After doing quite a bit of research, I decided to go for electrolysis to get rid of my facial hair. I’m basically looking at doing my entire lower face - sideburns, cheeks, upper lip, & chin. I am 22, and have been previously waxing/threading/tweezing since I was 16 or so. After trying to look for an electrologist in my area (Toronto), I decided to just jump in for a consultation and go from there. So I went to this one lady downtown, and she basically just asked me if I’ve ever had electrolysis done before. When I said no, she took me into the room where she does it to show me what it’s all about, and just went at it for 3-4 hairs. She told me she’s been doing it since 1989, that it may take up to several months for the hair to be permanently cleared, and she also told me about the hair growth cycles, etc. She then told me she could do an hour on me right then and there, and I can think about buying a package of treatments afterwards if I wanted (5 hours for $300). After asking a couple more questions, I let her go ahead. During the treatment I asked her about the three different treatments (thermolysis, galvanic, and blend), and how she determines which one to use in which case. All she told me was the she is using blend on me, and blend is “the best”.
Now, after doing an initial clearance of the thicker, most noticeable hairs, I really liked what I saw (obviously, lack of hair is pleasing to my eye for a change!). She told me how to take care of it afterwards (no shower the same night, no make up until the next day, and she put some lotion on it for soothing purposes). I developed small red bumps that day, but by the next morning it was all clear and there was no sign of treatment on my face at all. My concern is being voiced by the big skeptic in me: it all seemed very rushed, and that worries me. Also, I did not notice how long she kept the needle inserted (I believe with blend it should be about 6-7 seconds or so?), because I only felt the pin-like feeling for a second at a time and she moved quite fast it seems. She wants me to come in after a week for the second treatment. I did notice she was plucking some of the finer hairs. HOWEVER, my skin did not react in any negative way, so that’s good? I just do not want to waste my time or money and am looking for some feedback on what to watch for.