Thanks Dee, wish I could go to this one other electrologist that mantaray sees but she doesn't do evenings or Saturdays (only very occasionally and I work full time) and is much farther off and first open appt is 2-3 mths away so logistically just doesn't work out.
Mine uses the Hinkel UC-2, and her probe size is 2. Her magnification power I don't know, the one time I asked her she wasn't sure, it's that little rectangle set of glasses that looks like the ones on the arhinkel site http://www.arhinkel.com/images/mags-2.jpg
She did acknowledge that all finer probes do get hotter, but she had adjusted the current down after my first upper lip tx (with SS) had a lot of swelling, she was quite willing to go to gold and also showed concern about my skin when I was there last. She gave me her nice aloe for free too, so I don't think she is stingy or anything. She rarely uses gold so it may be a comfort thing that she thinks it doesn't slide as easy, although she said hairs were releasing just fine when I asked. Maybe she needs to adjust current down further, it does hurt a lot. I will ask her the settings when I see her next.
lagirl, witch hazel and aloe don't seem to help with the itchiness and the pink patches (odd thing is they are right at jawline and under the chin, and we hardly treat the chin much every week). I haven't tried tea tree oil because I read somewhere that regular use of antibacterials makes us resistant to them over time and I didn't think that would help with the dryness, although it may help with the plugged pores, but I am using plain alcohol for that which could be contributing to the dryness...sigh, you can't win.
I try to remember that I have very sensitive skin, prone to dryness and weekly electrolysis is not easy for it to handle.
Arlene, you are so very right that I shouldn't be giving instructions, it's more like I ask questions and pose suggestions. She is very open to my feedback, which I thought was a good thing, but she is also not anal about skin reaction etc., like another lady verbalized when I sampled a tx with her. She keeps saying skin gets used to it, which is what I am hoping for also.
Having you all here to help talk about things from treatment to treatment is a such a blessing, thank you so very very much.