26 March 2014

Not By The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin! / Laser Surgery Series Post #1



Helllooooo everyone :) 

So today is the start of a very special series. It's not a series you see very often and of course I don't expect it to be everyone's typically loved post but its a sensitive subject and judging by the comments and hits my previous post on it got, Suffice to say, I'm not alone in trying to deal with this.

Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin!



If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may have come across my Facial Hair, Laser Hair & other Hair Removal and Make up Routine to cover Facial hair, Lumps & Bumps post. It was a post where I explained my troubles and everyday struggles with my facial hair. I spoke about the tools I use to help get rid of my unwanted hair, along with my foundation routine on how I get a flawless face. Towards the end of the post I spoke about how I had been speaking with my GP about potentially getting funding on the NHS to get laser Surgery and I'm delighted to tell you, I got it!

I wanted to document the experience in a series, tell you about my consultation, How I got to where I am now, what to expect and the results as I go! I can only hope those who have already shown their support, Will continue to support me and my hairiness while I undergo these treatments! Your comments always mean so much and In my last facial hair post I was blown away just by how many of you left some love!  I appreciate this isn't your traditional beauty post but I hope you all keep positive with me and remember to respect any comments below and to realise this is a sensitive topic to talk about :)

What you need to knows - I have POS and yes it effects my hairiness. I have been waxing my upper lip since I was 16, along with shaving my chin for the past 5 or so years. I generally have been shaving daily as any longer then a day, I get a 5'oclock shadow, any longer then 2 days.. and well.. You will see the pictures below..


The Chat with the GP

In December I had noticed that my chin area was getting extra sensitive. I would find I would do my normal morning routine of shaving, moisturising etc and when I would leave for work, after my face feels that cold icy air, my chin would suddenly feel all hot and I'd break out in hives across the area I shave. It was causing me quite alot of discomfort and it looked horrible! We spoke about my shaving routine and she mentioned one the other GP's getting funding on one of his patients and that given my situation I might be a candidate. She asked for me to take pictures of the hives, and If I could, let my hairs grow and take pictures so I can show them as evidence and present a case.

Here are the pictures of the hives I was getting


Here are the pictures of my chin on my way to my consultation appointment where they wanted to see the hair. This is after 3 days of growth with no shaving.






Yeah, Not too pretty aye! I have the beard of a man! I'm sure there are people with much worse cases then me, but of course, this series is about myself and I can only apologise if you are in a similar situation and are trying to get funding on the NHS. 

So my consultation was with the Skin Clinic In Sutton, They have 38 clinics nation wide, You can find all the details on their site, it gives you prices, and you can even see if laser hair removal would work on you depending on your skin tone and hair colour.  I spoke with Dr Chris Harland and we went through all the standard questions, Talking about how I currently maintain my hair, how it effects me day to day, I explained about the current hives and he asked if he could see and I of course had been leaving it to grow for 3 days which is hands down, one of the hardest things I have had to do. I was still going to work and god I could just feel people staring at my chin! He took some pictures and told me there and then I had been accepted and they could book me in to have a patch test. I then filled in a form about my skin tone, and the hairs, the hair colour, the areas it grows and is more thicker and finer etc, Lastly I had to fill in this sheet of paper which gave me a score at the end, It was based around the severity of the hair growth and how it effects me, answering 1 - 5 ( 1 being really bad and 5 being not at all ) type questions. 

So 2 days went past and I was back in to get my patch test! I had a lovely lady called Danielle who is now going to be with me the whole way through as I've requested to keep her. I had shaved the morning prior and left it the day of my appointment so there was stubble growing, we went over my form and spoke about the skin, about wearing sun cream on the areas and aloe vera to take down any swelling and cool the area. We spoke about how I tan, or if I burn, and assessed my skin and its tone, Danielle explained how important it was if I caught the sun to come back in for another patch test and match. The machine itself works better on dark hairs but of course if the skin is dark it needs to go on a different setting or its going to just burn everything haha, So it's important to not go sunbathing or go on a sunbed while I undergo this treatment.

 We found my setting and admitted the patch test on my chin, and it literally felt like a tiny warm jolt. That was it. I applied my factor 50 and my aloe vera and went home excited about my first session!

The First Appointment 

So I didn't want to go mad and take loads of pictures on my first one, I wasn't sure what to expect and if I was even allowed to take pics so I quickly snapped them and got on the bed :P




The machine they use is called a Cynosure it projects a small red dot over the area its working on and there is built in air that blows cool over the area while the laser is going.

Prep wise, I shaved my chin the evening before my appointment as ideally they want as close a shave a possible with no irritation so for me I shaved the night before and made sure I put my aveeno for sensitive skin on and really moisturise the area. I made sure I had no makeup or anything on the area and I was ready!

Danielle outlined the area with a white pencil and placed some gel on the area, she then began using the laser over the area, it didn't hurt that much, over certain area's where the hair is darker and thicker it did hurt a bit but nothing I or anyone couldn't handle :) I could smell burning but nothing too strong. along the tip of my chin and my upper lip area was the most uncomfortable as I say, they are the area's my hair grows rather thick. It was over rather quickly which was great! 

Pain wise, Id say a 3/10 and then maybe a 6/10 on the thicker haired area but of course its all quite quick so it only hurts a few seconds and they are off lasering the next area, That ice cool air was a GODSEND! haha.

Danielle said the skin going red was a great sign, and that all the little lumps that had appeared, that was a good sign too! 






I apologise for the slight blur, I was using my phone and was trying to do it quickly before she came back in haha. The lighting was terrible in the customer toilet so couldn't get a great picture, I did however see a couple of black dots on my chin, upon further inspection, noticed that a couple of hairs were poking out, i literally with my nails just pulled at it and the hairs just came straight out. Obviously I manged to catch some of the hairs at the right time in their cycle. 

My chin stayed red for about an hour, I put on the aloe vera gel  and sunscreen before leaving and left to go  up London, I got home in the evening and it was a bit tender and warm to touch so applied my aloe vera again, it was nice and cool as I had kept it in the fridge!  When I woke up, it was still pretty sensitive and there is still alot of heat coming from the area so am making a note of this, as I wouldn't be able to shave while it feels like this, that might mean my skin isn't as " I never burn " as I said it was and they may need to adjust the light on the laser :)

Soooo this is the first post in my laser surgery series. I hope if you have read this far you will leave a lil comment below and show your support not only to me, but to any other ladies reading this who suffer with unwanted hair! You may just be encouraging someone without realising!

If you have any questions please do pop them below, I can try my best to answer them OR ask at my next appointment in 4 weeks :) x
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31 comments:

  1. How exciting for you, I can't wait to see the end results :) xx
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    1. Thanks India <3 Me either! Hopefully it will change my way of life! xxx

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  2. This is a fantastic post, well done on bringing attention to the subject

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  3. This is such a good post, want to give you a big hug for talking about as I know myself how hard it can be. xx

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    1. I want to give YOU a big hug for taking the time to read it all and comment <3 it means the world to me and I'm sure for anyone else reading the comments after the post for inspiration, people are gonna see that there ARE kind people out there that arn't quick to make a horrible comment and that people do support positivity with this type of thing! xxxxx

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  4. Sounds great!!! You're so brave in sharing with us your experience and I am sure it will help a lot of people with the same problems!
    Keep it up and (I don't know if it helps) you have my total support and huge respect!!
    xo
    Alice

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    1. Oh Alice, It helps more then you know :) and I know anyone reading this who has the same problems as me be it worse or not as bad, will feel like they have your support and respect too! Thanks so much for commenting sweetheart, It really does mean so much <3 xxxxx

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  5. Omg Lucie! I am totally giving you a big air hug all the way across the water to you. Well done and congrats on getting the funding. I'm delighted for you. You are so brave and brilliant for doing this post! Absolute RESPECT! Even on the first session it looks like it is doing a great job.
    Delighted babe - cant wait to see next post :-)

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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    1. Thanks so much Rachael! * hugs* I'm super pleased I got the funding too! Can't wait to see the results over the 8 months! :D xxx

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  6. I haven't commented on your blog about this subject before but i have read your previous posts and i think its great your sharing your experience and bringing awareness to other people. I think your really brave and i hope it all works out for you!

    Sammeh x
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    1. Thanks so much Sammeh! I'm glad you did comment! It's lovely so many of you are showing your support once again with my facial hair posts! It means the world to me that people are being so supportive and positive about what I'm going through xxxx

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  7. This was a great post! How are things now? Has one session made much of a difference? How many sessions will you be having? :)
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    1. Thanks so much Simone! well its a few days after, My stubble is already growing in differently ( I've been off for 2 days so I've just left it ) but i noticed I didn't get a very close shave like usual, think my skin is still a tad sensitive since the treatment, I know she said hairs will start to fall out after 2-3 weeks and of course we hope to get more of them in their cycle in the next treatment and keep going till I've got only fine ones coming in :D Heres to a months time and my next post! xx

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  8. This is a fantastic post...I am really happy that you are able to have these treatments and were able to get financial assistance with it.
    Thank you so much for sharing the details and images with us.
    Big hug!!!

    Keisha xo
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    1. Thanks so much Keisha! <3 xxxx *hugs*

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  9. Thank you for sharing this post. I expect it'll help loads of other people. x x

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  10. This is one of the reasons I love your blog. What a touching post. It's so nice to see this kind of thing and it's very brave. Thanks for sharing. Facial hair is such a horrible thing for us women to have to deal with, so it's good to know the options available. Xx

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  11. Oh yay, you got it! that's so exciting for you :) you must be so chuffed! Can't wait to read how you get on with the rest of your treatment :)
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

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    1. I'm chuffed to bits! Fingers crossed to see some great results xxx

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  12. Oooo exciting congrats on getting funded babe I have heard it is a fortune otherwise. Love your posts you fierce lady xxx

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    1. I'll still need to maintain it myself but its great to get a head start with the block of 8 treatments and see what I need after that :D xxxxx

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  13. Wow O...O those bumps look so painful and itchy =( did they ever figure out what was causing them? Could it be what you were shaving with (cream or razor)? I feel so bad for you just looking at the bumps >...< I can only imagine. You're so brave for posting these pics about your experience. I've always been self conscious of the amount of facial hair and body hair in general i have to get rid of, so I'm glad you're talking about this openly. I hope you will do follow up pics and such! Good luck =)

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  14. Only just seen this post, me and my daughter have been bedbound for like a week! So excited for you! GORGEOUS WOMAN <3 x

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  15. I'm sure this post will help SO many people, myself included. I've wanted laser hair removal for so long! Can't wait to see how this goes :) xx

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    1. Thanks so much Sandy! It's been a couple weeks since I had it done and I can already tell a HUGE difference. Some of the hair has come out and its growing alot slower. Just after one treatment Its changed the hair so drastically. I hope you can follow me or subscribe so you can check back to see my second post in the series after the second round so you can read in detail about it all :) xx

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  16. I appreciate you very much , mostly because I would't dare to take the photos you did! I think you are so brave and hope that everything will work well with on your laser appointments! Please tell me how do you feel on your "bad days" about this condition and how did you managed it trough the time? This is by far the most sincere blog I have ever seen! Thank you for sharing!
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    1. Yeah, I must admit, it was quite a shock when putting them on the blog post just like.. BAM. Here I am. Without sounding dramatic, Most days were " bad days ". Everyday I had to shave, Everyday my chin was sore and everyday I slathered makeup on it to try and hide the redness, the bumps, all of it. I spent a fortune on concealers and moisturisers and all the cosmetics under the sun to hide it and make it less sensitive. Not to mention when I'm being intimate with my boyfriend and pull away when he touches my face... its not good.

      I'm having such a positive outcome and thats only after 1 session! Cant wait till its all completed

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  17. I have the same problem. My boyfriend has been really patient and supportive with my depression/ anxiety...loves me... and I I have been told I'm gorgeous most of my life by random people even.., but I struggle to believe it myself, because of the constant torture of maintaining my skin. I wax, and use an epilator. It hides my problem quite well, but I dread if I was to ever suddenly not have the means to take care of the hair any longer than 3-4 days. Its not severe but it can be noticeable if I'm super up close...which sucks because I'm a very talented makeup artist for a living, so I get up close and personal with people everyday and dread quietly if I may have missed a spot. I know your pain. I'm hanging in there best I can. I hide my problem well, but I am tortured with anxiety. I prize my femininity...I just think hair other than my head, brows and lashes is a cruel curse. :-( Only reason I don't try to kill myself is because I have too many people I love and who love me. But its hard. I just want to feel like a woman again, and I don't think the U.S. funds laser...I can't afford it, so I bite a painful bullet and continue to pluck my face, as I have been for over 10 years now. I'm 28.

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