I’m new to the website, but I read some of the posts here and you seem very knowledgeable.
I’m planning to get electrolysis done, but I had a recent appointment with an electrologist that seemed odd. It felt more like a consultation than an appointment. To make a long story short, I am African American and I wanted to have electrolysis done to treat my underarm bromhidrosis.
The electrologist seems great. Has her CPE, disposable needles, great reputation from other electrologists in the area. Seasoned (over 25 years of exp.). Etc. She only does electrolysis and is located in a clinical office, not at a spa.
She booked an appointment with me over the phone and said her rates were from 15 minutes to 1 hour at a rate of 30 - 75 USD. This sounds normal. However, when we started talking before my session. I discussed my reason for having it done, plus filled out a questionnaire relating to health, past methods for hair removal, etc. One of the questions asked if I’ve ever had keloids. I wasn’t sure, so I said, yes, as I think I had a possible one. Well, we spoke about this and when I showed her what I was talking about, we didn’t really think they were keloids. Despite this, she said she would not do a full appointment with me and said she could do 5 minutes and to wait 2 months before my next appointment. This was weird, as she never said I’d have to make that long drive for a 5 minute appoint (@20 USD). She also never mentioned that this would be an issue and I had no idea (I did tell her I was an AA beforehand). She later said if I wanted 15 minutes, she could do that, but I refused - what’s the point - if I have to wait 2 months to come back?
Additionally, she made me sign a (handwritten - random) waiver, saying I understand keloids could result in our treatment. She did this despite saying she had several AA clients in the past. Regardless, I agreed to the 5 minutes and she got no more than 3 or 4 hairs removed. She said an entire underarm would take 3 hours (at that rate??).
Not only did she waste my time, I feel like asking me to come in in 2 months and her slow process (blend) is telling. She’s seemingly nice and I do feel comfortable with her arrangement (ie. clinic vs spa), but something seems off. Perhaps, even inconsiderate. Should I wait 2 months or see someone else?
I appreciate your help!