Been away for a while, so I'm late to the thread (thanks for the message James).
I am a male who used to have dark coarse hair. Fair skin. I started treatment for health reasons.
I am now completely hairless. Only hair I have is on my head, and eyebrows.
I catch the ladies staring at my legs when I am in public. Being modest, I used to be self-conscious about exposing my bare legs in public, but now I don't give a crap. Gals explained to me that my legs "glow," whatever the hell that means. I guess that's a good thing - for a gal. With the face, I don't have to shave (well, once a month to get the remaining peach fuzz). Also, people say I look younger without the facial hair and stubble.
My wife is insanely jealous of me.
Most importantly - no more ingrowns and no more MRSA infections.
Don't know where to start as it seems like ages ago. I started in summer of 2004 and finished up in early 2011 or so I think. I guess I averaged weekly visits of an hour or so. When I first started out, I booked some long appointments (I think three hours was the longest - poor Arlene).
Face - upper lip, chin, neck, and when nothing was left, some stray hairs on the eyelid.
A handful on the arms.
Modalities: Flash thermolysis and blend.
Most painful - in order ... Eyelids, peri-anal area, scrotum, upper lip, knuckles of fingers and toes.
Did I use EMLA? Yes. Saran wrap etc 30 min before treatment. It wore off after 30 minutes. That routine got old, so after a while I just toughed it out without topical numbing cream.
Healing time: 4 days - often I planned my treatments on a Friday evening to give myself the weekend to heal, esp. the face.
Most persistent hairs: Scrotum.
Hairs that went away the fastest: Legs!
Hairs that surprised me: Shaft. They go fairly quickly too.
Any lasting issues with scarring/pigmentation? Don't think so. I am told scarring/pitting can be remedied with microdermabrasion.
My location: NYC tri-state area.
Most embarassing moment: Letting a toot go when the electrologist was removing some anal hairs. Unintentional, of course. It was more embarassing than having a boner in the midst of treatment (also unintentional).
I used and recommend without hesitation:
Arlene Batz http://www.breierhairremovalandskincare.com/
Phyllis Langerberg & Rebecca Weinstein http://www.justbetweenuselectrolysis.com/
Danna Homburger http://www.dannahomburger.com/
And a few others who will remain nameless at their request and because I can't recommend some of them.