On 30 June 1997, FDA sent a warning letter to Inverness, maker of the One Touch device. (97-NWJ-41) FDA cites them for not maintaining Medical Device Reports when consumers were injured. Some complaints were for an at-home ear-piercing device, while others were for the One Touch:
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> A. Complainant [edited], dated 4/30/96, who received small burns and permanent scarring on both of her legs, subsequent to using the "One Touch" electrolysis product.
B. Complainant [edited], dated 3/22/96, who suffered irritation and scarring on her shin after utilizing the electrolysis device.
C. Complainant [edited], dated 9/11/95, who suffered scarring on her ankles and abdomen area, subsequent to utilizing your “One ouch” electrolysis kit.</font><hr /></blockquote><font size=“2” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The reason I do not recommend home electrolysis is because the likelihood of scarring outweighs the possible benefit of permanent hair removal, in my opinion. These devices are difficult to use properly and will cause scarring if used incorrectly. To me, that’s worse than having unwanted hair. The risks are even higher with the face, which everyone will see, so consider carefully before attempting this on your face. I’d practice a while elsewhere before doing work on the face.
This is not to say it can’t be done, but to say that for many, it’s worth the money to go to a pro recommended by someone who is done and happy.
Thanks to reader rosefire for the research on this!
[ July 19, 2002, 11:44 AM: Message edited by: Andrea ]