Not by the Hair of my Chiny, Chin, Chin! - Dayton, OH

MY BACK STORY I started noticing hair on my chin...

MY BACK STORY
I started noticing hair on my chin after the birth of my second child (25yo). It started slow and due to waxing and tweezing it progressively got worse. I also get VERY BAD ingrows/scarring/and keloids! (notice in pic) I have cysts on my ovaries as well. However finding a doctor to look into that is another post all together. Finally I couldn't take it anymore and opted for electrolysis. (43yo)

FIRST ELECTROLYSIS -- xxx
I wont say her name, because she seems like a genuinely nice lady, did not do a good job. She seemed nervous and made me uneasy. She was VERY heavy handed with the probe. So much so that it has left scarring. (see pics) I felt the probe go in and a burning like I have never felt before. I literally was pulling away each time. (and I'm no sissy to pain) She even had the nerve to say: "And I didn't even have it turned up to as high as I wanted it to go." I got a SEVEAR headache ( I NEVER get headaches) that lasted from the moment I left her office until 48 hours later. ...I never went back to her.

SECOND ELECTROLYSIS -- Amy Day
I went for an initial consultation. She took me right on time. She explained everything about the procedure. She discussed my specific situation and what to expect for results. She gave me ideas of follow up care as well as pre-care. She told me to stop waxing/tweezing and to get an electric shaver for ladies. She also told me to buy some Loreal360 for my face, but not to use it 2 days before an appointment ( because it would take moisture from the skin). She was honest about the pain involved and didn't try to sugar coat it. She charges $1 a minute, which is super cool. So if you can't take it in the middle of your appointment and want to stop, you are only billed for what you've used. I have an actual appointment in a few days. I will follow up with how it goes..

UPDATE!
I have now gone to her for a few appointments. I must say I am very pleased with the results. On the other side of my face, which Amy has worked on, it looks flawless! (pics will be added in 24 hrs) The skin looks like normal skin, with no discoloration or scarring. There wasn't nearly as much pain as the first lady. It was tolerable. I did use a numbing cream but I don't think it helped any. I still felt the sting. I have switched to a different numbing cream and will let you know how that works out next time.

Right side

I got the right side done. Iv added the pics so you can see. This is the same side of my face that the first lady burned up. You can see the splotching and discoloration. I know it will correct itself either in a year or if I get a facial peel (which I'm thinking of doing when this is all over, to even my skin tone). I think 2 more one hour appointments and I will have my first clearing. Then I can go in for stragglers and maintenance. I'm hoping to be home free by end of summer.

I also switched numbing creams like I said I would, and it did help. I have read that if you don't like a cream try a gel. So I purchased a gel and it worked much better than the cream. My tech. also added some nitro(?) on top of that to open my pores and let it get in even deeper. I'm not sure if that did anything, but every little bit helps.
Amy Day

She is very pleasant and you can tell she knows her stuff. Great bedside manner as well.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Thank you for your review, glad you had a better experience the 2nd time around. Question, so shaving the hair is better the tweezing, I always thought the opposite?
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Yes, shaving the hair is better than tweezing. My electrologist says she wants the hairs to grow in uniform. She told me that when you remove the hair from the root it can take 3-4 months for it to grow back, which will delay your progress. You will think that she is not getting all the hairs, when in actuality those are old hairs coming to the surface. When you shave ( she wants me to use an electric lady shaver) she can see which ones are growing and zap them. When you tweeze you are pulling it from the root and then there is nothing for her to zap.
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But I find that when I tweeze, I swear the hair in the same spot grows back the next day...drives me mad!
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She told me that each follicle can have up to 3-4 hairs living in it! Isn't that crazy?! So it's not your imagination. His buddy decided to pop up and take his place. lol
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Oh wow, I had no idea...it's like a family of hairs....yuck! 
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My electrolysis lady told me to grow the hair, I have blond hair and she told me to color it if I can, we'll no problem I color in black, otherwise very difficult to see it!!!!! Well, I don't know what mashine she use but it's old mashine, amazing results ! But I always use EMLA cream before treatment( at least one hour before and covering the area with plastic wrap, which difficult to do in pubic area, but amazing results, Emla cream not really will help because needle goes to hair follicle, but I find a way,,,,, local anesthetic shuts they hurt like crazy but after that I don't feel anything! Professional only can do those anastetic local shuts!!!
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The cream I used that didn't work for me was called Deep Numb. The gel that work is called Greencaine and its made by ALMA Laboratories. I got both off of Amazon. What Iv found that works for me was to apply the gel to the area and rub it in. I would then put a layer of gel over the area being treated. Then I would take saran wrap and place it over the gel (this helps with the numbing- as told to me by my tech and other message board users on a hair blog). After an hour I would take the wrap off and apply a thicker layer of gel. I then immediately put the saran wrap back on for another hour. My tech told me NOT TO REMOVE the saran wrap, and to wear it to the office. She said the numbing solution has a tendency to dry out and begins loosing its effectiveness. So, after two hours of application I would head to her office with my wrap in place. Once there she would remove it and start treatment. I do know of a place in Dallas, Texas that will give the local anesthetic shots that you mention. Which is good for large areas or your 'lady business area' down south. They are suppose to be real good from what I hear. They will numb large areas of your body and then they have 2 techs! (one to work each side of your body) to clear the area you need. And they have it where you can sit for several DAYS at a time to finish you faster!....ok, here is the website...www.electrology3000.com/e3000.html They also take care of transsexuals and men. They specialize in helping African Americans and other minorities with pseudofolliculitis barbae. In 2 weeks I'm going back to my tech to get my lip done (I will start a new update). I hear that its a painful area to do. So I am having my dentist numb my upper lip, then I'm heading straight to my electrologist. I hear this is the only tolerable way to do this area, because there are lots of nerves in your lip, so its painful (which also explains why kissing feels so good!) lol.
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Okay, but electrolysis is supposed to be destroying the follicle, not the hair itself. So how are there 3 or 4 hairs coming from the same follicle that has already been treated? I've been getting treatments every week for 7 months now. Although there seems to be less hair in the area that's been treated, there's still quite a lot of hair. I've spent well over a thousand dollars. I've also spent a bundle previously having laser treatments to the same area. Although it was virtually hair free for a year or two, the hair eventually grew back, except minus and pigmentation which was there previously, making future laser treatments impossible regardless of the exorbitant cost.
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Laser isn't permanent. So if its permanency you want, then currently, electrolysis is the only way to go. Iv heard it takes at least 4 FULL CLEARINGS of an area before you never see hair again. Most people easily get treatments for 1-2 YEARS until they are satisfied with a whole area. Some people less. I know my hair is due to hormones, so I expect to be battling this for at least the 2 year mark. It also depends on 1. the skill of your tech 2. the machine/probes they use 3. the method they use 4. the amount of time you sit for each appointment 5. why you have hair (hormones?) 6. area of the body being worked on 7. your body's reaction to treatment (swelling, scabs etc). I get blend and thermolysis. (Iv noticed thermolysis has a higher kill rate for ME, but the pain is not tolerable--she only reserves it for the most stubborn of hairs). I go once every other week now, because Iv had several clearings ( I was going more frequently before). I'm unsure of the machine she uses. My tech (I feel) is slow (she does a lot of talking to me, answering phones etc) while working on me. Her technique could use some work, as I feel the needle go in sometimes, and I feel her pluck occasionally. I would say 7 months isn't enough time for you to be happy. If your a female you may also have a hormone problem, which could belabor your treatment time. A website that I get tons of good info on electrolysis is: hairtell.com on their electrolysis thread. There are many professional electrologist that answer questions on that board. I learned a lot over there. I hope this helps you!
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