Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Zap: Follicles Under Attack

It has been a while since I've written, and things have been fairly eventful.  Usually under those circumstances I write up some massive, blathering, sleepy chronological thing to try to catch back up.  This time though I'm going to try to do better and cover different topics separately.

So, let's start with electrolysis.  A few weeks ago, it became obvious that I needed to switch over.  There is very little hair left, and laser doesn't seem to effect many hairs each session anymore.  Shortly before that an electrologist came to the Transkentucky meeting on a session I missed, and I kept hearing good things about her.

A few weeks ago I called.  She was extremely nice and we chatted for some time.  During the conversation she seemed both competent and nice.  She eased a lot of my fears about recovery time and raised my confidence in the technology.

Since then I have had two one hour sessions, two weeks apart.  Those have went very well.  The pain is minimal and the skin looks almost completely normal within just a few hours.  Unlike laser, each hair is individually tweezed so there is no waiting for weeks to see how much will shed.  Also I was able to shave comfortably the very next day.  This is so much easier than laser that it would be easy to start worrying that the settings are too low.  But each time a hair is tweezed it comes out without a sharp sensation;  no feeling except friction.  I think that is a good sign.

My electrologist says this is mild because its one of the best machines available.  We are working with blend electrolysis, which uses galvanic as well as thermodynamic components in tandem, one creating a lye based reaction at the root of the follicle, while the other type accelerates the reaction through electricity or heat.  (I get them mixed up.)  Either technology is proven to kill hair, but apparently blend has very serious advantages.  One of the two individual technologies is faster with less time per follicle, but blend heals more easily, and is therefore a bit more stealthy.

I'm just so glad I found such a great electrologist.  She is one of the only six certified in the state.  She has been great about scheduling and has an excellent manner.  Pricing is very reasonable too!

I'll be continuing my treatments every two weeks.  Right now my upper lip is almost clear, which is such a relief because it has been a difficult area.  Besides that we have started clearing stray hairs along the sides of my mouth as well.  Next time it might be possible to get that all cleared enough to start on the chin.  :)


Anonymous said...

Good luck with E*.

I use Equate antibiotic cream (cheaper, better version of NeoSporin) and it helps with breakouts and healing.

Are you using anything for pain? I use LMX and two Advils. Plus, I drink no caffeine the day before and day of, but drink plenty of water.

I pay $80 where I go in th eNYC area. Pricy, I guess. What do you pay in KY?

Take Care,


Syl said...

I've been happy with her too! Yippie. None of the small pox looking marks like I had at the other place! Ugh!

Amy K. said...

I was paying $60 per hour on Long Island, and when I moved to Michigan, someone was charging $30 an hour (!!!), but I never used her services. Also, electrolysis is electricity, so accelerated a reaction through that method sounds right. But I'm just guessing. I'm cheering you on from the sidelines. (I still have a bit of hairs to go on the neck area.)

ms.shandy said...

@Karin: For pain my electrologist has some sort of lidocaine cream she applies. I'm not really sure what brand it is though.

Neosporin type stuff does sound good for after. I've always used triple antibiotic cream from right aid.

On pricing, I get a little discount, and then there's a deal buying packages of 5 treatments. I ended up at 50$ an hour.

@Syl I'm glad you are happy so far! =)

@Amy 30$, wow! Good luck on that last bit of hair. =)

Leslie Ann said...

I thought I felt a disturbance in the force! That's only two blocks from my workplace.

Jerica Truax said...

Nice. When my laser package is expired, I need to go find an electrologist, myself.