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#124518 - 08/14/17 03:07 PM Am I scarred?
Georgina1234 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/17
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Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum though I have been reading posts on her for a while.

7 weeks ago I had my first electrologist appointment for my stomach.
The hairs are fine but dark, so I thought electrolysis would be the best option.

She did a patch test on my stomach for 5 minutes using thermolyis. She did a couple of hairs with blend but I preferred the feel of thermolysis as it was much quicker so she continued with that.

I believe she is really professional - electrolysis is all she does and she has a really good machine, the Alipus.

I was supposed to have my first proper session 4 weeks later, however after 3 and a half weeks it was no where near healed.





I phoned her and she seemed quite suprised, but we rescheduled for 4 weeks after that.

This one below was a week later (about 5 weeks after patch test)


It has now been just after 7 weeks since the first test patch and I am still not healed! Though it has improved a bit. I have not used anything on it as I wasn't told to - she just said that when I came in for the full session she had some products I could buy...

Below is the pic after 7 weeks


Should I go to my session this Saturday? Should I phone her and ask for advice?
Should I change electrologists?
Or should I just ask her to lower the settings?
And most importantly, is this going to scar?? frown

Thank you for any help!

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#124520 - 08/14/17 06:19 PM Re: Am I scarred? [Re: Georgina1234]
skydivingjess Offline
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Registered: 05/31/14
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Hey! I'll let the electrologists answer for real, but as a patient myself I would say that you have NOTHING to worry about. It looks like a teeny, tiny amount of hyperpigmentation... Mine was way worse (and my hair was worse) and always went away in 3-6 months. I would guess that yours is completely gone in 1 month, probably less. You can put rosehip oil on it to fade the (mild mild mild) hyperpigmentation faster.

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#124521 - 08/14/17 08:19 PM Re: Am I scarred? [Re: Georgina1234]
dfahey Offline

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Registered: 10/27/03
Posts: 9606
Loc: Columbus, Ohio
Georgina, your skin is healing. You have absolutely NOTHING to worry about.

Michael Bono has an excellent youtube video on the healing skin. Please do a search.

You will not scar. If you want no signs of hair follicles being disabled permanently, then don't do electrolysis.

I understand that people get concerned about these little marks. just know they are temporary. Let Mother Nature do what she does best. Don't interfere and be patient.
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Dee Fahey, R.N., C.T.
Licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio for Nursing license and Cosmetic Therapy/Electrolysis license
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ELECTROLYSIS FAQ'S:

British Institute & Association of Electrolysis

http://www.electrolysis.co.uk/?page_id=16

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#124526 - 08/15/17 10:09 AM Re: Am I scarred? [Re: Georgina1234]
dimi Offline
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I want to mention that the electrologist should explain all "side effects" of the electrolysis treatment, during the consultation.The client will accept them or not.In this case we will have no "scarred clients".

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#124527 - 08/15/17 10:49 AM Re: Am I scarred? [Re: Georgina1234]
dfahey Offline

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Here! Here! or should I say Hear! Hear!

Consultations are important and what's old news to the electrologist is new news to the brand new client. I agree dimi that all clients need to HEAR a five minute "talk" on normal skin manifestations, with pictures, if possible. Or, they can refer the client to Michael Bono's excellent video on wound healing.
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Dee Fahey, R.N., C.T.
Licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio for Nursing license and Cosmetic Therapy/Electrolysis license
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ELECTROLYSIS FAQ'S:

British Institute & Association of Electrolysis

http://www.electrolysis.co.uk/?page_id=16

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#124528 - 08/15/17 11:12 AM Re: Am I scarred? [Re: Georgina1234]
dimi Offline
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Registered: 02/14/17
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Loc: Montreal, Canada
Absolutely agree DEE!
Some clients even do not know what is the electrolysis treatment means. Some clients think that electrolysis is some kind of laser.
In this cases my consultation could be more than an hour to explain what is electrolysis and more important to answer all the client questions. If the client understand everything and become confident that this type of treatment will work I can start working with him/her.

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#124529 - 08/15/17 11:39 AM Re: Am I scarred? [Re: Georgina1234]
Michael Bono Offline

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Registered: 01/11/11
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Nice job Dee Dee. As frequently noted, I’ve found an inverse relationship between the extent of the “hair problem” and the “fear of scars” phenomenon.

Those with gigantic hairs and massive amounts of hair have zero fear of (normal) post-treatment marks. Those with “nearly no hair and probably shouldn’t even have treatments” have almost unmanageable fear of “skin damage.”

You can’t permanently remove a hair without having any post-treatment signs of treatment. This reality has to be strongly communicated to every client.

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#124530 - 08/15/17 01:34 PM Re: Am I scarred? [Re: Georgina1234]
Georgina1234 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/17
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Hi thank you for your responses everyone, I feel a lot more reassured now! My electrologist seemed surprised at first that I hadn't healed after a few weeks which made me feel a bit worried but I guess I just heal slower than most people! I will watch the video you sent me now 🙂

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#124531 - 08/15/17 04:37 PM Re: Am I scarred? [Re: Georgina1234]
dfahey Offline

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Registered: 10/27/03
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Most temporary skin reactions resolve in a week or so. Some people's immune system or other external factors can prolong the healing process, like your clothes rubbing against the treated area, for example. All things heal just fine in their own time. Don't worry.
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Dee Fahey, R.N., C.T.
Licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio for Nursing license and Cosmetic Therapy/Electrolysis license
_____________________
ELECTROLYSIS FAQ'S:

British Institute & Association of Electrolysis

http://www.electrolysis.co.uk/?page_id=16

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