The following comments are based upon my own experiences with electrolysis and upon my discussions with professional electrologists.
We have found the following practice to be the optimum procedure when permanently clearing an area of unwanted hair.
Initially, we (several electrologists and I) were using only the thermolysis modality. However, after treatment each hair follicle repeatedly, it would persistently return. In an attempt to improve the rate of permanent hair loss, we tried the above procedure. Following the change to the outlined procedure, our success rate improved considerably.
Until recently, I had not been satisfied with laser electrolysis due to the lack of permanent hair reduction. However, I have recently started treatment with the LightSheer SC laser electrolysis unit, since it has FDA approval to claim 85 per cent permanent hair reduction. It would be premature at the present time for me to make any statement on the effectiveness of the LightSheer SC, but my electrologist and I have discovered one bit of advice that we can give:
My experience to date is that, with sufficient compression, I can take a high fluence with so little pain that I do not need to use any form of painkiller. This includes not using EMLA and not using Tylenol.
(26 December 2001) It has been a few months since I have stopped using LASER electrolysis on the face. We stopped doing this area since there was inadequate regrowth to warrant continued use of the LASER. We have used thermolysis to treat the white and light-coloured hair, and I now no longer need to shave each day. I still shave about each third day as there is still some hair that have not been permanently destroyed. (We are presently concentrating on pubic hair and, thus, the facial hair is not being treated.) It has been a few months since the last LASER electrolysis on the face and there is no sign of the dark hair. It appears that the LASER has achieved permanent hair removal of the dark hairs.
(18 April 2005) Several people have asked me, over the years, about genital electrolysis. My
response has been that one should consult one's surgeon and obtain that surgeon's recommendations
for completing genital electrolysis. Different surgeons have different requirements.
One point to keep in mind is that the lining of the neo-vaginal vault will undergo a transformation after the initial SRS healing. It has been reported that the lining becomes mucosal tissue, not unlike the cheek lining that one finds inside one's mouth. Along with the structural and textural changes, it appears that hair follicles within the neo-vaginal lining shutdown or disappear. There is no guarantee that this will happen, but it does to appear to happen in a lot of cases.
In my case, I was specially concerned with the issue of permanent genital hair removal. In the end, I could not guarantee that I had achieved permanence prior to SRS. However, I went ahead with the surgery and have had no problems with vaginal hair. Your mileage may vary.
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