I have always lurked these forums for years and it is time for me to reach out!
I started a committed electrolysis schedule one year ago on the upperlip. I went in for full clearances, which took 2 hours. I go in every 3 weeks (sometimes it has been 2, sometimes 4, but never more than 4) for a full clearance each time. It still always takes 2 hours. I wish I had taken pictures at the beginning, but I have only now done so since a month ago. My electrologist says my tolerance is very good and the most reaction I have received has been some redness. Within a few hours you cant tell anything has been done. I believe she used galvanic because I held onto something. She had mentioned once that she uses blend for larger diameter hairs and uses thermo for fine ones.
One month ago I had to move out of state and search for a new electrologist (painful!). She uses flash and I said I like to do full clearances, so she said this would be quicker. We booked an hour because she said 2 hours seemed like a very long time to work on the uppelip. As she worked on me, after a half hour she said my skin looked pretty good, was amazing, and I tolerate it really well so she slowly added on another hour (in 15min increments “maybe another 15min”). She cleared the area in 2hours, I got a little red immediately after as usual. However the days after Ive had a lot of what I think is scabbing, which Ive never had before. This got me to rethinking everything!
-why does it still take 2 hours for me to clear my upperlip if I go in every 3 weeks? it has been 12 months and I was hoping that by this time, each time I go in would be shorter and shorter.
-should I be concerned that with a different practitioner Ive had a much different reaction? The skin feels really dry, tight, and lots of pinpoint redness, white dots, and it leaked out some yellow stuff which Im hoping and guessing is normal-but Ive never had this in the past 11 months of treatment. It is different. Does this mean the past 11 months werent working? Or is this method just too harsh?
I would like to say that I think most of my hairs are finer now, and I know I had thicker ones before, but the density is still the same to a year ago. Again I wish I had kept pictures at the beginning but they depressed me at that time. I am usually hairless one week after treatment, I start growing hair the 2nd week, and by the third week I feel that there is enough to work on.
Thank you all for your help.