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#106779 - 05/13/13 02:22 PM Re: One-touch electrolysis [Re: ZoeStevens]
ZoeStevens Offline
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Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 65
Loc: Ontario Canada
So I finally bent one of my probes beyond repair! It was my own fault, of course, as sometimes I bump the stylet against something by accident. I have not bent either of the probes during insertion.

Replacement probes are expensive at about $15/2. My one-touch was only $10 and came with two probes, so I'll just buy another unit. Can't hurt to have a backup anyway.

Still going strong and am pleased to note that I am making some headway on my throat. It is a lot easier to do than I thought it was, and more tolerable as I have been doing it on the couch rather than standing in the bathroom.

I am slowly closing in toward the center of my throat which is awesome. Chin is no issue - every few days a new one pops up and is easy to treat. I do 5-20 hairs a day and am noticing a big difference.

I have been sticking on level 8-9, which does scab, but it is so much faster and I can "feel" it working which is necessary for my peace of mind that it IS working. Scabbing is moderate and it doesn't help that I pick at my scabs (bah) but they do heal. Instead of "chin up" I have been keeping my chin down, and if anyone has noticed no one has asked about it so I don't look freakish. I think it probably looks like an acne breakout. Whatever - it'll go away in time.

The spots on my legs are still present. It's like they didn't scab outward, they scabbed inward. Now, a week or so after treatment, I can finally see some progress. I feel confident they will heal, but I think touching up my legs will be a winter project for me.

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#106954 - 05/16/13 10:29 AM Re: One-touch electrolysis [Re: ZoeStevens]
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Registered: 04/12/11
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Loc: St. Louis, MO
Déjà vu Zoe! Bent probes?! Heck, why not buy a new One Touch instead? I went through about 3-4 of those things!
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#106955 - 05/16/13 10:32 AM Re: One-touch electrolysis [Re: iLikeDIY]
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Now i pay $30 for 50 probes? .. Better deal.
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#107256 - 05/28/13 01:10 PM Re: One-touch electrolysis [Re: iLikeDIY]
ZoeStevens Offline
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Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 65
Loc: Ontario Canada
"My one-touch was only $10 and came with two probes, so I'll just buy another unit." - That was my plan smile

However I priced out probes and units and found a set of probes cheaper than a new unit. Not by much but I'm on a budget.

So far, still VERY happy with this machine! I definitely feel as though I'm making progress in total quantity of hair left to treat, as well as in speed and efficacy of use of the machine.

I am still getting scabbing because I crept back up to level 9 but it does go away fairly quickly. I find aloe works the best to heal it fast, and/or an ice pack if it looks red. If I'm going somewhere special I'll just use some makeup.

I do have the odd dark spot but honestly it's way better than the hair, and it'll fade in time (I've had dark scars like that that lasted months or years, but they all go away eventually).

The dots on my legs - no idea what the deal is. They are still there. The other day I was scratching my leg with a butter knife (it's mosquito season) and I scraped them off so that's good I guess? They are fading and I think they'll go away but definitely a winter project.

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#107258 - 05/28/13 05:38 PM Re: One-touch electrolysis [Re: ZoeStevens]
zaphairzap Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 134
Loc: Houston
Where did you buy the 10 dollar set? And cheaper probes? Link please?

The one touch really does work. And it worked much better when I intentionally bent the probe to a degree and it stopped springing back in.

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#107269 - 05/29/13 02:53 PM Re: One-touch electrolysis [Re: zaphairzap]
ZoeStevens Offline
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Registered: 04/20/10
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Loc: Ontario Canada
Hm. I never had an issue with it going back in. In fact I've never really had any insertion issues at all. I don't mind the bent one though, I just have to adjust my angle of entry accordingly. One of them is totally effed up though - in trying to straighten it I bent it all and now it's all curvy and stuff.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/230908284366?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

That's the one I bought. It looks sold out though.

It's the kit that doesn't include the tweezers, and the dial isn't numbered, so I wasn't sure. The rest looks identical though...

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#107270 - 05/29/13 02:54 PM Re: One-touch electrolysis [Re: ZoeStevens]
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Registered: 04/20/10
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#107282 - 05/30/13 05:26 AM Re: One-touch electrolysis [Re: ZoeStevens]
zaphairzap Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 134
Loc: Houston
Thanks!

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#107493 - 06/12/13 07:42 PM Re: One-touch electrolysis [Re: zaphairzap]
ZoeStevens Offline
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Loc: Ontario Canada
Well, going on a month and a half, I am still super happy I bought this thing. I am no longer using it regularly - I pull it out if I feel a stubbly hair, or if I see a dark on in the bathroom mirror, but that's maybe once a week and only 1-2 hairs at a time. If I look at myself using a magnifying mirror, I can see some longer, dark hairs, but I can't see them in regular light in a regular mirror, so I am not too fussed about them right now.

Ceasing most of the electrolysis has also given the opportunity to keep a better eye on the healing process. On intensity level 10, I get a scab which I usually pick off (can't help it), followed by some darker pigmentation. This is common for me following any cut or scratch and historically these marks fade over a few months. As it is now, I can't see them in the regular mirror, and that's good enough for me.

There is no pitting.

Overall, I am really happy with the progress. If any of the hairs are growing back, they are taking their sweet time. In comparison, when I used to pluck these hairs (years ago), I would have to do so every day. So, while I know 6 weeks in is not proof of efficacy, I do believe it is working and I highly recommend it.

Yep, you will get some scabbing and you will probably have some marks that fade over time. But for me, it is way better than the hair.

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#107824 - 07/09/13 04:31 PM Re: One-touch electrolysis [Re: ZoeStevens]
ZoeStevens Offline
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Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 65
Loc: Ontario Canada
So - it's been almost a month since I used it. I bent my last probe and it took me a while to get around to order more. There has been some regrowth (or cycled growth) but it is pretty minimal compared to how it used to be!

Unfortunately, my machine is kind of broken. It only works when I turn it all the way up to the highest setting which hurts a lot more than it needs to. May get DH to try to fix it, or just order a new one.

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