I’m new to this board and to electrolysis. I started my electrolysis treatments last week and I received my second treatment yesterday.
First, a bit about me. I am a 23-yr-old hispanic female living in Brooklyn, NY. I have insulin resistance which causes the symptoms collectively known as Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome (PCOS): irregular periods, thyroid problems, acne, and of course hirutism. I have coarse dark hairs scattered on my face and neck, the worst areas being my chin, under my chin, and jawline. I also have some coarse body hairs on my belly. I pretty much have hair like an adolescent boy. Since I have started taking metformin, hair growth has slowed down a bit, from where I was plucking everyday for 45 minutes, and now it’s down to 30 minutes.
I started electrolysis because 1) I’m afraid of permanent scarring and hyperpigmentation from plucking, like my mother has on her chin; 2) laser doesn’t work on me, I tried it for 7 treatments and nothing; and 3) I’m just tired of the damn hair!
I went to a spa center specializing in hair removal, based on a recommendation from a member at a PCOS messageboard that I visit daily. It’s convenient in cost and area. It’s in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, and for 30 minutes it’s $35. I went in for a consultation and tried it for 15 minutes. The electrolysist who saw me has more than 25 years of experience (graduated from Berkowitz School of Electrolysis in 1979!). She was very cool and fast. She uses the thermolysis (spelling?) method, which I prefer because I don’t like the idea of a lye solution going into my skin and potentially scarring me.
She was surprised by the strength of my hair follicles. She hasn’t seen hair follicles that strong in a while and most of her clients are male-to-female transsexuals (yeah, I sure did feel peachy after she told me that <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> )! She had to adjust the machine’s settings on certain spots on my face (jawline, neck, and chin), because she doesn’t want to zap the follicle too many times and cause damage.
I didn’t find it too painful, it was tolerable. Towards the end of the treatment, however, it was getting uncomfortable. After the first treatment, I was red for a while, and I had a few scabs, but that cleared up in two days. After the second treatment, I was also red, and I was in more pain due to the higher settings. But I have way less scabs today; I only see one. The area is still a bit sensitive though. I was expecting to see some whiteheads forming (as other people that I know have gotten), but I have none so far.
I can’t report on effectiveness yet, since I only went to two sessions. However, I am planning to increase my visits to two times a week, I obviously need at least an hour’s worth of work on my whole face. For numbing, she told me a little secret: instead of purchasing a $50 numbing cream, she told me to buy Baby Ora-jel, an OTC anesthetic teething gel to relief gum pain (anyone have any thoughts on that?).
I will report on my treatments as time progresses.
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