Beate, I am fortunate that in Spring 2010 I had surgery to remove my gall bladder. After this surgery, I received a much higher quantity of hydrocodone than I required. I have a high threshhold of pain, and I discontinued taking the vicodin only two days after my surgery. I keep it refrigerated, and only use it for pain when absolutely necessary. It causes horrible problems like constipation and depression when taken too frequently or for too long a time. I ordinarily take one half a tablet (250 mg) for treating most areas, but this session was longer (two hours) and in such a sensitive area, I took an entire tablet (500 mg).
Some people have concerns an antihistamine causes too much drying of the skin for electrolysis to be effective. In my case, without using it I would experience extreme swelling for many hours following electrolysis. I consume large quantities of water for several hours before treatment, and keep a warm, wet wash cloth against the areas to be treated until only minutes before my appointment. Until this two-hour session for my upper lip, I’ve experienced only very minor swelling that typically resolves in 60 to 90 minutes. The swelling persisted overnight and for several hours the next day, but I believe 50% of this swelling was due to the electrologist pinching the upper lip to obtain better insertions.
I have three distinct types of hair in my beard and mustache: black, red, and white. The follicles and hairs are rooted in varying directions, rather than following any general trend or pattern. Finally, these hairs have very deep curved roots, and my electrologist is to be congratulated for her skill and expertise in treating me with good speed. I have absolutely no complaints regarding any work performed in the last few weeks.
I’m looking forward to next Tuesday, when we’ll remove the final 50 to 100 hairs from my upper lip, providing first clearance there. There has been some very fine secondary growth in the areas already treated, but nothing like the original hairs. In fact, those may only be finer hairs that have never been treated yet, only visible now after the coarse hair has been removed.