And I am happy to sum up the video for those who aren’t comfortable watching me talk. (Maybe it’s just me who hates watching myself talk.)
The laser technician was pleased with my progress, in fact she said (and this isn’t in the video) that my sideburns look “pretty much fine.” She increased the laser’s intensity and did some of my stubborn chin hairs a couple of times.
What surprised me, though, was that she said I may only need to come in on an “as-needed” basis now. I’m still trying to get my head ‘round this. She thinks that the series of treatments I did eight years ago might have permanently damaged at least some of my follicles, because she doesn’t see much of a new hair cycle starting. Normally it takes several rounds of laser to start seeing a noticeable reduction, because we’re killing off active cycles each time. But as it had only been one treatment and no new hair coming in to replace it, perhaps the old treatment really did make an impact.
And, now that I’m on medication, I don’t have testosterone stimulating new dark cycles. I may not need six treatments after all.
But I’ve scheduled an appointment in six weeks, just so I have one, and if I find I don’t have any hair to laser by then, I’ll cancel it. I really can’t imagine it. It’s frightening to think this may actually work. Will anyone read a blog about hirsutism by an ex-bearded lady?
I also mentioned in the video that after my laser treatment I went right over to visit my cousin, who had just had her wisdom teeth out. I muscled past my own embarrassment--I know I would need some cheering up if I ever had to have dental surgery. So I talked to her about my issues a little, and she had never noticed but she was not startled or horrified by the news. She told me about some of her own cosmetic concerns, and it was a great bonding moment.
That’s the first time I’ve told anyone in my family that I’m hirsute, besides my mother, and it was anti-climactic and an all-around relief. And now I know someone who can use the products I’ve tried that don’t work for me.
Why does it get easier to tell people your problems once they’ve been taken care of?
Well, let’s see what falls out in a couple of weeks...