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#125827 - 02/21/18 11:04 PM My experience, theories and questions
zapmyface Offline
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Hi, male here, started undergoing electrolysis treatments on my beard around 2 years ago. I got scars on both sides of my chin from my first treatments. Lucky me, right? Long story short, they’re relatively inconspicuous now, but I had to successfully sue and get treatments (by professionals and myself). Ok, now that this is out of the way, let’s get to the fun part!

My first theory relates to how the electrolysis damage was done in the first place. We did other areas, but only the sides of my chin got scarred. They have a much higher hair density than anywhere else, so I’ve concluded that because they are so close together, the fast zapping in the same area destroyed a little more than just the hair follicles.

So when I’ll start my electrolysis again (I took a break after the suing and all that fun stuff), I’ll ask the electrologist (a new one obviously) to do some kind of thinning (where you don’t treat hairs close together) instead of clearing the entire area… I don’t really see another method suitable for a dense pilosity area that already got scarred, but I’m down for suggestions.

My next question is a direct expansion to this, which for me would solve the biggest electrolysis mystery of all time (lol)... Does the hair have a higher chance of being destroyed and not come back after being zapped when it has just started growing and pierced the skin (beginning of the anagen phase). Or is that all hearsay and the hair has an equal chance of not coming back anytime in all of the anagen phase (or even the 2 others). There’s a lot of mixed info on this. I’d love to talk to someone who actually tested it and, sorry for my bluntness but, not just another opinion.

Also, I’d love to test it out myself (for example do one side of my face every 5 weeks or so and let the hair grow a bit, and the other side do it every week as soon as the hairs pierce the skin) just to see after several months which side worked better (or if it’s all the same). But I was wondering if someone already concluded some kind of similar experiment already.

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#125828 - 02/22/18 05:58 AM Re: My experience, theories and questions [Re: zapmyface]
adrien_sanchiz Offline
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Each treated hair means a follicle permanently destroyed thus each treated hair will never grow back regardless the growth phase (anagene, catagene, telogene...)

However you still find on the internet some “anagene only” theory ; it could be from ignorance and close-minded (proof that this theory is not true is abundant) or from a way to justify the incapacity to permanently remove a hair the first time you treat it, I don’t know.
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#125829 - 02/22/18 08:51 AM Re: My experience, theories and questions [Re: zapmyface]
Michael Bono Offline

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I'm wondering how "one treatment resulted in scars." A recent photo would be instructive.

I'd like to hear more about the lawsuit. Did you sue in Small Claims Court, or did you hire an attorney (contingency?) What was the settlement in actual money? Just curious.

I will comment on the work (after seeing the evidence), and sometimes recommend that clients sue for damages. Furthermore, the chin is one of the three "danger areas" I have talked about (for years) that are prone to both electrolysis and laser skin damage.

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#125830 - 02/22/18 08:59 AM Re: My experience, theories and questions [Re: zapmyface]
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I have to say , a new client that presents with this kind of background, would not be allowed back into my office. I'm not horribly comfortable answering questions either. Someone else will have to help you.
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#125831 - 02/22/18 12:44 PM Re: My experience, theories and questions [Re: zapmyface]
dfahey Offline

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There is no way to answer your questions. No one here saw your chin before it was treated and we can't see it now. You worked on yourself as well, so even if we saw a quality picture today, how could it be determined that you didn't damage your own skin?

I have treated many chins and I end up clearing 99% of chin hair the first session, without complaints of scarring. The 1% I don't clear are men with like 500 hairs per square inch. Now, talk about contigent hair, that would be risky!

I am in agreement with Adrien. Hair can be treated in any stage of growth. If I see it, I zap it.

We always appreciate quality pictures here - that means, not blurry.




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Licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio for Nursing license and Cosmetic Therapy/Electrolysis license
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#125832 - 02/22/18 07:01 PM Re: My experience, theories and questions [Re: zapmyface]
zapmyface Offline
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Thank you all for your answers.

I didn't really meant for my last post to be about my scars, but more about how to avoid them and all that more positive stuff. I guess it's my fault for starting with it...

Anyway, like I said I find them relatively inconspicuous now, but I can answer questions about that and show pictures to maybe help some people.

https://imgur.com/Z3eiByd - This was few hours after the treatment, nothing too bad, except now I know that comparing to other areas I've had work on, the yellow/red fluids covered most of the entire spot, which ended up in a very big scab afterwards. Sadly, and I hate myself for that one, I never took pics before or after my first weeks after the treatment as I thought this was relatively normal (my electrologist told me I had nothing to worry about and that everything would come back to normal, but in the meantime we would do another area, which never had that strong reaction). I urge to you not make the same mistake if you're in that unfortunate position, since it will save you a lot of time having to prove stuff...

https://imgur.com/a/TrUDS - This was a month after the treatment, the scabs were gone, but still some redness and obvious deformities. I believe it was at that time that I started to worry a bit.

https://imgur.com/a/5236g - 5 months in, probably the best pictures I took that showcase the damage. The redness is gone, but the dermis damage is still there (it looks like acne scars).

I took more pics after that, but they're relatively showing the same thing.

As for the lawsuit, at first I tried to ''sue'' by myself (I'm not sure it was considered official at that time), and that ended up in a year of back and forth with her insurance company. I learned a lot about the process and would not recommend doing that if you value your sanity. They will do anything they can to delay it and try to blame the damage on yourself. I knew I had done nothing wrong and stood my ground.

They offered a few settlements (money), starting at 500$, which I found ridiculous as it didn't even cover the cost of the electrolysis and the repair treatment, and then increased the amount a few times. I don't really remember the last one they offered but I believe it was around 3000. It still didn't feel adequate, and they basically told me that if I wanted more, I'd have to hire a lawyer.

So, with a bit of reluctance, I did, the lawyers gladly accepted the case and asked for a 30 000$ settlement (I knew I wouldn't have that). Several months passed and I finally ended up with 8000$, which was acceptable at that time. I had a choice of accepting that amount or go to actual Court. That would've ended up in more months, if not years of waiting, and not an indicator of an increased amount. At that time I was pretty fed up with the whole process and didn't feel like waiting even more, so I accepted the settlement.

Weirdly enough, the lawyers knew I had done most of the ''fight'' (during that year without them), so they felt fair to bill me a reduced amount for theirs. I don't think most lawyers would do this but it was very appreciated lol. Where I live, personal injury cases ask a contingency fee of 30% if you win, plus additional bureaucratic fees (but no upfront fees). I was never interested in a Small Claims Court.

I just want to make 2 things clear, I didn't do electro on myself, I did some repair treatments on myself after the professional Dermapen repair treatments for my scars (more on that maybe later as I feel this is a long post already lol). And lastly, I didn't meant this as an attack to the field, I love electrolysis, I know it works and will continue to have it on my body! I simply said I got scars so that most of you would understand my insecurities and very specific questions about it.


Edited by zapmyface (02/22/18 07:07 PM)

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#125833 - 02/22/18 09:01 PM Re: My experience, theories and questions [Re: zapmyface]
Michael Bono Offline

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As my dad would say, "you made out like a bandit."

In all likelihood, a year from now, you won't be able to find these marks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9--CRwOxb74&list=PLeYuCaeN4D7OyL70UHMoqaKJcyYSO7u0d

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#125834 - 02/22/18 09:32 PM Re: My experience, theories and questions [Re: zapmyface]
zapmyface Offline
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I just watched your video, and I would like to clarify a few points.

Those treatments were from 2 years ago, and were only from one clearing. I never went on that same zone again! I'm saying this because the ''orange peel'' effect in your video seems to be from ongoing treatments (forgive me if I wrongly assumed) and that they should be gone a year after they're done.

And the damage wasn't simply ''orange peel'', there was also some kind of overall sinking of the skin and bigger craters (bigger than on the orange peel pictures).

I would hate to be seen as another person freaking out over the tiniest red dot (I've seen a few posts like that, lol). I know something went wrong and I couldn't care less about it today, but I obviously just don't want it repeated.

Hopefully that answers the skepticism surrounding my post and we can move on and have a conversation about the questions I've asked.

I've seen a few posts online (and talked about it with my electrologist in person) about how you have to treat the hair as soon as it pierces the skin as there is a higher chance of destroying it (never coming back). And then I've talked about people who don't believe it's true and that any hair does have an exact chance of being destroyed. I would simply love to know if anyone actually tested it, so we could all know the truth once and for all!

And if indeed there’s an equal % chance of destroying the hair for good, what’s the point of weekly short sessions, when we could go once every few months with longer sessions. It could solve the problem of people who don’t want temporary reactions every single week. Or even clearing a whole area; I mean, why go through the swelling and severe scabbing (more than tiny red dots) when it can be avoided by a ''thinning'' method… if the hair is not close together, no swelling will occur and big scabs won’t form! (I've already tested that one)


Edited by zapmyface (02/22/18 10:00 PM)

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#125839 - 02/23/18 09:32 AM Re: My experience, theories and questions [Re: zapmyface]
Michael Bono Offline

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Thanks for the clarification. I thought this was only 5-months in.

Indeed, you suffered from "dermal contraction scars" as a result of bad electrolysis: case closed! Such permanent scars result from over-treating contiguous (close together) hairs, i.e., clearing a beard with too much current that causes deep tissue scarring. (Scar tissue contracts, and when it happens deep in the skin ... you get "dents") UGH!! I'm glad you got compensated.

The "early anagen hair only" idea is shit ... however, the myth continues on-and-on because it continues on-and-on. Mostly the myth is used to explain less-than-stellar results (an excuse for sub-par work).

You are correct (as per my technique only ... others disagree) that beard work should be, as you say, thinned out and not cleared; until you get to the right point of clearance. This was the technique I was taught by Art Hinkel WAY BACK in 1975! Sometimes "the old way" is the best way?

For a point of reference, my average TTT (total treatment time) for beard work is just under 100 hours. This was also the TTT for student work at Hinkel's school. No big deal!

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#125855 - 02/23/18 07:10 PM Re: My experience, theories and questions [Re: zapmyface]
zapmyface Offline
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It feels amazing to have my ranty opinions validated, thank you! Believe it or not, after everything that's happened, I’m really passionate and interested about electrolysis, but just a bit tired of all that hearsay and simply want the truth! I won't feel bad about requesting my electrologist to do a thinning instead of clearing on my face anymore.

As much as I would like to believe you on the spot (I, too, think the early anagen hair only is nonsense), I was hoping someone had done some kind of experiment on it already. I guess I'll test it out myself (half part of my chest get the hairs as soon as they come out, half part do it once every few months randomly) with my electrologist. After a while, we'll see if there's a difference or not. I'll document it with pictures of course! Any suggestions to make this test more viable?

I shall suffer in the name of scientific truth! lol


Edited by zapmyface (02/23/18 07:11 PM)

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