Hello. I have started electrolysis on my upper lip recently. I already have scars. There little round things where she sticks the needle in. Is this usual? What are my options? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

yes it usual,
normal reaction to first time electrolysis,
the scars (which are probably scabs that you are talking about) will fade.

dont worry.

your options are to have good after care. keep skin clean and bacteria free. do not touch the skin or apply makeup on the area if you really want to do things right.

you can also tell the electrolygist to use a lower heat setting if the reaction is getting too much for you.

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I’d venture to say that what you are describing as scars aren’t exactly that. It takes some time for actual scars to develop. It could just be your skin adapting and recovering from the shock of initial treatment. In the meantime, you should take good care of the area by treating it properly and keeping it clean.

Thanks for the advice guys. I started about 5 weeks ago and have had 4 treatments. How long does it take for the scars to develop? Is there any kind of lotion I can put on the area. I wash my face twice daily and also use whitch hazel. Thank you again.

thats good so far what you are doing with washing and witch hazel. you might like to try polysporin. this deals with scaring and infections. so apply that after treatments daily. its a bit messy but it works. you can also try aleo vera gel after treatmetns. it helps with redness and heat on the skin after treatment.

good luck!

oh about scaring. scaring will only happen if electrlysis technique was bad and/or if your after care was bad. you dont have to develop scaring. you talk like its unavoidable. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> scaring will happen in the 3rd stage of healing which is called the remolding phase of any injury. this happens a couple of weeks to months after the injury depending on the extent of the injury. but even if scaring does happen, over a long period of time they will fade out (maybe not entirly) but they will blend better with skin. electrolysis type scarings are not as severe as other scaring, like, lets say a knife cut or burn wound. those are deeper and more severe.

just make sure your after care is consistent and appropriate. dont pick at the scabs and dont have a habit of feeling the skin thats been worked on.
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I have to add on this thread that I think everybody just starting out with electrolysis seems to be obsessed with scarring…I know it’s something nobody wants to happen but the minute they have any skin reaction at all they’re calling it scars…there’s a huge difference between tiny wounds from electrolysis and scars…scars are something that happen as a result of being wounded in a more severe way than necessary to remove hair.
I just seem to notice everybody is in panic mode after their first treatment and I don’t really think they need to be.
You should be going back to your technician to work on your settings to minimize skin reaction…if they are not able or willing to cooperate with you then move on…but you should be trying out more than one person at a time to find one that fits , cause you’re going to be spending a lot of time with them if you have any real amount of hair to remove.