Once again, what you ask seems like a simple question to answer, but is not as simple as it may seem.
The reason we discuss electrolysis times in hairs per square centimeter, or square inch and hairs per hour is each person has a unique hair pattern. While one person has 15 hairs per square centimeter, the next may have 100 hairs per centimeter. While one combination of equipment and techniques may yield 4 possible hairs per square inch of treatment in an appointment, others may allow 100 hairs treated per square inch per treatment. While one person may have nice neat rows of hairs that all face the same direction and may all be inserted with a simple pivot motion, others have hairs growing literally east and west, and or ingrown hairs that need to be lifted out prior to treatment.
Although a good rule of thumb is that one should be able to get about the size of the palm of your hand cleared in thermolysis, this rule is practically useless in practice because it doesn’t consider the number of hairs in the treatment area on the person being treated, the skill of the electrologist, the equipment being utilized, the sensitivity of the skin to treatment, or the particular work rate that is possible for each client to receive treatment from the particular electrologist who is working on that person. All these things are variable.
The amount of hair I could remove from one person would vary depending on what equipment I was using. Two people who had the same number of hairs per square inch would have different clearance rates based on the way their individual hairs grow (thickness, direction, follicle distortions, etc.). The same person would receive different rates of clearance from two different electrologists working the same area with the same equipment.
Simply put, there are too many variables to give you some iron clad pronouncement on what should be expected. This is why we have consultations and sample treatments. We need to understand what your particular hair problem is, and how the particular electrologist you are working with can help you, and what YOU PERSONALLY can expect. Over the phone, we can’t judge any of that.
As far as Tina Marie’s results are concerned. You can’t really understand what you see on that site without first looking at the first page in that series of pages, that includes the stats. ( http://www.geocities.com/tinamarie022/Hair.html )
From that you will see that on the first appointment we cleared out nearly 2,000 hairs in 3 hours. (For some people, this would have represented more hair than they have on their entire face!) From this point on, the cheeks were kept cleared via electrolysis, and therefore appeared to be finished to anyone who was paying attention. At every treatment, we started with the cheeks, and worked our way out to other areas and so the area that looked finished grew, while adjacent areas simply looked thinned out until we managed to get to the point of clearing the entire face every time.
For some time, it was the priority to clear and maintain “The Mask Area” of the face at the expense of the areas in shadow under the chin and the neck area. Later, the face was for most purposes finished, and we turned our attention to the areas below the jawline in earnest.
So what you see here is how the place we started on, stayed clear as we progressed to thinning out the rest, and how the hair actually did stop growing in the areas that had received priority attention, in direct proportion to the attention given them, and that the area is now cleared out.
Tina promises to post new pictures soon to show how a year after we stopped focusing on the face area, there still is no hair growing, and that we now are only doing pick ups on the neck these days. Her current average appointment is 30 minutes or less of me nit-picking hairs that she for the most part doesn’t even notice, and she comes in once a month. We have even had appointments that lasted less than 15 minutes to clear the whole face. This from someone who started out with an average of between 400 and 500 hairs per square inch over the face and neck! Although our consultation test patch showed 385 hairs per square inch, we found that the areas near the jawline and under the lip and into the neck had closer to 500 hairs per square inch. <img border=“0” title="" alt="[Eek!]" src=“images/icons/shocked.gif” />
(by the way, here are her latest pictures
Can you see from this how one person can expect to be cleared out in the first appointment, and then have appointments 3 weeks apart, followed by 6 weeks apart, followed by 12 weeks apart, and then one last appointment 6 months later, while others have to go on a program that requires more treatment time, more frequently to cover the particular treatment areas they are specifically treating? <img border=“0” title="" alt="<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />" src=“images/icons/confused.gif” />
<small>[ February 28, 2004, 01:52 PM: Message edited by: James W. Walker VII, CPE ]</small>
It came to my attention that the pictures that Tina Marie had posted did not show the extent of the hair we started out with, due to the editing feature she used to obscure her identity. Now that she is finished, and full time, and no longer hiding any part of her story, I have secured permission to show you the unblurred version of the before picture previously used. I hope this helps those who thought we were working on a simple 100 hair per square inch job for all that time. http://www.executiveclearance.com/beforeandafter.html