Back in the days when I was just a lost soul seeking electrolysis treatment myself. I found that many practitioners in my area were not only charging a “needle fee”, but were generously offering to either keep the probe in a file until the next visit, or handing the client a plastic container to keep the probe in until they came back next time. They never explained that the best case situation was for a new, or sterilized probe, and people who did not inquire further through research knew no better.
I always compare this to going to an eatery where the waiter asks you to lick your spoon clean, and either let them put it in an envelope until your next visit, or take it home and keep it in a zip lock bag.
Although I can see how some might argue that the forceps/tweezers are not all that critical, and need only be sanitary, I can’t see how anyone can argue with the need to sterilze the probe that is inserted into the skin, and may contact blood.
But no matter what horror stories I may have to tell, it is nothing compared to one of my teachers who said that she knew people who not only would not use disposeables, but would use the same probe on everyone all day long. Their argument was that they wiped the probe off with alcohol, and shot a few shots of thermolysis into the air in order to “heat sterilize” the probe.
For the record, the thermolysis energy creates heat around the probe. The probe itself never reaches the temperatures of the treatments. Any heat the probe absorbes is from its surroundings. When shot into the air, no actual heat is created, as there is little near the probe to vibrate and create any heat. Although I hope no one still does this, I don’t dare say that no one does.
It would be easier for me to have the machine all ready to go when the client walks into the room, but I make sure that, if they are interersted, they see me remove the last probe used in the machine, open a new package, insert a probe, and replace the forceps in a similar fashion.