Without seeing you personally, I can’t say what settings you need. Sorry.
Pulling and tugging? This is just one of those points that will get a room full of electrologists arguing and perhaps an ECW street fight will break out if we are not careful. I will only say that it is possible to treat a hair with the newer machines where you have in fact treated the lower portion of the follicle, without making enough room in the upper dermis for the large sheath system to come out without a “pop”. This hair is, however treated, and won’t come back as long as it is in anagen phase. Hairs in one of the shedding phases have less moisture, and tend to have large dry masses around the bottom of the “bulb” and those will also “pop” through the follcile opening. Turning up the power won’t treat these hairs any more than they already are. One just runs the risk of overtreating that area of skin.
The only definitive thing I can say is a “pop” is not always bad, but a tug that pulls like you feel when pulling an untreated follicle is just that: Pulling on an untreated follicle.
I can’t say anything bad about extended clearing sessions, as I do them myself. My average client begins with 3 hour sessions, sometimes more than one appointment per week. I can’t say much on Electrology 2000 because I don’t know what equipment they are using (they have never returned any of my emails on such questions) and it seems that they are practicing a technique of treating every follicle regardless of presence of hair or not. Needless to say, one looks like hamburger when this is done, but if speed of clearance is your number one priority, that is what you have to deal with.
When your electrologist of choice practices 2,000 miles away, you have to get as much work done as you can, when you can. When you find someone in a reasonable distance from you, you may have long appointments that reduce the hairs steadily and get you bare in 4 to six weeks. At that point you may be maintained in that clearance so that you look finished as you go about the process of getting to the point of permanently smooth skin that needs no further treatment.
Since you are in New York, you don’t have to even consider going to E-2000. You already have enough choices right here to finish your work once and for all.
Person’s with more than double the normal amount of male facial hair, really should not shoot for totally smooth bare skin in the first week of treatment (as done at E-2000) because the skin will be much more comfortable if it is thinned over 30 to 60 days. There also won’t be any reason to hide out bandaged up like the invisable man in a hotel room ordering room service to leave the tray at the door. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
<small>[ August 21, 2003, 02:02 PM: Message edited by: James W. Walker VII, CPE ]</small>
I can now report that E2000, now called E3000 uses epilators made by Instantron. In the hands of skilled practitioners, these are very effective machines, and can be comfortable. They can be less comfortable than other epilators if the practitioner’s skills are not top notch.