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#70359 - 02/24/10 06:41 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: MagicalPrincessKitty]
sugarmag1978 Offline
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Kitty, I fear that she might have thought I was a little wacky because I came in and almost started crying because I was so happy to be there. By the end of the hour, I was positively giddy. I almost feel like it was an adrenaline rush, knowing that I was finally starting a process that will eventually change my life.

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#70360 - 02/24/10 07:18 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: sugarmag1978]
MagicalPrincessKitty Offline
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I know the feeling!! Hair is a surprisingly emotional topic, so I suspect a lot of people get a little misty when they start or finish their journey to be rid of it. laugh I know I did.
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3.5 laser sessions on lower legs starting 09/24/09 (GentleLASE)
3 laser sessions on bikini starting 01/15/10 (GentleLASE)
1 laser session on underarms starting 07/02/10 (GentleLASE)
1 laser session on right arm starting 07/02/10 (GenteLASE)
6.75 hrs electrolysis on tummy starting 01/07/10 (Apilus Platinum, picoflash)
10 hrs electrolysis on arms starting 01/30/10 (Apilus Platinum, synchro/picoflash)
37.25 hrs DIY electrolysis on left arm (OneTouch and Instantron)
1.75 hrs DIY electrolysis on tummy (Instantron, thermolysis)

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#70361 - 02/24/10 07:22 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: MagicalPrincessKitty]
sugarmag1978 Offline
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It really is an emotional thing. I dream of wearing my hair up and not hiding my sideburns behind it! Kitty, I did feel a *slight* tweeze when she pulled each hair out. Nothing compared to when I used to tweeze, though. Normal, right?

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#70362 - 02/24/10 08:25 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: sugarmag1978]
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It's hard to tell. If it was only a slight feeling of resistance, it could be that the hair bulb was just larger than the shaft so it had to squeeze through.

If it felt way less painful than when you normally pluck, that's a good sign. I sometimes feel that too, but not for every hair.

I would just mention to her that you felt some very mild tweezing sensations and were wondering if she noticed any difficult hairs. My guess is she will just tell you that they were nice anagen hairs with a big white root and so they didn't slide out as easily.
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3.5 laser sessions on lower legs starting 09/24/09 (GentleLASE)
3 laser sessions on bikini starting 01/15/10 (GentleLASE)
1 laser session on underarms starting 07/02/10 (GentleLASE)
1 laser session on right arm starting 07/02/10 (GenteLASE)
6.75 hrs electrolysis on tummy starting 01/07/10 (Apilus Platinum, picoflash)
10 hrs electrolysis on arms starting 01/30/10 (Apilus Platinum, synchro/picoflash)
37.25 hrs DIY electrolysis on left arm (OneTouch and Instantron)
1.75 hrs DIY electrolysis on tummy (Instantron, thermolysis)

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#70371 - 02/24/10 11:33 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: MagicalPrincessKitty]
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I would say it was slight tweezy resistance. She did mention that I have very "tight follicles," to quote her directly. She said that my skin would be beautiful after treatment is completed because of it! Maybe the fact that the follicles are tight made them not slide out as easily?
My skin in the treated area is completely normal looking now and only feels a little tingly, if I had to describe it. I did do some witch hazel as a precaution and will probably use Cetaphil instead of my usual department store cleanser tonight, maybe with a little tea tree oil afterwards.

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#70372 - 02/24/10 11:44 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: sugarmag1978]
MagicalPrincessKitty Offline
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Tight follicles would do it.

If you're still concerned, then perhaps try a short treatment at another place, and compare the difference in sensation when the hairs are removed. That way you'll have a better idea of whether the sensation is caused by your follicles or your electrologist.
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3.5 laser sessions on lower legs starting 09/24/09 (GentleLASE)
3 laser sessions on bikini starting 01/15/10 (GentleLASE)
1 laser session on underarms starting 07/02/10 (GentleLASE)
1 laser session on right arm starting 07/02/10 (GenteLASE)
6.75 hrs electrolysis on tummy starting 01/07/10 (Apilus Platinum, picoflash)
10 hrs electrolysis on arms starting 01/30/10 (Apilus Platinum, synchro/picoflash)
37.25 hrs DIY electrolysis on left arm (OneTouch and Instantron)
1.75 hrs DIY electrolysis on tummy (Instantron, thermolysis)

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#70377 - 02/25/10 12:34 AM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: MagicalPrincessKitty]
LAgirl Offline

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It basically shouldn't feel the same as if you tweezed it yourself. It's ok to feel the hair being pulled out. It just shouldn't feel tweezed, i.e. the resistance you normally get when you tweeze the hair yourself.

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#70378 - 02/25/10 01:02 AM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: LAgirl]
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It didn't feel like it does when I pluck it myself but there WAS a sensation of slight resistance and a minimal, minimal sting. Nothing compared to regular tweezing- especially since we were working on the cheek area and those have always been the most painful to pluck. I'm not that concerned about it.
Do you ladies feel that, with two 1-hour long sessions per week, we should be concentrating on clearing one area of the face/neck, then moving on to another? As I mentioned, she did a portion of my right cheek area today and said we'd do a similar portion of the left tomorrow (but more extensively as we'll have double the time). Does it make more sense to just continue working on the right? Common sense says so, but I wanted to ask..
Thanks in advance!

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#70382 - 02/25/10 03:50 AM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: sugarmag1978]
LAgirl Offline

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The best way to tackle electrolysis in order to get done in less treatments overall is to have as many long sessions up front as possible to clear the entire area you want to be hairless. And then come in as soon as you see new weak hair pop up to clear it, which is going to be every week or two to start and will slow down to every 3-4 weeks after a couple months.

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#70385 - 02/25/10 07:29 AM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: sugarmag1978]
sema4 Offline
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Oh thank you sugarmag for the blow by blow accounts of electrolysis , I feel emboldened to at last try it ( if I can find someone good )
I have finally accepted that Epilar was an expensice mistake, but hey, you try anything when you have a wretched lady-beard don't you !!

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