Post # 1
Just kidding. Sort of.
I got a Groupon for electrolysis for my upper lip. Does anyone have any advice on what to expect? I have to say I’ll miss the satisfaction I get from plucking a really deep one from my chin. Most of you are probably appalled, but I know a few of you are like, “share it!”
Post # 3
I am having laser treatment on my face at the moment, just for my ‘tache and a small clump under my chin.
It does not really hurt, but is a hot and quick snapping sensation. I think electrolosys is a little more painful, but can yield better long term results!
I have been going NUTS with the no plucking. I love a good pluck, you are not alone 😉
Post # 4
Electrolysis will be a little painful as it sticks needle-like point into each hair follicle to kill it at the root. It is the only true permanent solution. I am an Esthetician so I know all about it. Laser will reduce the amount of hair but it always has a chance of coming back. If you go through with it be prepared for it to take a little while, since the tip has to be inserted into each hair follicle!
Post # 5
I used to work in the Laser hair removal field. Electrolysis is kind of an archaic method. Its not permanent and its tedious and sometimes painful. Id recommend finding someone with a reputable laser. We used the Candela gentlelase which is good for skin types 1-5. If you have a dark african american skin tone you may need a YAG laser. Literally the upper lip would take under 5 minutes from the time you walk in the door, don your goggles, and leave. Laser hair removal is a process of elimination and it kills all of the hair growth under the skin for that cycle. We always recommended about 6 sessions but with areas on the face people are normally plucking and it could take one or two in the beginning to get you on a cycle. Typically, if you have never ever plucked you will be looking at a LHR session once every 4 weeks. In the beginning a few hairs can be off that cycle and we would see people come in for one touch up in between that time during the first and second treatments. Teh candela has a built in cooling too and its over before you know it. I used to do my armpits legs and lip! After each session you will se hair grow back fewer finer and lighter until you reach about 6 sessions, and there should be a 90 percent or greater hair reduction. Beware those that offer IPL or intense pulse light treatments. These arent lasers and you wont get the best possible outcome. I have seen many clients pour hundreds of dollars into electrolysis and have bad skin as a result of it. When they would come to us they would be amazed about how easy and effective it was and wished they had come in sooner. I highly recommend looking into Laser hair removal in your area. If you have any other questions let me know and I will be hapy to answer for them if I can!
Post # 6
Actually electrolysis is the only FDA approve method of permenant pair removal. please don’t let someone in the laser business tell you otherwise. yes, it take time but it works. I received electrolysis for over a year and I am almost complete hair free. i have PCOS so my whole face was covered.
I use this cream to numb the area before i go
Post # 7
@aicila: I’m glad to hear that you have such success with electrolysis and I am obviously not promoting myself or my previous career field, just explaining the years and years of experience I have seen and had with the field. I would like to clear up however that while the FDA technically approves electrolysis as permanent hair removal, they also approve alexandrite lasers as “FDA Approved Permanent Hair Reduction.” In my personal experience in dealing with thousands of clients over the years, I have seen better results for darker hairs with Alexandrite Lasers, while electrolysis is the only way to treat white or gray hairs. The OP will have to do her own research, but the rise of Alexandrite lasers in award winning dermatology practices across the world speaks for itself. While they are currently still using electrolysis at these clinics as well.
Just spreading my own knowledge to better inform others, as obviously it bears no difference on myself whether she uses either method or no method at all for hair removal. Thanks, and good luck with whatever method you choose
Post # 8
Thank you everyone for your replies! It turns out that, fo netter or worse, the Groupon was for laser hair removal. Sorry for the confusion, but it’s really helpful to know the difference in case I have a hairy future ahead of me.