I saw a dermatologist this morning for my melasma and PIH. It was a horrible experience. She told me so many upsetting things:
-I should stop electrolysis -Electrolysis is not a permenant hair removal method (even laughed at me when I said it and said “did your electrolygist Actually tell you that?”) -Said tweezing would be less traumatic on my skin and said there was no way I had PIH from tweezing -wrote me a script for Vaniqua and told me it would be more effective than electrolysis. -pressed me about any progress “do you even see it working?” I’ve only had six hours/five months of treatment. Said she doesn’t recommend it because it takes a long time.
This dermatologist came highly recommended by my PCP and has been practicing for 30 years. I feel like I’ve had the rug pulled out from me.
Unfortunately,this is a common reaction from medical professionals in North america. A little scary when you think about what ELSE they are wrong about isnt it?
If they have a google page, it's worth leaving a review of their practise with information on what they told you that was incorrect , and links to information that contradicts their erronious opinions. Others will know not to bother with them.
I don’t want to put her name out there BUT I am going to give it to my electrologist and tell her all about the appointment via email when I get a chance. I’m still so upset about it. I wouldn’t recommend the Derm to anyone. Horrible bedside manner.
This is strange. I would've thought all dermatologists would be aware of electrolysis, but clearly this one has no idea. Usually, if you ask a doctor about permanent hair removal, they will suggest laser and/or electrolysis.
Some electrologists are guilty of spreading misinformation as well. While perusing the web, I came across a practitioners website that stated the following: "______'s ethics is why she uses the Electrolysis Blend Method usually because it has the highest hair kill ratio."
Is it incorrect information though? Actually Blend has an excellent kill rate. That said though , at least in my work, thermolysis gives a better efficiency. So while in an hour I might be able to treat 350 hairs with an 85% kill rate, this is still less hairs than killing 900+ at a slightly lower kill rate. When taken at the ratio of number of hairs killed/treatment time thermolysis comes out well ahead.
In 38 years, I have never found one modality to be more effective than another. I spent years chasing modalities and machines looking for the magic bullet to no avail. Effectiveness is 100% dependent on the skill of the electrologist.