by one of these. I've written about it before - it's a novel hair removal laser that uses repeated rapid low level pulses, about 10 a second, to gently heat the hair rather than doing it all in one go. This is called "SHR mode", which stands for "Super Hair Removal". Compared to other laser epilators I've experienced (and I've been zapped by quite a collection now), it is almost painless (I don't bother taking painkillers and it's almost relaxing for the most part, although it can sting a bit on the knees and ankles), and doesn't leave you with thick carbonised hair which looks very obvious for two weeks before it falls out. The hair still takes 2-3 weeks to fall out, but it just looks like normal hair in that time.

There are also no puffs of smoke, and no strong smell of burned hair. After treatment the skin looks like it's not been touched.

Anyway, I have now had 5 treatments with this laser on my legs. The operator stops a little way from the top of my leg, so I still have a small patch to remind me what my leg hair used to look like. This allowed me to take the following comparison photographs, which some may find interesting. Each one is a patch of skin about 3.5 * 2.5 cm.

Untreated part of leg, close to groin.
My whole leg used to be like this
Treated part of leg, close to knee.


As can be seen, the hair has not been eliminated - in fact, there appears to be very little overall reduction in the amount, but what it has done is made the growth far weaker. I can not shave my legs for several weeks and now look like a woman who hasn't shaved her legs, rather than a woman with a man's legs, which is a definite bonus. I know people who have recently started using this technology on the face, and it will be interesting to see if it does manage to clear the hair, or whether it does something similar to this and makes it "weaker". On the legs this is quite a desirable result (can still use the hair to keep warm in winter), but on the face, perhaps less so.

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From:carly_kai
Date:2nd March, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
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Major thanks for the information and the pictures - and the little gem "thick carbonised hair which looks very obvious for two weeks before it falls out"

I have been so despondant as my face always looks darker after my lazer treatments and now I know why...

Again, thank you!

Edited at 2008-03-02 17:28 (UTC)
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From:auntysarah
Date:2nd March, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
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*hug* You're more than welcome :-)
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From:natalie_456
Date:2nd March, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
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snap! i was wondering this (i've just started IPL)

Thank you Sarah! Bringer of wisdom (and tea)!
From:snakey
Date:2nd March, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Is it just the pictures, or has your skin tone changed? *curious*
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From:auntysarah
Date:2nd March, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
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They're different bits of the leg, and also I think the flash lit them a little differently.
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From:cyberspice
Date:2nd March, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
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It does seem a great improvement. It also shows me how lucky I have been with my body hair :-)

As for faces, women have quite a lot of hair on their faces, but its usually very fine and very fair. You could argue that ending up with similar is actually more appropiate than no hair at all.
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From:michelle_mg
Date:2nd March, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
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As for faces, women have quite a lot of hair on their faces, but its usually very fine and very fair. You could argue that ending up with similar is actually more appropiate than no hair at all.

I agree totally and based on personal experience seems to be the more natural and acceptable result obtained with the Soprano than having bald bits which shine and look false.
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From:michelle_mg
Date:2nd March, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
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As another user of your local SHR Laser clinic, I can agree about the painless treatment (though it does feel like a hot sting a bit when applied to certain parts of my face). After you saw me a few weeks ago, the black "man" facial hair has all dropped out and has now regrown with what I would consider proper "woman" facial hair i.e. fine translucent vellus hair rather than disappearing totally. Pre-surgery my hair began to get back to "man" hair in about 4 months. Now I'm post-op I'll have to see what happens.

After trying IPL and Ruby on my face the results I have quickly seen are certainly promising
Hope that helps!
From:zoeimogen
Date:3rd March, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
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My legs looked like the amazon rain forest today in the Gym. Maybe once I've finished electro on my face I should look into SHR...
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