Electrolysis at Lucy Peters

I’m considering in going and get my face treated at lucy peters in NY after a horrible laser experience which made things worse after like 13 treatments . I just want to know if this is a really good place to go.

They do provide permanent hair removal.

You can get good work for less than they charge in that geographic area, however, that practice has been there for decades.

They are not the Alpha and Omega of the industry, as they might want you to believe. (and I don’t think I am either, just for those who need to hear me say that <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />)

I’m far away, geographically, and there are none of these franchises in my area, so I feel free to post this.

I would do more research in choosing an electrologist. Find an electrologist who had more training than is provided by a franchise. Notice that these franchises are NOT in licensed states. There is a reason for this! I agree with James on this one.

Thanks for saying what might get me branded for bad mouthing competition in my own state, had I said it… of course, the average person doesn’t know that New York is such a large state, that the distance between me and the nearest Lucy Peters International is somewhere between 7 and 8 hours drive.<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />

To be fair, there are usually no franchises in licensed states because no corporation is willing to spend $25,000 on training and licensing someone who can walk out the door and compete with them, AND take some of their clients with them. Because of their advertising, the franchises are secure in having a steady flow of customers if they can provide practitioners to fill the billable hours. In a licensed state, the economics are such that, one would literally be empowering someone with something they could not have obtained so easily on their own, in addition to not being able to turn around students into productive assets to the business as quickly. In many states, a chain could not take a person from student to licensed electrologist in anything less than a year. That is a long time for On The Job Training that costs the company money the whole time regardless of the student/employee participation.

Even in unregulated states, it is no cake walk, as many people in unlicensed states have more work than they can keep up with, but little ability to add practitioners to the practice, and no time to train someone to join them, and those already trained are usually not interested in co-operation.

debbi, can you please provide more details about your laser experience?

  1. what type (color, coarseness etc) of hair and skin color and where did you have the hair?

  2. what laser and settings were used?

  3. how far were treatments spaced? Did you experience shedding of all treated hair every time? If not, what was your experience?

  4. where did you get this done and what does that clinic say about your “results”?

I have skin type IV with dark hair, the place I went used the Nd:YAG / GentleLase. They told me to continue with the treatments, I was treating my chin and upper lip and now I also have dark hairs all over my neck. It is very dissapointing. I really wish I never had LASER treatments on my face. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

I always tell people that I can’t see where it is worth the risk to do that on the face, but I am always accused of “just protecting my turff” when I say that.

These kind of posts pop up more frequently than I care to count. I really am awed by what laser can do for the underarms, bikini line and lower legs. For facial hair, a skilled electrolgist, with decent speed who can convince the client to stay on a good time schedule can ‘put those babies away’ forever and ever amen and for less cost with blessed assurance.


yeah, this is another example of someone with darker skin treating finer hair, i would also guess at lower end settings (esp if they used GentleLASE), which unfortunately too many laser “techs” don’t know enough NOT to do.

I faced the same problems with my laser treatment. I wanted to treat only little hair on my side burns, they said that they will reduce… in fact I have got hair all over my cheeks and neck. It is very disappointing and I wish I had not done that laser.
The clinic says that the laser has evoked a lot of dormant follicles, which were sleeping before they treated them. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

yes, that’s what happened BUT they should have not been money-hungry and treated only a few fine hairs that could have easily been eliminated with electrolysis without risking this. if the new hairs are now coarse and dark and you really have a lot, you can get more laser treatments at high settings to kill those. BUT if your hairs are fine and but just more numerous now, you should go with electrolysis to clear them.

Ansh, your risk is that the fine vellus hairs can be kicked into terminal hair phase (big, dark) hairs due to stimulation by the laser. People need to remember that Lasers put out high-powered irradiation, this can effect the hair’s papilla and hair bulge to do things it wouldn’t have normally done. Live and learn. It’s all correctable, but take the time to select a good electrologist that you can see on an ongoing basis.


Ansh, for your situation, laser is countereffective. you need electrolysis as explained in the other thread.

Yeah, I really regret getting laser done to my cheeks. I have traded a lot more hair just to get rid of few fine hair on my skin <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />. I think i ll search a good electrologist in my hair.
Is there anybody who is an electrologist in this Forum. Maybe they can beware me with the potential risks of getting electrolysis done on my face.
I m very scared.
And is there any specific age uptil which or after which one should do electrolysis. I m in my 20s

Thanx Lagirl. I guess I will take your suggestion and will gather enough courage to go to an electrologist.

there are many electrologists who post here, but you can find all the information you need just by reading the various consumer posts and previous answers. they’re all the same <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

No specific age actually. I’ve worked on early teens to an 88 year old woman. Go for it now (after you do your homework) and get this behind you.

If you’re scared, you’re not alone, many people are. I sure know I was when I had my first treatment as a teen many years ago. Just so you know, you have all of these great posters here on hairtell to encourage you and we all pitch in together to answer any of your questions the best we can and that can be hard sometimes, since we can’t see you!

Go ahead and do express that you are apprehensive to your electrologist as you will be developing a close relationship with her for several months and she needs to understand not only your hair problem but what you are feeling about all this.


I had my first electrolysis treatment yesterday, the electrologist was very nice and seems very skilled. The only problem is that today my skin looks a little bumpy and red with some white heads, I’m wondering if this will go away in few days. She also recommend to use bacitraycin on my chin. Please advice.


Yup, all will heal fine. Some people that develop these little whiteheads will surprisingly see that they just vanish after taking a shower.

Tell her about your reaction. I’m sure she scattered her work and didn’t overtreat your skin. Right? The first appointments can be a little rough for some people, but this is where you need to give your electrologist feedback and likewise do your part to take very good care of the treated area.


make sure to use proper aftercare, aloe vera, tea tree oil, witch hazel etc