My Progress

Hi all. I’m about to step in to a full electrolysis schedule and want to keep everyone updated as much as I can. I thought I would start one post that I will add on to continually rather than starting a new one every time. Below you will find my posting from another thread about my first consultation (I just cut and pasted so it would all be together) and then the information of my second consult.

I like both of the women I went to so I listed both of them in the referral section! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Ready? Here we go!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Original Post Date 1/18/05
Well, I took the step and had my first consultation and a bit of electrolysis today. I really like the lady I went to. She is very personable, very honest, and explained everything to me. Luckily I knew most of it already from reading so much here but it was nice to hear it and see it (she pointed things out on a giant poster). She said her ultimate goal is to do as much as possible at first to get to the first total clearance in the shortest amount of time. That was what I wanted to hear!

We did 40 minutes on me to give it a try. She uses all 3 methods and said she’ll experiment and see what works best on me and I honestly am not sure what she used today. She swiped the area with alcohol and then a local anesthetic and she said I could ask for more of that at any time. She started out on a setting of 5 (which she forgot to turn down, said she usually starts at 3) and that was very tolerable for me. I felt a slight sensation when she inserted the probe (she uses disposable probes and gloves when she works)and I could feel the tugging of the hair on a few, it was the most painful part but I don’t think it was tweezing?? She said I was feeling that because MANY of the hairs were in the resting stage which is not the optimal stage but it must be done to get to clearance. I could tell some of them she would pull and if they wouldn’t release she would insert the probe again which I’m guessing is a good thing. She did quite a bit on my chin (which I would say is already halfway to a clearance or at least it looks that way, she seems to go pretty fast) and she just kind of did some here and there I think to see how my skin is going to react.

Afterwards she put on some witch hazel and explained all the after care. She said no make up for at least 24 hours and gave me the option of purchasing that liquid makeup I’ve heard about on here. I had a few spots that were a little red and puffy about 10 minutes afterwards but by the time I got home (hour later) that was gone. I can see maybe 5 or 6 TINY red dots in a few spots but otherwise my skin looks great (minus the unshaven hair that is bugging the BLEEP out of me right now

She has A LOT of clients so I’m assuming she must be pretty good, but, it’s just my first one so I have nothing to compare it to She works out of her home and the office was very clean and pleasant. She had music on in the background and she is very personable so we talked a lot and it made the time fly by and I think it made things more tolerable.

I go back to her next thursday for another hour and we’ll see how that goes. Right now she’s the only one I can get in to so I’m giving her a try. Hopefully in the next two weeks I can try out another one in the area and have some sort of comparison.

I did take my before pictures today and am going to keep track as I progress and I’ll be sure to share.

If anyone has anything to offer, especially advice, that’d be GREAT!

Good luck everyone,

Ok, I didn’t go to that same woman today as I was able to get an appointment with another electrologist.

Again, another great lady. She has been an electrolgist for 19 years. She does blend because she personally has a higher kill rate with this and hence less regrowth. She didn’t explain electrolysis to me since I already had the basic knowledge from my other consultation, but, she did explain how her machine works. Her machine (I apologize, I cannot remember the name) has a nice cooling tip which takes some of the sting out. She does several hairs at once, stops, removes the hair, and goes again. She stopped to show me how my skin would react (like little mosquito bites for about an hour) just so I would know and wouldn’t be concerned. She swabbed the area with alcohol, showed me her disposable probes and made me watch her put it together (and throw it away when she was done) and she uses gloves as well. She uses 100X magnification with halogen lights in which case she gave me goggles (again, watched her clean them) to put on since it’s BLINDING! This lady is also VERY fast. In 30 minutes she cleared my cheeks (just a few strays, but more than I could see…I thought there were like 3 or 4 on each side but she must have attacked at least 10 on each side!) and one side of my chin COMPLETELY. She stopped every so often to have me look in the mirror and see if I wanted to move to another area. She had me feel the area to see how smooth it was. I really like her. My skin looks awesome. I have one TINY mark on my chin where blood must have been drawn, but otherwise you can’t tell I had anything done at all. I felt the sensation of the probe a lot more this time, but, I only felt a “tweeze” ONCE in the entire half our and she did A LOT of hair. She is a talker so it made the time fly by and she would stop every now and then to explain any new sensation at all.
She said she likes to start out with 2 hours a time one or 2 days a week to get to that first clearance as fast as possible.

I am going to go to her since she is half the distance and half the cost and seemed faster to me. She charges $40 an hour and is approx 30 minutes from me. The other woman is about 50-55 minutes and charges $73 an hour.

So, I go back next thursday for my first full session. I am booked for 2 hours and she thinks we may be able to get about half of my face done (apparentally there isn’t AS much as I thought…go figure <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />).

Good luck to everyone. I plan on adding pictures online soon to help further see my progress. I hope that my keeping track of my progress will help others take the leap! It can be fixed, you just have to help make it happen! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


Well almost 24 hours after my consultation with the blend, my skin is looking good! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> There are no visual signs of anything on my cheeks (YAY! NO HAIR!!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> ) and just a few little spots on my chin. It mainly looks like a normal skin break out, just smaller. I think there are 2 spots. I’m not over concerned about it. Also, this time there is no soreness. With the other lady my chin hurt to the slightest bit of pressure and this time it’s completely fine!

Lastnight I washed my face with antiseptic soap and applied tea tree oil…really stinks but felt really good. I am going to wait a bit longer before I shave, just to give it a little more time.

Looking forward to my 2 hours next week!!


If anyone has an questions or comments you can certainly post, I didn’t intend this thread to sound like ONLY mine! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Keep the information coming. We need more people to give us this type of info so people see that there really are people who find good practitioners and get their full job completed and maybe add some more areas to be treated to their list before they are done.

Thanks for the encouragement, James! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

Well, today I had my first long session. I went for 2 hours with the women that does blend. It wasn’t too bad, but it seems to hurt more now than the first time did. I guess it’s probably that I was expecting it to be much more painful than it was at first.

Anyway, she asked me where to start and again I went with the strays on the cheeks (maybe 7 or so on each side, this absolutely hurts THE most) and then we went to my chin and then the left side of my face. I chose to start on the left as it seems to grow slower than the right and when I shave I always get severe bumps, burns, and marks there because it’s not really long enough. She said she can see that. We have a GREAT start on it. My chin is TOTALLY cleared (both sides and underneath)and we have a VERY nice start on the left side. You can visually see a difference as well as feel it.

Again, I watched her sterilize everything, I had the BLINDING halogen light on me so I had the goggles on, she wore gloves, and we chatted the whole time. The entire 2 hours went VERY fast. She would stop every so often and let me see in the mirror how well it was coming along, and have me touch it with clean hands to see how smooth my skin was. It’s kind of nice because it reinforces to me that it’s WORTH it in the end!

At the end of the 2 hours she cleaned it off again and put on some cooling stuff, I think it was witch hazel, and I scheduled another appointment. The way my schedule worked out at work I have 10 days off and I intend to go as much as I can in that length of time. I am going for 2 hours this saturday and 2 hours on monday also. We are going to wait until Monday to sched me another one because she thinks we will have made a HUGE dent by the end of our session monday and I may only need an hour or so after that.

When I left my skin wasn’t looking so nice. It looked like I got in a fight with a cheese grater and the cheese grater won (ok, over-exaggeration <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> ) but seriously, it was very red and bumpy, some spots had blood. I left there at 1 pm and I got home around 3:30 pm (just because I had some things to do before I could get back) and I washed my face with some dial soap and I applied tea tree oil to the entire area. My skin is looking fine now. Can’t tell I had anything done. Where the hair is gone looks so wonderful. It’s really soft (and looks soft too), has a nice rosy color, and just feels so wonderful it’s really hard NOT to touch it! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I know I’m not suppose to tho <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

Anyway, that’s the update for today. I’ll try to update how my skin is in a few days from this intense treatment and also how my next 4 hours worth go. So far I’ve had 3 hours and 10 minutes of treatment time all together and I’m seeing an improvement, not huge, but it’s there. I really see that it’s going to be a long road, you just have to be dedicated and really stick with it. If you go in thinking it’s a one or two time thing, you are going to be very disappointed. It’s definitely going to work tho! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Good luck everyone,

24+ hours post first intense treatment(2 hours) my skin is doing well. I had to leave much earlier than normal this morning so I was not able to give it 24 hours before I shaved or applied makeup <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> but despite that it looks good. Even with the reltively small area (in the scheme of things) done, shaving was much faster. My skin tone looks wonderful, I didn’t realize I had such nice looking skin under the fur! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> In the treated areas there are a few red bumps here and there and it feels slighty rough to the touch, basically a normal skin break out in my opinion. I am washing with antibacterial soap and applying tea tree oil 2 to 3 times a day. I have another 2 hour session tomorrow and one on Monday so I’m not giving it a lot of time to heal, but that’s ok, I want that first clearance ASAP so I’m willing to deal wth a few minor skin blemishes. To me, personally, that’s nothing compared to the moritification of being a female with a beard!

Had my 2nd 2 hour treatment yesterday. That brings treatment time total to 5 hours 10 minutes. So far, so good. My chin is pretty much cleared on both sides (like one or two here and there still remain) and we started working mostly on the left side as that tends to grow slower and causes me lots of problems when I shave (burns, bumps, etc). There’s a good size portion of that from under the chin over towards the left clear. Very visual results at this point. This time the skin is tender and red and does have some bumps. Looks similar to a razor burn. This area has never ever been plucked. I used to use depilatories back in the day before they stopped working, but other than that, it’s all been razor. I wonder if that’s part of the reaction. My chin has been great but I used to tweeze it to death so it’s maybe toughened up a bit. Just a thought! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Anyway, I go again tomorrow for 2 hours and I’m thinking I may have her move to the other side to give this one a bit more healing time. It’s satisfactory for shaving now (the painful part is cleared, don’t have to touch it with a razor) so I am OK with going to another area.

Good luck everyone,

The best part is this type of intense work up front will lead to getting to the shorter sessions, spaced farther apart much sooner than just a little at a time every week. The total clearance time and cost will be less this way as well. It is just a lot up front, and tappers off in a short time.

After doing a lot of reading on this board (and I mean A LOT) I realized that I wanted to do as much up front as I could. I actually understood that would end up being cheaper in the long run (no offense to anyone, but some people can’t seem to grasp that) so that’s why I’ve been off and running with two to three 2 hour long appointments since starting. The great thing is, the lady I go to had the same goal in mind. I feel like we are part of a team and that’s awesome! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Unfortunantely we had bad weather yesterday so I wasn’t able to get to my appointment. I am going on thursday for 2 hours tho and then next week probably monday, tuesday, and wednesday for 2 hours at a time (or maybe not, depending on how my skin is doing). My skin is looking pretty good. I’ve been applying tea tree oil at night and aloe during the day but it seems dry/flaky (which I contribue possibly to the tea tree oil, my skin can be sensitive to some things, also the use of alcohol to sterilize my skin). It’s been 4 days since my last treatment so I think I may go back to the mild moisturizer I use. A few hairs are popping up on my chin again which is discouraging but I do know that it is new hair that wasn’t visible before! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> It has been approx 2 weeks since we’ve really done anything to the chin, so, it makes sense.

Just wanted to give a brief update. I’ll post again after thursday.

Good luck everyone,

A big thank you sav for updating us. I’ve been watching for your posts to see how you are doing. You have a great grasp on things and will do well.

If you are using alcohol to clean your skin, that is more likely to be the cause of dry, flakey skin rather than the tea tree oil. Perhaps you could switch to witch hazel which is 14% alcohol or use Cetaphil or Purpose soaps.


Thanks, Dee! I am happy to keep an update as I know I always liked to read that sort of thing when I was still trying to figure out what method I wanted to go with!

I apologize for confusion, I meant she uses alcohol to sterilize my skin before she begins. I don’t touch it with it afterwards, but as I mentioned my skin can be sensitive to some things. I’d like to use witch hazel (that’s what she uses there) but have been unable to find that anywhere. I’ve stopped the tea tree oil for the last 2 days and have done just aloe (and lots of it) and things are much improved today. It could also be my fault as the other day after my appointment I didn’t give it any time to heal before I shaved (I ended up having to go out and I was not about to leave the house without being clean shaven <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> ) so I think that really irritated it. I REFUSE to do that again. It’s back to giving it 24 hours after treatment before I touch any part of it with a razor! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


I also have really sensitive skin. The tea tree oil made it flaming red and sometimes it lasted for more than a day. I stopped using it regularly (only on the first night after a treatment, before going to bed) and the reaction really calmed down. I just use witch hazel and tons of aloe gel. If a spot looks a little irritated or red, I’ll put a dab of antibiotic cream on it (not ointment, that will clog your open pore).

Witch hazel is a super common item. You should be able to find it with no problem in a drug store or a large supermarket or superstore.

i like reading your posts. it’s also good for me to remind me of how far i’ve come <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> and to see how we all do with this.
susie <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

p.s. My skin also got super dried out. I always thought it was from the tea tree oil too, plus that i wasn’t putting any moisturizer on it. The aloe gel helps a little with that.

I use lots and lots of pure vitamine E oil (i pop vitamine E capsules that i buy from the vitamin section at the grocery store) b/c of its moisturizing and skin regenrative qualities.

I love it but some people may mind the smell of vitamine E and the feel of an oily skin, i don’t know.

That’s because natural vitamin e is usually a powder. The capsules contain oil that is frequently a fish oil. It is possible to find dry vitamin e, that you could add to your aloe vera.

You should also keep in mind that you want to build good skin from the inside out as well, just like you want to moisturize from the inside out. Take some of those vitamin capsules as well, just like you drink your water every day.

That’s because natural vitamin e is usually a powder. The capsules contain oil that is frequently a fish oil.

A-HA!!! I always wondered how come a “pure” vitamin comes in an oil form [image][/image]. I figured that since in nature fatty acids serve as solvent for a lot of vitamins, that must be the explanation. I never bothered researching it.

thanks for the info. explains the nasty smell [image][/image]

Hi all. I had another 2 hour appointment today. This brings total time to 7 hours, 10 minutes.

Things went well. It hurt a lot less this time than it did on Saturday. Just out of curiosity, does anyone notice it to be substantially more painful during your period? I sure did! Sorry if that offends anyone, just an observation.

Time FLEW by today. We did a lot on the left side again. There were some hairs that were on my chin again, obviously new growth that wasn’t there before! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> She touched those up, and went up the side burn area, and really all over. You can no longer really visibly see the hair (at least not much) on the left side, however, you can feel some so it’s still there.It feels like MUCH less than the right side, which has yet to be touched.

My skin is kind of irritated today, but, as it usually does, should be cleared by tomorrow. I’ve laid off the tea tree oil for a couple of days and stuck to aloe and my moisturizer and the flakiness went away. After today’s appointment I did apply some tea tree oil, but minimal amount, because it makes it feel a lot better.

I have three 2 hour appointments set up for next week, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. She wrote me in for 2 hours on wednesday but thinks we may not need that much time. I may be at full clearance on BOTH sides then! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> If that’s the case I’ll move on to the upper lip (groan) <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> and the few strays I have on my chest and prehaps the breasts. Those areas all have minimal amounts of hair (compared to my face anyway).

That’s it for now. I’m working on getting my pictures posted as I’m typing this (waiting for them to upload) and I’ll get those posted as soon as I can! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> )


Here are some pictures I’ve finally gotten up. I tried to put it together in webpage format but I swear they have made the so-called “simple” format much harder and frustrating than it EVER was before!

If that doesn’t work, the pictures are pages:

They may not be currently working because of some jargon I don’t quite get but as the msg says “It should be available in an hour” <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

They don’t work b/c there is a limit to how many times a yahoo page can be accessed and the images downloaded into each person’s temp folder. Since you just posted the links, more than the allowed number of people have already looked at them, and so it locks the page <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Pictures seem to be working now, anyone having any problems? I’ll work on something else, maybe I will send them to you Ivelina, will let you know! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Just a quick update. My skin looks really good. There are some red bumps but I’m positive it’s just normal shaving irritation as it is gone by evening. I can tell a huge difference from the left to the right side. We went out lastnight and I didn’t have to worry about the left side at all…couldn’t feel any growth while on the right side (hasn’t been touched yet) I could feel/see a bit of growth and had to mutilate my skin to shave again because God forbid anyone shall see it! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> Hopefully this week I’ll have full clearance on at least the left side, and be pretty close on the right. I have my next 2 hour appointment tomorrow, will update then.


I clicked on the link and I saw a notebook page come up with what you wrote, but there were no pics. Suddenly, the page disappeared and I got a geocities error page that said:

Sorry, this site is temporarily unavailable!

The web site you are trying to access has exceeded its allocated data transfer.

All the other page links give the same error page.
the web may not be working, but at least your electrology is! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />