Alright. I am another first timer who is freaking out! I went for an initial consultation with a recommended electrologist (she was also mentioned on this site as being highly qualified). I want the hair on my upper lip and the stray hairs on my chin gone and she did a trial treatment on these areas using short wave thermolysis with a gold insulated probe.
My hair is from my lovely Italian ancestry and the moment someone made fun of my moustache when I was thirteen, I shaved it off. Over the years, my routine became shave and then pluck the hairs that I could still feel with my fingers. I never knew plucking caused them to turn more coarse over the years until I started investigating electrolysis recently. I am now 36. Eesh.
I thought the initial consultation went ok. I didn’t really feel too much pain during the treatment - but afterward she said, “oh, I forgot to turn the blower on.” I had no idea what she meant and went on my merry way.
For a couple of days I had some red flat spots which didn’t sound unusual after going through previous posts here. However. After about three days, I noticed I had what looked like pimples to me - although they did not have whiteheads on them. There were about 6 of these bumps on the left side of my mouth. I called and she said I had an infection which concerned me seeing as how I did everything she told me to for aftercare. (ice for five minutes, wash with anti-bacterial soap, follow with hydrogen peroxide and top with pure aloe).
She had me come in to look at it the next day and said it wasn’t an infection after all and that she had “never had anyone react that way.” Then after a moment, she recanted. She said she used to see reactions like this with older machines and since she forgot to turn the “air blower” on it essentially made her newer machine like the older ones. Has anyone ever heard this?
Anyway - she told me not to worry, it would clear up. Which they did about 3 days later so I made an appointment for the actual first visit. I went this past Wednesday for 15 minutes. She turned on the blower and turned down the heat. I never felt plucking but did feel tugging. A couple of hairs she could not get out and said I had “plucking privilages” on those because the hair disappeared too quickly back into my skin and they would pop out in a couple of days. Again, has anyone else ever been told this? Problem is - I can’t remember exactly where those two plucking privilges are and I don’t want to pluck a wrong hair nor do I want them treated again next week.
Also, on the area under my nose it was really painful (I’ve never plucked there) and I smelled burning hair once which completely freaked me out. What was that, why did it happen and will I get a scar there?
Another issue: I could feel pricks in my skin several times. I didn’t know that was bad until I came back to this forum afterwards. I have no idea if I felt a prick as the needle went in or if I felt the prick when I was being zapped. Is there a difference? Could someone explain why this is bad and does it mean I will definitely have scarring or could skin recover from this?
I’m sorry - I know this is very long. My concern is whether or not I’m getting good treatment. I am so terrified of getting skin damage but also very depressed about having this hair. I know the answer will be to try many different electrologists but I think my concern will always be the same. How do I know if I’m getting good treatment when I am completely new at this? I have read it takes many months for scarring to show up. How do you know if something is done sooo wrong to your skin that you will get scarring? Can you ever know right away?
It is extremely difficult to put the fate of my skin in the hands of a stranger and going around from stranger to stranger ups my anxiety even more.
I should mention my skin reaction this time around. Even after the burning smell, pricks and hairs she couldn’t get…my skin seemed to do ok. No pimples - just a few red spots again which seem to be disappearing. I have one tiny scab on my upper lip - but not where I had the blow out.
I am not following her aftercare, though. It seemed too harsh. I am using tea tree and aloe now.
If someone thinks my experience sounds fishy - please let me know. I can’t find any info on the other electrologists in my area (absolutely none) and would hate to just go out there on blind faith.
thanks so much.