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#70284 - 02/23/10 03:09 PM First time electrolysis- plucking question?
sugarmag1978 Offline
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Hi, everyone! What an incredibly informative forum you have going here. I'm a 31 year old Caucasian female with significant dark, coarse hair growth on my chin and neck areas (some cheek hair as well). I have always plucked and shaved constantly and did go through a short series of laser treatments years ago (not very successful there). I have now decided it's time to invest in, and commit myself to electrolysis. I've stopped plucking- damn, has it been tough! I live in Pittsburgh, PA and have an appointment tomorrow with a local CPE certified practitioner with 30 years of experience. She seemed very open and friendly on the phone. They use the "blend" method. I'm really hoping to have some success with this-- I would love to be able to let my hubby touch my face whenever he wants to! Anyways, my question is this. I haven't shaved in 24 hours (it'll be 48 by the time the appointment rolls around) because she said the hairs needed to be "long enough to grab with a tweezer." I've done a lot of reading on this forum and know that there are all kinds of tweezing scams, etc. I don't think that's what is going on here, but I wanted to make sure before I drop a ton of money. Do hairs have to be that long in order to treat them? Also, after 48 hours I should have pretty significant stubble- how much can/should I expect her to do during the first appointment? Any answers, tips or advice would be well appreciated. Thanks SO much!

P.S. Mr. Walker, if this doesn't work out, do you have a completely packed schedule for March? I'd be willing to drive to Buffalo!

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#70285 - 02/23/10 03:29 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: sugarmag1978]
sugarmag1978 Offline
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Oh, and one last question! On the "full clearance" topic- what exactly does that mean? HELP! (Thanks in advance)

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#70286 - 02/23/10 03:47 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: sugarmag1978]
Aliciadarling Offline
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Hi:

If you do go to Buffalo, please pick me up a beef on a weck.

As far as a full clearance, that just means they remove all of the visible hair in a given area during the treatment session.

That's not to say that there aren't hairs that are in the sleeping phase that aren't waiting to sprout like the evil little sonsabees that they tend to be between that clearance and the next.

Alicia

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#70291 - 02/23/10 05:21 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: Aliciadarling]
MagicalPrincessKitty Offline
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The tweezer comment is legit. After treating the hair with a probe, they have to remove it with a pair of tweezers (you shouldn't feel any plucking, the hair is not being plucked since it was already killed with the probe).

If they hair isn't long enough to remove after treatment, or too short to even tell the angle it's growing from (for insertions), then they will probably not be able to treat it.
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#70296 - 02/23/10 07:22 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: MagicalPrincessKitty]
sugarmag1978 Offline
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Loc: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Thanks, ladies! I'm getting pretty stubbly by the minute, here- wondering if she'll be able to zap a bunch on the first visit. How soon after the treatment will I be able to shave?

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#70297 - 02/23/10 07:36 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: sugarmag1978]
LAgirl Offline

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I don't understand your question. Electrolysis zaps and removes the treated hair. So you should have nothing to shave after you leave the office if you clear the entire area. Otherwise, you can shave what wasn't treated and come back again to finish it.

The only thing that matters for electrolysis is that the hair is long enough to grab with tweezers and that the hair is still new and weak.

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#70300 - 02/23/10 09:36 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: LAgirl]
James W. Walker VII Offline

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In the area that was treated, you want to wait 24 - 48 hours before shaving. The areas around the treated area, but have not been treated, may be shaved right away.
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#70309 - 02/23/10 10:50 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: James W. Walker VII]
sugarmag1978 Offline
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I was just wondering if we don't get to everything or if new hairs emerge- although I'm still shocked that some of the hairs may never come back, even after just one zap. It seems like a dream, the notion of being rid of the little buggers. That being said, I know this is going to be a long process.. just so excited to get started! Thanks for everything and I'll definitely let you all know how it goes!

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#70357 - 02/24/10 06:28 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: sugarmag1978]
sugarmag1978 Offline
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Registered: 02/23/10
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Loc: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Just got back from my consultation/first appointment. It was terrific. I can't even tell you how impressed I was with my electrologist. Her office was clean and tidy and she was so friendly and understanding. She gave me a thorough walk through and tutorial on how/why hair grows as it does, and how electrolysis works. She uses the blend method and was very honest about the progress we will see and the need to keep regular sessions (we scheduled a month's worth today). We then proceeded to do 30 minutes of work on my right cheek/chin area. I'm happy to report that the process was relatively painless! I did feel some heat and stinging on certain hairs, but I'm pretty good at going to my happy place- I just visualized a smooth, hair free face and I barely noticed the pain. I could've done it for HOURS. We're meeting again tomorrow, this time for a 1 hour appointment. She told me I was free to shave the chin area (where the growth is darkest and most noticeable) because we're going to work on the cheeks and jawline again tomorrow. I had some redness for about 10 minutes and now there's just VERY slight bumpiness that probably isn't noticeable to anyone but myself. This is so exciting. I can't tell you, though, how much I appreciate having this forum to read and get some support from. Yay!


Edited by sugarmag1978 (02/24/10 07:20 PM)

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#70358 - 02/24/10 06:30 PM Re: First time electrolysis- plucking question? [Re: sugarmag1978]
MagicalPrincessKitty Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: California
Yay! I'm so happy for you. It's exciting, isn't it?
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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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