I get so into reading some of these excellently informative posts that I go days without posting. But since now I have my own pro-machine I want to say that all these tips on books, lamps, magnifiers, and hints are so motivating to cough up more cash to donate to this board as it has given so much to me.
Anyway, the Bono book is a tough cookie to find. Amazon has something like two copies for $175 each. I’m seriously considering buying it at that price because waiting for it to appear elsewhere seems like it’s never going to happen. I wanted to read it before I start.
I’ve gone through all the manuals I received with the machine and learned how to adjust all the parameters. I’ve learned that understanding the machine completely is a pure necessity. As mentioned by James, a programmable machine with presets really helps the beginner. I think getting started with something like a Hinkle Classic or Instatron, with the two analog knobs, that may have came with no manuals would be far harder to start out with.
I have a video that was given to me when I purchased the machine and apparently Silhouet Tone has more instructional items that can be purchased. Videos/ DVD’s are great and are very, very helpful. Use of the machine is okay learning from the book, theory is best learned through a book as well, but improvement in actual technique can really takes watching a pro-level operator which the DVD’s help alot!. I watch my Electrologists hands very carefully, finger positioning, angle, speed, movement with the tweezers. I’ve practiced on a banana to get the pedal feeling down, and don’t plan on using Sensor/Delay until 30 minutes with all first attempts completed can be accomplished(unrealistic?). This is all with galvanic of course, because now, studying on how Thermolysis/Superflash depends so much on good, close insertions, I see it’s something left to later days. This is only with magnifying reading glasses and a flourescent light on a swingarm, latex gloves, and with the patient (the banana) on the kitchen table.
My next purchases are going to be a magnification headset, a good, solid swingarm lamp with the high intensity light bulb that James recommended, and a cart for the machine. At first I thought it could just be set on a small table, but the low stable cart/tray with rollers now seems like something of a necessity. I do not want this thing to ever tip over or get bumped as the machines are set to a calibration that needs to be rechecked every so often, and I need a place to put the accessories, needles, and mount a good sturdy swing arm light.
I think this is definitely something to work at to get that confidence in performing those good, clean, first attempt insertions down, but do feel it’s something realistic. Other beginners reading this should keep in mind I have a formal medical background and experience working with advanced equipment, and a healthy supply of caution. I just wish there was a course I could take somewhere other than the Long Beach, California school 150 miles to the north. I really wouldn’t dream of stopping my visits to my electrologist, and she is always helpful in giving out advice.
Personally? I think the American Electrology Association should takes steps to promote their science. Already sharing customers from the the laser and wax markets, making people take massage and beauty courses, if they can get to a school, seems an unneccessary hinderance. It should be offered at the junior college level, and maybe one JC per city, like police academies or Physical Therapy Assistant courses. I think in making it an exclusive profession, they’ve haven’t positioned themselves for growth. There’s no more than ten electrologist available in San Diego, and it’s such a time intensive trade. This scarcity is what makes some consider buying their own machines.
Anyway, just my thoughts now that I’ve come to learn more about the trade, the skill, and the machines.
Items gathered from some posts by DIY, James, Dee, Rhonda, and myself that are on the necessary list:
A good machine that an operator has complete knowledge of it’s operation and settings
#3 Needles (I have Ballets, my Electrologist uses them as well)
A sturdy swivelling lamp with a very bright white light
Reading glasses (1x)
Binocoulars (aka ‘Loupes’) 1x or 2x (?)
A cart to put all this stuff and keep it stored in good working order.
Alcohol with a sterile container for swabs
A little red sharps disposal
…and no coffee, or funny movies on TV