I just thought that I would update you on my progress thus far. I'm just gettng started and had been advised to have my beard removed before I started Hormones. After much searching I decided to use a local Dermatologist for my first laser hair removal treatment. I decided to use her largely because of convenience as much as the fact that I've dealt with her before and I was happy with her. Her office uses the Alma "pain free laser" there have never been more untrue words spoken than that. LOL It was anything but pain free, I now know what the surface of the Sun feels like. They applied a gel to provide a lube while the laser moved over the beard area. This lube also mitigated the surface heat created by the (death star) laser some what as well. As the Laser moved over my face it sounded like bacon frying, I guess that was the hair follicle frying as well as a strong burnt hair smell. I had been told by others that it was painfull and I just took it for granted that they were wimps. Well either they weren't wimps or I'm a wimp as well. lol I had been quoted Two hundred dollars per session to remove my beard however I found out after the fact that the neck area isn't considered part of my beard. So the total cost was Four hundred dollars per session. (ouch) My next appointment is in six weeks and I will be using a analgesic on my face before they zap me and I will do a much better job of shaving next time. I was in a big hurry this morning and had more than a few stray hairs that I had missed. Don't tell anyone but I did tear up a bit, I'm not sure if it was because of the pain or if it was because I'm finally moving forward after more years than I care to admit of denial.
They told me they had never had a man come in to have facial hair removal, I didn't tell them that they still haven't had a man come if for facial hair removal. LOL