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#96404 - 03/07/12 08:10 PM 1st treatment of electrolysis
green olive Offline
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I had my first treatment 1 hour treatment of thermolysis electrolysis. I have had the chin and neck area treated. The electrologist managed to get rid of all the thick and coarse hair. Basically she managed to clear all the area.

After the treatment I was red in the treated area, which is to be expected.

However, the following day I developed very noticeable, deep scabs and not just small dots were the electrologist inserted the needle.

Anyway, 1 week later exactly, those scabs have gone, but in place i have started to develop white spots which are pus filled. This is probably due to infection to the skin. Also my skin feel very itchy. Though i do not scracth the area, however much i was tempted.

Since I had the treatment last week, I have not been able to leave the house due to these scabs. I do not want these deep scabs each and everytime i have electrolysis.

My aftercare was non. Although i did not touch the skin i didnt appy any witch hazel or tea tree oil. Although the electrologist did after treatment. On the third day I started applying Nivea lotion.

I have decided not to go back to this electrolgist and have made an appointment with a BIAE registered electrologist instead.

I am not blaming the electrologist for this at all. I should have on all accounts taken aftercare seriously.

The good thing about the treatment is that in the neck area I would have developed hairs if i had my neck waxed as normal, but no hairs have not come through as of yet.

I just want to know if i follow my aftercare religiously, is there still a possiblity i can still get scabs? When I mean scabs, not just little red dots but full on very deep evasive scabs.

the electrologist also said that thermolysis does work on thick hair. is she correct? I have read on the net that thermolysis works on fine hair only?

Is the make of the machine also important?

I would also appreciate some advice on aftercare. To apply witch hazel during the day with a cotton bud. Then at night time, wash your face with soap and water and then apply tea tree oil. is this the correct aftercare?

I am seriously reconsidering of not embarking on this long journey if each time my face is treated it is left very scabby. Sorry I have no pictures.


Edited by green olive (03/07/12 08:16 PM)

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#96407 - 03/07/12 09:06 PM Re: 1st treatment of electrolysis [Re: green olive]
impossable Offline
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That was my experience too.

Like you, I was dealing with a lot of white pustules and beginnings of an even bigger infection. It was obvious that my body wouldn't be able to fight this one alone. Fortunately I already had tea tree oil, which I use for other skin issues. It really helped me get everything under control.

The other thing is the deep red marks you mention. (No, I'm not talking about the superficial red marks left after a scab falls off, there were no scabs in my case. I mean really deep marks.) They are so deep they just cannot be due to something you and I did or didn't do, but rather the insertions of the operator which seem to have reached a, yikes, muscle? (That part of my face felt weird/numb for 2 weeks.)

Your electrologist is correct in saying that thermolysis works on those hair, but what help will that be to us if we are going to have visible marks for months afterwards or, worst yet, forever?

Sadly this woman was supposed to be one of the best there is, and now it will be a long time before I can trust my face to anyone else.

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#96409 - 03/07/12 10:32 PM Re: 1st treatment of electrolysis [Re: impossable]
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Tiny pin point scabbing is considered normal and some people will get that some of the time but anything larger can be avoided with better electrolysis.

You can help the healing process by following some good aftercare.
Don't do anything that will cause the area to get sweaty and dirty so if you go to the gym, go before your electrolysis appointment. Avoid bacteria infested areas like steam rooms.

Don't touch the area unless your hands are freshly washed and then, do not pick or rub or scratch. Soothe the area with alcohol free witch hazel and a clear aloe vera gel. If you have oily skin, use a bit of tea tree oil for just the first 3 nights after treatment. If you have dry skin, use a tiny bit of bacitracin mixed in with your aloe and apply that combination for the first 3 days.

Washing your face before bedtime is good but use a soap that is meant for the face that comes in a pump container. Do not use soap bars. After you wash your face, that is the time to use the witch hazel followed by the aloe and other products. Don't use scrubs. You can start using gentle exfoliants after all of your scabbing disappears.
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#96411 - 03/07/12 10:56 PM Re: 1st treatment of electrolysis [Re: Arlene R. Batz, CPE]
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wot can I do about these white pus filled spots that are emerging?


Edited by green olive (03/07/12 10:57 PM)

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#96413 - 03/07/12 11:25 PM Re: 1st treatment of electrolysis [Re: green olive]
Arlene R. Batz, CPE Offline

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apply tea tree oil, spot treat those pustules with a saturated q-tip not a cotton ball
do not double dip as the active ingredient loses its potency
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#96418 - 03/08/12 04:26 AM Re: 1st treatment of electrolysis [Re: green olive]
Barbara_CPE Offline

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Originally Posted By: green olive


I just want to know if i follow my aftercare religiously, is there still a possiblity i can still get scabs? When I mean scabs, not just little red dots but full on very deep evasive scabs.

the electrologist also said that thermolysis does work on thick hair. is she correct? I have read on the net that thermolysis works on fine hair only?

Is the make of the machine also important?


There is a possibility of getting scabbing with proper aftercare. Often, the scabbing is just a result of the amount of current applied to the skin.

Thermolysis works on ANY hair, not just fine hair.

Since upgrading, I do believe that epilator make is important, but most, if not all, epilators will work in the right hands.

No need to add any more about aftercare, because Arlene gave it to you straight.
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#96434 - 03/08/12 09:53 PM Re: 1st treatment of electrolysis [Re: Barbara_CPE]
green olive Offline
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I have also noticed under the chin in the area that i have had treated a small hard lump just slightly bigger than a normal spot, which is under the skin. are these small lumps under the skin common after electroysis?

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#96436 - 03/08/12 10:12 PM Re: 1st treatment of electrolysis [Re: green olive]
Arlene R. Batz, CPE Offline

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Do you touch the area much?
Clients that have a hard time keeping their hands off the treated area
heal slower and might get pustules. The lumps could be pimples or something else.

Maybe you should go back to the electrologist and ask the practitioner about it. It might or might not need medical attention. Sorry; we can't know what's going on from where we sit.
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#96438 - 03/08/12 10:18 PM Re: 1st treatment of electrolysis [Re: Arlene R. Batz, CPE]
green olive Offline
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I only touch the area when to put some cream on or to wash it. I have developed pustules but they are going away while some new ones are forming. My main concern is that lump just under the skin could be a keliod. how common are these following electrolysis?

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#96439 - 03/08/12 10:23 PM Re: 1st treatment of electrolysis [Re: green olive]
Arlene R. Batz, CPE Offline

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I would find it surprising if you were developing keloids.
From my understanding, keloids take months to develop and you are referring to an electrolysis treatment that is very current.
I have never seen or heard or read about keloids forming as a result of electrolysis.

Do you have naturally oily skin?

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