After a less than positive experience with laser a few years back, I’ve decided to try electrolysis for hair removal on my shoulders and back. I interviewed my first electrologist this afternoon and it was a somewhat mixed experience. She was a very nice woman (I’ll leave off her name for now) who said she’d been working as a electrologist for 20 years. However, she was only an LE and not a CPE. We actually talked about that and her response was she just didn’t want to spend the time getting the cert given her long experience in the field. I work in a technical area myself and know about “paper certs” so I bought the story to some degree. She told me she used thermolysis though not “flash”, and the machine she used (I think as I didn’t write it down) was a clareblend (which looked a bit dated but given this is the first machine I’ve seen I’ve got nothing to compare it too.) The office was clean and she seemed professional. I told her about my negative experience with laser, and I wanted to focus on the upper arms/shoulder area to start to see how it went. Everything seemed positive until I tried to pin her down about how long it would take to clear my shoulder areas. She said it would take “hundreds of hours”… hundreds??? I didn’t want to jump on her about it but I got her to admit that she considered herself “slow”, but she tried to spin this as a positive as in “slow but effective”. So here’s my questions. Most of the time estimates I’ve read on this forum were quite a bit less…(particularly as this was not even my full back but just my shoulder area). Is there anything to the argument that “slow but accurate” gives a better result in the long run, (or was she just trying to put a positive spin on her less than speedy technique). I also don’t know how important the CPE cert is. Any comments would be appreciated, and finally I’m looking in San Mateo CA. so if anyone has a recommendation for someone it’d be appreciated.