This website is supportive of any method that works and pleases the consumer. We offer advice and back up the advice given with the pro's and con's. It is ultimately the decision of the hairy person which way to proceed, based on what they learn and what is availbale to them in their locale. We rejoice when posters like yourself tell about their successful experience. Thank you for your contribution.
A couple of things to point out: Vaniqa is definitely used in conjunction with laser. Vaniqa does not interfer with laser. Some clinicians report that using Vaniqa may mean that one needs less laser sessions.
Point two: Electrolysis is not for small areas only. I repeatedly say here that if all electrologists were using quality tools - computerized epilators, surgical magnification, halogen or LED lighting - and put good skill and special techniques to use, then a PCOS woman with a loaded beard on her face and neck could get first full clearance in 3-5 hours on average. Maintaining the area(s) and keeping the area hairfree would continue for about a year to 18 months. By month twelve, with consistent treatments, it becomes a nit picking process wih very few hairs needing treatment. Redness is not a problem if the electrologist has good equipment and skill. One does not have to grow hair for a week if the electrologist has high quality surgical magnification and lighting. If you don't have an electrologist in your locale that has modernized and continues to educate herself to speed up the process with little skin reaction, then you are doing the best you can and I admire your efforts to figure out what is working for you. No one would need Vaniqa or laser for facial hair if electrologists would bring it up several levels. The process of electrolysis is not to blame, but rather blame the electrologist that is stuck in the mud on Valium, performing at mediocre levels that do not serve them or at worse, their hirsute clients.
Vaniqa is a hair growth retardant. It does nothing to solve your problem longterm. You have correctly pointed that out already. For the many women who don't have the NHI plan with others paying for this expensive cream that lasts one to three months depending on the size of the area, it is very expensive and they do become a slave to a product that may or may not help them. It takes 2-6 months for this product to work. It was designed to be used with a person's other hair removal method (shaving, waxing, laser). It is not a depilatory. Should not be used if you are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant.
May I add that computerized epilators are available in many brands such as Apilus SX-500 and Platinum, SilhouetTone VMC model, Gentronics, Clareblend (recently), Fischer. Did I miss any? Consumers need to demand a better product if they feel dismayed by what they are currently getting. There is a way to do electrolysis within an acceptable timeframe and with great skin outcome. Oh, yes, and it is permanent, if performed correctly.
I favor electrolysis for the face, but if there is not a professional electrologist nearby that can handle your problem, then your plan will have to suffice, unfortunately. It will be very slow, but you seem content.
Edited by dfahey (12/29/07 01:53 AM)
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