Urgh, I hate seeing these pictures. Damned stumpy legs that make me look overweight by 30kgs. Note: I had grown my leg hair for about 6 mths (though see disclaimer below about trimming), as we had anticipated that we could start on legs a session earlier than we managed to. Frustrating as hell (I rarely wear trousers to work!), but I guess it yielded in a decent result.
Anyway! 36tinklebells - to expand on Depilacionel’s response re: plucking. I used to shave my legs. Then, I started waxing them myself. Then I got myself an epilator aka a mechanical tweezer & used it on my legs, underarms and arms.
Despite the ‘tweezing’/‘plucking’ with an epilator, that’s the result I got after one clearance on my legs. The result after the first clearance is twice as good as what was achieved from the first clearance on my arm. However, the density of (leg) hair was quite low anyway AND I had little sparse bald patches before the electrolysis, so there was not much to work with anyway. Even now, in the above pictures, you’ll see random bald patches where hair has either never existed OR was removed and has not grown back in the three months since the treatment. I also did not have time to finish the entire lower leg AND I trimmed some hair too before the session (apparently I clipped some TOO short which I was given a slap on the wrist for back then & got the ‘that will take an extra session now!’ downer lesson, but today was told I had max. hair present, heh!).
After more or less finishing my upper body and it taking ages to do so, it makes a nice change to see such a big difference after the first clearance - it took my arms, my abdomen and my underarms 2 clearances/advancement before the difference was as significant. That’s not to say there wasn’t a difference - I had shaved my underarms mere weeks before the first clearance which hindered progress as the max. strands of hair weren’t grown/visible - it just wasn’t as big a difference because the density of hair in those areas was greater.
To follow on from that, the density of hair in the beard is higher than any part of the body on a man or woman. The sheer amount of time required would exceed the time taken to clear any of my body parts for example. Plus, beard hair is in the anagen stage far more frequently than legs, for example, which are in the telogen stage for 4 mths (if I recall correctly from Michael Bono’s book) & shorter for anagen. Beard hairs will always be popping up all over the place from follicles unless you stop shaving for 3 mths! For that reason, it may not be possible to clear the entire beard in one treatment session. It’s worth remembering that in order to anticipate the level of reduction you can get. Otherwise, with hairs that are in telogen (aka non-growth phase and thus above the skin’s surface), it’s possible to get 70-80% reduction.