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electolosys vs laser

electolosys vs laser

Postby lmak » Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:15 pm

i am scheduled for electrolosys sorry for the spelling next week. I heard once you do those sessions for several months the hair is gone for life. I heard with laser it might grow back in about 8 months. Has anyone done the electro and can share their results?
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Postby joyf » Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:52 pm

OMG YES I have had experience!

I did electrolysis (spelling also) :) several years ago I went through that process for about 1 1/2 years. At the time I didn't know about laser hair removal... was told electrolysis was permanent.

So the process began on my face. I went in for treatments... They inserted needles with wire type things... and there was a machine that the lady monitered everything... the treatments were not very painful.. in the beginning yes. Redness and stuff... but I got used to it.
BUT........
after spending thousands of dollars in 1993 and a year and half of working so hard doing this.... it did not work for me. I did exactly as I was told during the treatments. Did not wax, etc..
All of the hair came back....
very very disappointing.....

This is just my experience with it.. it was a huge dissappoint for me though.

I found a lot about laser hair removal through mmh... and personally from my experience doing electrolysis... wouldn't do anything else.
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Postby michellepaek » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:57 am

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Postby joyf » Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:54 am

Hi Michelle...
You would "think" as much I am roaming around on mmh I would have seen that.. never.. :wink:

I don't know I would feel hesitatant to try something at home (although gosh.. tons cheaper!)

There are still areas I am desiring to laser hair removal, but the cost is just so darn high I can't do it all "right now"....

Has anybody tried this? I don't know... eekk... doing this yourself?
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Postby Excel » Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:40 am

Please do not waste your time with electroloysis. It's a timely procedure. You need to be consistent with your treatments. I had it done for about 9 months and that's nothing. The therapist kept saying you need to do it for a least a year. It's a total waste of money.

Get laser done. BUT make sure that you are going to someone who uses a medical grade laser.
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Postby joyf » Sun Oct 21, 2007 2:26 pm

Excel - I couldn't AGREE with you more!

And I went through the whole deal... for nothing!
I was faithful and consistant with my apt.'s ... so time consuming and such a long, drawn out process.. and it did me no good. :cry:
I was back at square one after it was over...


couldn't agree with you more!
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electrolysis did not work for me..

Postby want2feelpretty » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:33 pm

in 1996 i started getting electrolysis on my chin. I was faithfully going about, once every 1-2 weeks. I just kept going and going. Then i moved and i continued going every few weeks. i think i stopped going after about a whole year of off and on treatments. the bottom line is, for me, IT DID NOT WORK. It just didnt. and i cant really blame it on the tech who did it, bc i switched tech's when i had moved, and i still had no results. i would not recomend it, maybe it works for some, but for me it was just money wasted, and time, and disappointment really.

I started tweezing instead, and now after tweezing, the hairs, i feel have gotten worse so now i am starting laser treatments soon.

Good luck but i would not waste $ on electrolysis. :wink:
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Postby sweetvenm9 » Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:41 pm

Oh boy... how disappoining to read all of this. I just began electrolysis for my chin yesterday, and I was so happy to be finally taking care of the problem that I cried tears of joy on my way home. My chin has gotten so bad from plucking that I now have to pluck twice a day.... morning and night, AND I carry my tweezer with me at all times. It is so depressing at 29... and started at around 22. I am so done with it. My chin is discolored and scarred from all of the plucking I have done through the years. My beautician does it at her salon and is very reasonable. She charges $25 for 15 minutes, but she wound up doing my whole face (very slight moustache and eyebrows)and taking an hour... still charged me $25. She says if I don't pluck or wax and come twice a week (gradually decreasing of course with time) that I will see a huge difference in a few months time. I have known her for years, and I asked her if she ever encountered anyone that it didn't work for, and she said emphatically, "no." I would hope she would not lie to me. She is kind of more than a mother/friend than anything else. Now you all have me wondering if I am going through this for nothing. How discouraging. My derm has been trying to get me to go for the laser, but I let my beautician talk me into the elecro.... because she says it WILL work and that it is permenant.... and because her prices are always so affordable. I am so frustrated. Is there anyone out there who this HAS worked for??? If you are out there, I would love to hear from you. Thanks.

oh yeah... and as for the pain, the chin didn't hurt much because my chin is so used to the abuse, I guess. But the areas I don't mess with much hurt pretty badly at times. I was very red afterward, and then today when I got to work with little makeup on... I noticed that every place where she must have removed a hair, had a tiny red dot. So I had these clusters of dots all over. I had to run and put more makeup on.

Is this normal???
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Postby jewelsjewelsjewels » Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:18 pm

If you haven't heard about it, there is a prescription hair reducing cream called Vaniqa that will greatly help manage hair growth while you pursue either electrolysis or laser removal.
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Postby joyf » Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:01 pm

Jewels,

Hi there, no I have never heard of that.
By chance, do you know if you have very sensitive skin - is it something that side effects would be a concern? rash, or something of the like?

I know there is always a "possiblity".. but I was just wondering how much you happened to know about it! thanks!
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Postby rodeogal » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:28 pm

Tell her she needs to turn the heat down a little bit. When my lady turned it down it did very well. Im thinking of trying laser, after a few months of not being able to go to my electrolysis cuz of work im back to square one.. so its a pain.. might as well try laser.
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Postby macy1 » Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:49 am

I have thought about trying electrolysis too because the hair on my face is mostly blonde and my understanding is that the laser won't work as well on blonde hair. Also, there is no way I could every shave my face; just woud be terrified that every hair I shaved would then be coarse. Right now, I have a mix of coarse hair and soft hair. Hoping someone has a success story about electrolysis to tell. And will ask derm about Vaniqa and see if that helps.
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Postby jewelsjewelsjewels » Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:48 am

Hi, Joy -- When I first started using Vaniqa, my skin reacted with some acne (I'm in my 40's!). To combat that, I applied Clearisel ointment to those areas (after letting the Vaniqa dry for 5 minutes or so). Not too long after, I stopped doing that because my skin had adjusted to the Vaniqa and I had no more outbreaks or any other problems.

Now, the only time I have a problem is if I pluck and then immediately apply Vaniqa (skin doesn't like that and will break out from those pores).

I can't tell you how much I love this product. I had facial hair since I was a teenager and it was progressively getting worse. I was spending up to 2 hours every morning removing my beard. Even then, I wasn't getting it all so I relied on heavy make-up to help. My skin was a wreck from all the plucking and I frequently had bumps from in-grown hairs.

When Vaniqa came out, I jumped all over it. It gave me my life back. While it doesn't stop hair from growing, it inhibits the growth so that only a few hairs "poke through" at a time which makes it so much more manageable to deal with. Now, I spend only 5 minutes a morning plucking, if that, and can go without make-up now if I want to. I'm much more confident and out going -- plus I don't have to run and hide in the mornings anymore. I can't recommend it highly enough.

It is available by prescription only, so you'll need to see a dermotologist. A tube lasts about a month and is $80 (insurance doesn't cover it). WELL WORTH IT. Here's the link:

http://www.vaniqa.com/
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Postby joyf » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:40 pm

Jewels,
Thank you!
Laser Hair Removal is by far "for me" the best yet..
however, it does cost LOTS of $$ to get EVERYTHING I want! So was just curious to hear what you had to say on this one.

thanks again.
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Postby jewelsjewelsjewels » Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:30 pm

Remember that you can use Vaniqa in combination with the laser hair removal to make the process more manageable (i.e. laser certain parts repeatedly until finished and use Vaniqa on the other parts to cut down on embarrassing hair growth).
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