Thanks everyone for the replies. Can’t believe how confusing all this is. The doctor at local hospital wasn’t optimistic - even though I’ve fairly light skin and dark coarse hair. He also said the back was the most painful place on the body to have it done, which surprised me, so I’m not too confident about using a laser. (And if, as you say, practitioner skill is all important it sounds like my doctor isn’t either!!).
I’m trying the local electrolysis place next week to see what they say…I’m assuming (hoping) James when you say permanent you mean for life…
Out of curiosity I went along to the Plasmalite “clinic” (yeh right) which promised miracles… Turned out to be a double-glazing windows shop with a Plasmalite poster on the door! I didn’t stay long…
Just to say again Andrea what a great site this is. By the way, while I was surfing around it I came across that obnoxious Christmas message you received. What a prat that man was. I thought you were totally justified (and very restrained) in your response. I’m sure it won’t anyway, but please don’t let fools like him deter you from running this site just the way it is and helping so many people. It’s certainly worth a few quid for your cats! thanks again
PS - I work in a tv station and spotted this on the news wires this morning. may interest people… At least shaving is good for you apparently…
DAILY SHAVE `HELPS CUTS RISK OF STROKE’
By John Bingham, PA News
Men who do not need to shave every day are 70% more likely to suffer a stroke
than those who do, a 20-year study showed today.
The research carried out by Bristol University’s department of social medicine
and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, examined facial hair
growth and coronary heart disease and strokes.
A sample of 2,438 men from Caerphilly, south Wales, were asked how often they
needed to shave.
Their susceptibility to heart disease and strokes was then monitored over a
While the study found that those who did not shave every day were also more
likely to smoke, less likely to be married and more likely to do manual work,
even after adjusting for these factors, they were 70% more likely to suffer
strokes and 30% more likely to die from any cause.
Professor Shah Ebrahim, who led the research, said: “The increased risk of
stroke did not disappear when we adjusted for possible other underlying
He added: "The association between infrequent shaving and death is probably
due to underlying smoking and social factors, but a small hormonal effect may
“However, the relation with stroke events remains unexplained by smoking or
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