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Laser hair removal on your scalp
« on: September 05, 2006, 11:35:52 PM »
I've been researching laser hair removal for your scalp and there really isn't much out there on the web.  The only thing that I could find is that it will take several treatments that will be very expensive.

Have any of you ever looked into it?  What have you found?  Would you do it?



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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2006, 12:35:02 AM »
I researched it myself a few months ago - not so much because I wanted to do it but more out
of curiosity.

I've read a few reports from people who did it. And according to them, yes, it does often require
several treatments. The end result is either no hair growing back at all, or very fine hair growing back
(like babies' or old people's hair) that isn't as visible as your normal hair and that you can easily shave off
whenever it grows. 

The risks (eg possibility of permanent burn marks on your skull) are minimal, so it's considered a safe, albeit expensive choice.

Personally, I find the idea appealing. But on the other hand, I enjoy shaving my head - it's a ritual to me - even though
there are times where I find it annoying and wished I wouldn't have to go through the routine of shaving.
Plus, if you have a girlfriend (or a new girlfriend), they usually ask you if they could shave you. And I find that
quite appealing and erotic.

On the other hand, if you are permanently bald, I feel that being bald looses some of its appeal. You're no longer
an active, meaning shaving, member of the bald community - you're no longer shaving, no longer involved in buying razors and creams and
giving advice to newcomers etc - you're now a retired bald man.
There's nothing to do, no shaving, no checking out new products and discussing them with your fellow bald people.

Yeah, it feels a little like retirement. ;)
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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2006, 07:01:10 AM »
Body hair is one thing, but aiming a lazer at my scalp is another. If ordinary sun can cause cancer, what about lazering your whole head. There isn't enough research on how it can effect the brain. That is just the easy way out for us bald guys. I say to anyone comtemplating that, "you are crazy!" Just shave your head, it's not worth frying your egg. MMMMM, eggs.

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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2006, 10:30:30 PM »
I'm still not 100% sure about how safe laser hair removal really is. . . who knows what they'll discover that it has caused years from now?? A neighbor of my parents died a few years ago from face cancer. Pool woman. Imagine. They think it was caused from ultraviolet treatments she had received many years ago for treatment of her acne when she was a teen. . . they didn't realized it eventually caused cancer. As my Mom still says till this day, "don't fool with Mother nature." A few years back I did inquire about having laser removal of the hair on my back. They said it would take 4 to 5 treatments at about $500 a pop!. . . $2000 to $2500 total!! No joke! I figured I could buy a lifetime of Nair for that kind of money and still have A LOT of change left over.

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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2006, 03:16:33 AM »
I've checked into laser and electrolosys..

Electrolosys seems the way to go between the two, less chance of scaring and its chemical/electrical based as apposed to getting shot with a friggen laser beam..

Although if I were offered either at a reasonable price, I would say "Sure I'll guinea pig it"

I can understand loosing the luster for some people, but for me I like the bald look... and my skin doesn't take well to shaving sometimes. 

If I can find a good place in the Minneapolis area that does it, who knows I may have first hand experience to report after xmas (seems like a good place for the bonus to go..)

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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2006, 04:43:37 PM »
 :) Happy Harry has this exactly right. Shaving makes it an affirmation and the ritual taps into something--I still don't understand--that makes baldness meaningful, not just an accident of genetics. Even though I have come to hate the little bits of stubble in the shaving cream, the act of shaving is, to me, some expression of cleansing. The time I most feel clean and rejuvenated is right after the last go-over for missed spots and washing off of  the remaining shaving cream. For about six hours after that, I feel emancipated; after that, the fuzz begins to grow again. Profesor Melon
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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2006, 10:43:01 AM »
Electrolysis would be an option only if you have rather severe MPB and there isn't a lot of hair left to remove.  Each follicle needs to be treated, sometimes multiple times.

Laser can work, but it has side effects.  You cannot allow sunlight to make contact with your scalp for several weeks after each laser treatment.

The best thing to do right now is just shave it and live with the shadow.  I like the totally bald look and would like to ditch the shadow, but there is nothing practical right now.

There is a Yahoo permanent scalp hair removal group. Some of those guys use wax or tweezers to get rid of their hair.  No, thanks.

There is a promising future possibility.  Check out this link.
http://www.sirna.com/wt/page/dermatology

If this stuff works, I will be making an appointment with my dermatologist to get rid of my scalp and facial hair.  My neck irritates easily after shaving, for one thing.  I like the totally hairless look and maybe it will soon be available.
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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2006, 01:53:41 PM »
Thanks for the great info Penguins Fan!!! Welcome to our forum as well
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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2009, 12:09:12 AM »
I'm a Bald By Choice guy. I didn't have any hair loss but wanted to be without hair. I shaved for a year to be sure it was what I wanted and then found the permanent scalp hair site on Yahoo. After tweezing for eight years, I was ready to take the final step. On a visit to my dermatologist, he suggested he could help take care of irritation on my stomach by lasering the hair out. I thought about it and finally got up the nerve to ask if he could laser my head bald. It took him back a little as he'd never had the request before, but stated it was hair and any hair, pretty much anywhere could be lasered. I had my first appointment on January 10. It took about twenty minutes to do the initial laser treatment. There wasn't any "pain", just a little tingle, more sharp than tingle, but not "pain", each time the laser shot. I have medium blond hair which bleaches out to nearly white in the sun with quite white skin. I had a patch on the back of my head which refused to be eliminated, and on my neck. There were stragglers on the sides and a few on top. It's been two and a half weeks now and the areas which I'd not been able to get completely smooth ARE now totally smooth when I shave. What had been rough from hair growth is no where near as rough and a shave lasts several days.

The full treatment, full scalp and back of my neck, ran $185 total. I'm in Los Angeles, if that helps with determining the appropriate cost. I have my next treatment on February 7 and am told it will likely take four to six treatments to obtain "full results". I was a little pink the first day, as if I'd been out in the sun for a few hours without protection. I've used SPF 50 sunblock each time I've been outside since to keep from having any side effects, which I haven't had. By the next day, I was "normal color" and haven't had any unusual sensations other than an incredibly smooth head! Using the sunblock isn't an issue as I'd usually worn a hat or the sunblock anyway to prevent sun spots and potential cancer on my dome. I've worked this hard to get my head bald, I want to make sure it looks its best as long as possible.

The dermatologist admitted he was more than a little curious and shocked by my request as he'd never had it proposed to him before, but the more he thought about it, the more he was intrigued to do it. It's as much a learning experience for him as it is for me, and I'm completely satisfied with his work so far. He's been a great dermatologist for years so I trust and respect him and his abilities completely. If you're considering lasering your head, and the cost isn't an issue for the results, make sure you know as much as possible about the person lasering you. I wouldn't let anyone less than an MD anywhere near my head with anything as potentially dangerous as a laser.


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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2009, 10:31:12 AM »
I had the laser treatments many years ago.  5 treatments total for $1000. Whole Head!  I have pictures and the  story posted on another website.  Bottom line, Hurt like hell, bruised afterward, with FAIR results. I still have to shave but it is much quicker and easier (so I still affirm daily)  IF I ever wanted to let the hair grow back, forget about it. It grows in patches and my head would look like a a globe (map) with little islands everywhere. If you want all of the details I will post the web site with the whole ordeal.
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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2009, 10:35:48 AM »
do tell Ringside! Great Pate: it cost me $1200 for 12 treatments. How did u do it for $185?

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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2009, 10:42:20 AM »
Professional discount. :D O:O
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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2009, 07:42:48 AM »
This really is the ultimate step,
I would imagine that it would be difficult to get someone to laser your scalp simply by walking into their office and saying "fire the laser"! Perhaps that is what Dr.Evil did?
It might be better to see a doctor who has done this procedure in the past and is open to doing it. Online there is virtually no information.
It would not be out the ball park to consider going down this road at some stage.. the idea is appealing. I have always disliked the shadow and as my hair is dark it reappears fairly soon after a shave. I would imagine there would be paper work to sign before any laser was fired !


 

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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2009, 12:21:02 PM »
A laser tech performs it not a doctor. I reiterate: If I were younger and laser was available, I would have had my entire head lasered at the age of say 30.

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Re: Laser hair removal on your scalp
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2009, 11:49:49 AM »
I stumbled into this group while researching this very question.  So far, I am very happy with the results my first laser experience. 

I'm naturally bald on top have shaved for over 10 years and now am having the remaining horeshoe fringe removed by laser.   The first treatment was 2 weeks ago (with a test patch done a week before that) and my hair is much lighter and thinner.  The shadow is much less pronounced when shaved and hardly noticeable even after a few days growth.  I'll post more later if anyone is interested... gotta get back to work.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2009, 11:51:58 AM by Some Guy »

 


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