Hi everyone it’s nice meet you all.
I’m curious about the amount of pain following each zap of the electrolysis probe and if there is a lot it means the death or at the very least severe damaging of that follicle or not? Also I want your opinions on whether my electrolysis practitioner is doing a decent job. (I live in Australia and they are the only electrolysis centre in a 200km radius)
Now to give a little history I’m a Mtf and have been on hrt for 5 months now and because of this my skin is a lot more soft and sensitive that it once was. I started electrolysis about 3 months ago (13hrs so far, 8 sessions) after 10 sessions of laser and my electrolysis (30+ years experience) uses the Galvanic method (though I never have to hold a metal probe is there a reason why?).
She usually starts with my upper lip left then right then proceeds to ice it before moving onto more broad areas like my chin and under jaw. Before starting she swabs the area with an alcohol wipe. On average I believe she gets 400-500 hairs per hr and about 100-150 of those I usually feel a slight bit of resistance (Usually the dark, really coarse ones) so I never count them as fully dead though since the damage is cumulative I don’t mind as they will die eventually. Afterwards my face is a little hot and red but that usually last for a couple hrs max. The cost is $85 per hr so it’s affordable which is a big plus.
Now the pain rating for me is as follows.
Upper lip (8-9) Emla cream takes this down to a 3-5 usually.
Under Jaw (4-7)
So back to my original questions is the pain and indicator of effective treating of the follicles and do you believe my electrolysis is doing a decent job? I am noticing my hair is getting a lot sparser.
P.s I usually stop shaving to let the hair grow out 4 days before each session. The hairs are usually 1-2mm in length.