Yes, 2 hours in one go is a little excessive, isn't it!! But we tend to move about a lot - so it's not as bad as it sounds
Since I came across this board, I've been watching my results a little more closely. Here's what I've found...
Firstly - I have to admit to being a bit of a perfectionist. I see problems there that nobody else does... So what I say is swollen, probably isn't really that bad at all !!!
Can take the most strain. I guess it's because the skin is quite tough there anyway, and it feels quite 'boney'. (It's not fleshy like the cheeks)
Jawbone just beside the chin:
Swells up with the smallest provocation. I had surgery there a year ago, and had some of the bone removed. I've got excess skin, and metal plates... I guess one or either of these might cause the problem ... ?
These are the only areas I'm a bit worried about - I'm avoiding working on them, now. I've had them worked on regularly and excessively over the time I've been doing this. They're certainly showing signs of 'stress' - but ironically, I think a lot of that seems to be down to shaving!! (Pits as the hair is shaved off and pulls back underneath the skin, and a bump as it pushes its way back through.) I'm planning to watch how they recover, and maybe try some facials to help. I think they will, though. If I pull the skin just a little bit, they're lovely and smooth! (Again, I suspect my jaw reduction has left me with a little excess skin, and my age and liking for EL doesn't help!!)
It used to swell quite badly. There's very few hairs there now, so we only do 10-15 minutes on that. It's great, now! Nearly done, never swells - yay
The shallow pitch of the hairs mean that I get some raised bumps like insect stings. They pretty much go over night, and I'm left with just a red rash...
I think we've pretty much worked out where the happy medium is for me, now. After Duration (in one area), Duration (of each zap), and Strength (of each zap), there's not much else you can vary.
Machine, and needle, I suppose.
I'll be staying at my 'local' for various reasons, but what I would say is that when you start out, it's probably a good idea to book just a 15 minute test patch, then come back the next day, and let the therapist assess the result. Rather than move straight on, you can work together to adjust your treatment.
I never did that, and I kind of just assumed that the reaction I was getting was quite usual. Of course, by the time my next appointment came round there was no sign of any swelling, so we carried on as before.
And keep in mind that different parts of your face might react differently - as mine does.
(Sorry, I've rambled a bit, haven't I. Just another of my faults!!)
But thanks for your tips!! I'd certainly endorse them.