My First Electrolysis Appointment

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The first thing my Electrologist, Marge, did when I got to my appointment was ask me a bunch of questions. How long I've been dealing with unwanted facial hair, what I do to treat my facial hair and why I think I have facial hair. She told me that things like thyroid disorders and poly-cystic ovaries can cause unwanted facial hair.

During the first visit, she typically removes a few hairs just so the client can see what it feels like, before making their decision.

So, once we were done talking, I hopped on the bed and Marge showed me the process. She talked about her sanitary procedures, showcasing how all the needles are sterile. Then, she wiped alcohol and another gel on my skin to prepare. Next put glasses over my eyes to protect them, that were exactly like the ones used in tanning salons. 

I'm super scared of needles, and the idea of a needle going into each and every follicle had me a bit nervous, but it turned out to be fine. You could feel the needle going in, you could feel it heat up, and then it would be over and Marge would extract the hair. It felt like a long tweeze. Not fun, not comfortable, but not excruciating. After she did about 5 hairs, she told me that she had 10 minutes free, if I wanted to do a 10 minute session, which I did. She concentrated on my chin, and I'd guess she took out 15 or so individual hairs.

After we were finished, she put some witch hazel on a roller that conducted a electrical current.

According to Marge, this was to reduces bumps and redness, and closes the follicles. She said that usually technicians skip this last step, but she never forgets it, because she know it works. She then put on some Neosporin to prevent any bacterial white heads, which can happen just by touching your skin after treatment.

After-care includes not using makeup, moisturizers, or anything else on your skin for 24 hours. You're also not supposed to touch the skin that received treatment for as long as possible. Ideally, Marge told me, people should would come back within 3 weeks of their last treatment because of the different hair growth stages. She even said she recommended coming every week or two if my budget allowed. I decided to try twice a month.

She also told me that we should only book what we thought I could tolerate, and if I'd had enough, I could quit and just pay for the time that we worked. I left with a red, lumpy chin, but within 2 hours, my skin was fine. (That's significantly less than when I would wax my skin, because then it would stay red for a good 12 hours.) I've learned that I'll have to only book night appointments from here on out, and sleep away the redness.

While electrolysis costs different amounts everywhere, my clinic charges the following:

  • 15 minutes - $20
  • 30 minutes - $35
  • 45 minutes - $45
  • 60 minutes - $60