What gague needle is the tech using? 30G? Is he/she also using a bit of Bicarb? The use of this is worth asking about/trying. The simple addition of 0.5 bicarb renders the injection painless ... I mean virtually nothing! See, it's the PH of the lidocaine that hurts ... NOT the needle! (This was the suggestion of Dr. Welsh who is our State's examiner.)
You may think this is a bit weird, but I'll have a hard time getting those answers. The doctors and electrolysis practitioners in Thailand do not have a very high level of fluency in English. Their English is actually pretty poor.
I go to Yanhee Hospital, which is noted in Bangkok for cosmetic treatments. The electrolysis center is staffed by four doctors and a number of electrolysis technicians and nurses; surprisingly it is the only serious electrolysis provider in Bangkok (there are a couple of small, local clinics that also do it).
I asked earlier on if they were using galvanic or thermolysis, but they didn't understand what I was asking. I'm sure they know in Thai but technical English is too difficult. So, while it may seem strange, I have been going back (now about 7-8 times) simply because I trust what they are doing and the results have been very good. I am frankly thrilled with how well it works.
As to the pain - well, as I said in my first post, the very first time I went I refused the lidocaine injections, as was only able to tolerate 2 hours of treatment, which covered less than half my chest area. Since then, I have been a great fan of those injections. It's wonderful feeling to hear the machine go "beep" and see a hair tweezered out, without feeling a thing. I would love for it to be pain free without injections, but I don't think I can cross the technical language barrier - and frankly I think if there was more that they could do to help, they would.
I don't think it's the lidocaine pH that's bothering me, it's the needle going in. I don't feel anything when he's injecting the liquid. It's partly psychological - that syringe looks like something out the "Three Stooges" - it must be ten inches long! Anyway, I can manage, it's not that bad, although it takes about 15-20 injections to totally numb my chest area and, yeah, that's a bit unpleasant!