All this and more is why I have said that a pro (who really knows what she or he is doing) is the best option. More hairs per hour, even if you have more time than money.
If you insist on do-it-yourselfing, please recruit a friend or loved one to learn the insertion process, and invest in at least a circle lamp so that person can see the follicle openings well enough to make proper insertions. The skin you save will be your own.
When insertions are made correctly, and with the correct sized probe/needle there is no need to “push past obstructions” for most people. This is yet another point about self-inflicted-electrology; You don’t have the dexterity to make a proper reverse insertion on most places you want treated. You are also frequently working one handed. Finally, your vision is not best, because you are looking in a mirror, (reversed image) and not looking at a properly enlarged image of something in front of you allowing you to make the insertion without awkward attempts at dexterity that would not be needed in a forward motion.
The good news, the thing you are using is so low power that you would have to hold it in for a long, long time to get really serious permanent damage. Don’t get me wrong, you can give yourself permanent damage with this unit. Most people however, don’t hold it in long enough. The most likely thing a person using this system will do is a bad insertion, coupled with too little time in the follicle, and then pluck the half cooked hair out, for a service not much better than simple plucking alone. All this and it takes longer than anything else one could have done to remove the hair.
Get a friend to help you. Both of you read electrolysis books to learn what you need to know about doing this, and you will both get better treatment for your trouble.
[ January 15, 2003, 03:47 PM: Message edited by: James W. Walker VII, CPE ]