I’ve been to my first electrolysis “test” session today. The electrologist uses an INSTANTRON Elite Spectrum for electrolysis and prefers Thermolysis. She told me that she knows how to do blend, but prefers thermolysis as this is much faster. She also told me that on a local electrologists congress, another electrologist told her “if you get a transsexual in your office, it’s like hitting a jackpot - use blend or galvanic electrolysis as it takes longer, and you have a constant income.”
She said she wants to be honest, and doesn’t think blend or galvanic electrolysis are better than thermolysis, with thermolysis being even faster than the other two. As there is longer time for the lye to built up, Galvanic electrolysis may also result in scarring. She said it all depends on the practitioner.
Anyway - we did three test runs. Two on different areas of the face (cheek / chin) with thermolysis, another one (left to the chin) with blend.
When she used thermolysis, there was a slight tingling sensation, not “real pain”, as many say. It was unpleasant, but not as bad as the laser epilation that I did. Perhaps I am just imagining that, but I thought that I could actually feel that the hair was destroyed. Perhaps even skin tissue, which is my greatest fear.
What skin sensations are normal during thermolysis ?
Then she did blend. I didn’t feel anything; so compared to thermolysis, I thought to myself “ok… perhaps that’s the way to go”. The difference in timing was significant, though. 8 Seconds / hair for blend, 1 - 2 seconds for thermolysis.
Unfortunately, my skin reacted much more to blend than to thermolysis. Whereas the area treated with thermolysis was only a little swollen and red, the blend area had a real bump, which was very red.
Does the swelling give any indication on whether scarring will occur later on ?
Is there any way to see whether scarring will occur in 10 - 12 months after electrolysis? (I heard that for the scarring to become visible, it takes so long)
When looking at the results, she told me that she could reduce the intensity level at my chin area in order to make 100% sure that no scarring occurs, although she was already working at a very low level. She admitted herself that with the current level, there might be some hair cells left intact. I am worrying that this may reduce the overall effectiveness.
When she did the thermolysis, some hairs were actually plucked and not zapped, which she also noticed. She said it’s better to zap 8 out of 10 hairs and get the 2 plucked ones later on with a higher setting in order to reduce possible scarring.
Is it really better to start off with a lower setting and catch up on the hairs that won’t get zapped with this setting with a higher intensity later on ?
She told me to absolutely NOT shave at all, but use small scissors to cut any growing hair around the epilated area.
I don’t think that this is an option for work. Growing a beard also is NOT an option. I’ve read elsewhere that after swelling has gone down, you can shave again (I am using an electrical razor, Philips Philishave). What is the correct answer here ?
Lots of questions, I know. Right now I am glad that there is a strip approx. 1 x 1 centimeters on my chin where NO hair is left, but on the other hand, I am worrying that I could get scars.
Next session is planned for next Saturday, this time 30 minutes. As my skin is very sensitive, she wants to start slow and see how the skin reacts to longer treatment.
Feedback is very welcome.