Questions before I start

Sorry that sounds clueless. I have actually spent lots of time reading over these boards and printing out the questions to ask my electrologist. I was considering laser but it really sounds like electrolysis has a far better chance to make me happy in the long run <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I owe that to all the great posters here, thank you.

My problem is this: most seem to start with face areas, then may move on to larger or “private” areas. I am mainly concerned with bikini area. Is that strange?

Is there anything to know, or anything different, about treating this area? I dont want a brazilian or anything. I just want to be able to wear a swimsuit in public. Are there any sort of “standards” for what areas get cleared (sorry if that makes no sense), or is it just something my elec. and I will work out as we go along?

If I can get a test patch done, where would it be done? I certainly dont expect it to be bikini area “on the first date” so to speak <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Is there any benefit to starting out electrolysis with a different area? For me, it sounds best to start with the bikini area anyway (in case of problems) since that area already doesn’t see the light of day. sigh

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Although I have no problem with “going all the way on a first date” as you say, many electrologists do, especially if you are a guy.

Depending on many factors, you may need anything from nothing, to a topical to a numbing shot to effect treatment in this area.

You may want to have some test hairs removed from other areas just so you know what hair removal from other more frequently treated areas feels like.

You may also have to call around to see who is willing to do that in your area. I caution you however, many electrologists will only do bikini work on someone they have already worked on in other more public areas.

It’s not “strange” as you said, to want to do only your bikini. That just means you don’t have unwanted hair but only natural growth. Most people here have hair in places where they should not “normally” be grwing hair, and since most women are disturbed by the hair on their face, they start there. There are no standards, but James is right that some people may not want to agree to doing a genital area untill they have met you.

I called people and asked them right out if they have done and will do a brazilian b/c it was very important for me not to waste my time going to consultations with peope who would not ultimately do what i wanted. but in your case i think it will be easier to find professionals who will do the bikini lines.

James, since you mentioned a numbing shot, where might you get one? I know my electrologist doesn’t give them and I asked my dentist (for my upper lip) and he said that it’s illegal do to that.

Many dentists do them, and some people have arrangements with other professionals who provide that service. Some doctors, or nurses will do it for you as well. You just have to check in your area to see what is available to you.