First of all, let me thank you all for posting, because if it wasn’t for this site, I wouldn’t have known anything about electrolysis and I’d still be struggling. In my country barely anyone talks about it, and I didn’t know anyone to recommend me a good electrologist. Basically I went with my gut feeling and chose a person who was upfront with me from the beginning, answering my question about the price via email without forcing me to visit their place. Later on I found out that she’s leading the Union of cosmetologists in my city and I had a dermatologist tell me that I must be going to someone who knows their job because I would have got visible scars if they weren’t good at it.I registered and opened this thread not because I don't trust my electrologist, but mostly out of curiosity and the need of feedback from experienced people, to gain more courage that the nightmare will end one day.
That said, let me share some of my background. I’m 36 years old and I’m a serious plucking case. It all started with a couple of hairs when I was 13, which turned into a few hairs every few months, to a couple of months, and so on, until I reached the point when I had to pluck a few hairs every single day and they’d appear again by night. The hairs are on the chin and a few of them on the neck (fortunately really few on the neck, the chin is mainly the problematic area). I had no idea what kind of damage I was doing with the plucking. I’ve tried wax and threading and even laser a couple of times, which never helped. Then I found out about electrolysis and honestly I was so relieved that a method like this exists! I’ve tried to educate myself as best as I can and understand what is really happening on my chin. I’m expecting a period of 12 to 18 months, and my electrologist says it might take even more. I did hormone tests and nothing came out. I have no hormone issue, I caused it all to myself with plucking, from what I understand.
I started around Christmas time. First time it took 25 minutes to clear the area and I’ve never had more than 35 minutes on one session. At first I had to go every ten days and at some times I went even every week because the hairs were annoying me. Lately I have managed a comfortable every 2 weeks session with around 25 minutes to clear, but I can’t always manage the 2 weeks period. The first week is always all right, it’s after that that hairs are starting to annoy me (mostly they’re annoying to touch) and around the 10-day mark, they are visible if you really look at the area. Most of my hairs are white, but there are plenty of dark ones in there. Not all of them are coarse. For example, the previous to last time I went, the hairs were a lot but not so coarse, but the last time I went, they were coarse. From that alone it’s pretty obvious to me that these aren’t the same hairs that are growing.
At first I felt a bit of a plucking sensation sometimes, but I wasn’t sure about it, and when I asked the lady, she said that she makes sure to kill the hair first and then take it out. I can sometimes feel her going back to the same hair twice or thrice because she meets resistance when trying to get it out. From what I’ve read around here, plucking sensation doesn’t always mean plucking. And even that, I don’t feel it a lot, just sometimes. Most of the time the hairs seem to be coming out effortlessly.
She uses the blend method and the pain is bearable. I’m very pain tolerant by nature so I can’t tell if someone else would be screaming at my place. The lady says I’m the best client regarding that matter and she can work at ease, not being afraid I’m gonna jump from the chair any time soon.
In conclusion, I’m quite happy and even though I still need to go every ten or fifteen days, I am noticing a difference after five months and I’m hopeful. Do you think I’m doing all right? Should I expect more at this point? In your experience, a person who has been plucking for basically twenty years with no hormonal issue, how long will I need?
I’m sorry this was so long, thank you reading, and I’d appreciate any replies.