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Pics of Electrolysis Before and After


So I had my first electrolysis appointment in years on Tuesday. I must say my electrologist is very straight forward with me. She explained that I will have to maintain treatments to get optimal results for permanency. As nice and friendly as she was, she was very stern and this is only because (or I assume) she wants you to get the best bang for your buck and I don’t blame her one bit!

I also told her I am no spironolactone and she was very pleased with that.

I told her I wanted to go to someone who has some type of national accreditation and she explained it’s good to look for but not always necessary to find a good electrologist. Some states simply do not require an electrologist to be licensed. But at the same time, you don’t want to go to someone who does not know what the hell they are doing and you end up looking worse than when you stepped in the office!!

Basically, she inserted a small needle into each hair follicle. It actually did not take as long as I thought. She did most of my whiskers, chin and sideburns in less than 40 mins (36 minutes to be exact.) The needles insertion doesn’t hurt. I mean, you can feel the slightest pressure of it going in but you will feel the current of heat. I say heat because she used thermolysis on me which is a mode of electrolysis that uses heat as opposed to electricity.

The heat was tolerable, but I will not say it was completely painless. Now there were some hairs I did not feel being zapped at all, but most of them, yes, I felt some sensation. I did not cry nor did I ask for her to crank the energy down, though I’m sure I could if the intensity was too much for me.

You can also request numbing cream as some areas are quite sensitive like the bikini line or the upper lip hairs.

In my opinion, it’s worth it. I did have some swelling and some tiny scars, but I know they will clear up. It’s quite normal to see some small scabs on the individual treated hairs so do not fret too much if you get them after getting electrolysis. Now if you see bruising and huge scars, there’s a problem.

If you have the money to maintain treatments, I would go for laser hair removal, but understand you will likely be getting treatments done forever. If your goal is to be hair free forever, give electrolysis a try.

Now here are some before and after pics of the lower part of my face, right on the corner of my mouth, where I am the most hairiest.

Corner of my mouth before

Corner of my mouth before

Same side of my face after electrolysis

Thanks for reading!

Professional Electrologists to Me: Your Hair Isn’t THAT Bad!


So I went to a neighboring city, about an hour away, called Colonial Heights, VA.

It is where a small electrolysis school is located, one that I intend on attending soon.  I love that the school is quaint and small and more importantly, it’s one of the few schools that teaches electrolysis that is registered with the state of Virginia.

The lovely and friendly Mrs. Furrow took me around her facility, which was very cute! She even had some toys for my children to play with!

After talking business about my enrollment, I informed her that I am getting my first electrolysis appointment done this coming week, Tuesday actually. She was very happy for me, but informed me that if I signed up for the classes, there is a good chance that I go be a model for students to practice on under her supervision, for free! Even if I did not sign up for the classes, if I were to get services done there, I could volunteer for such services for free!

How cool would that be!?

She inspected my facial hair and informed me that my hair did not look that bad! The hairs are kind spread apart and very easy to see, making me a great model for students to work on (again, under her supervision!) Coming from an educated woman who has been doing this for years, that made me feel very good!

I look forward to getting free electrolysis done and performing it on others in my own small salon in Newport News, VA.

I chatted with my mom about it who didn’t have a problem with it, but kinda down played the idea, saying I should wait to attend the classes…..wait for what?! I am passionate about this, why not go for it while I can?!

You can read more about Mrs. Furrow and her school and salon, Angel Touch, here.

I really look forward to being apart of this class and learning such a great skill that will change so many lives! I’m excited!

The Beauty of Seeking a Second Opinion With Hirsutism!


Cute chic shaving her beard. Courtesy of americanslideshow.org

So I recently sought a second opinion about my idiopathic hirsutism.

My first endocrinologist was very proactive at measuring my hormonal levels. She tested me up the wahzoo: insulin, androgen, follicle stimulating hormone, thyroid, pituitary, testosterone, progesterone….you name it, she tested me for it!

When it was discovered I had idiopathic hirsutism and not hirsutism from another cause, particularly PCOS, she basically told me to hit the road.

I cannot stand doctor’s that think about themselves more than their patients!

I say this because when I talked to a second endocrinologist, she prescribed me with spironolactone right away! Spironolactone is the main medication for women with hirsutism because it is a water pill that acts as an anti-androgen. It is probably the strongest in the U.S. market. In the U.K., they may prescribe cyproterone acetate which may be slightly stronger than spironolactone.

The second endocrinologist was quite confused as to why the first one did not prescribe me spironolactone. It is true: if taken while pregnant, spironolactone may have adverse effects on a male fetus.

But considering my tubes were tied and did not intend on getting pregnant nor was I trying to get pregnant and informing the first endocrinologist of this, she still did not prescribe me the medication, stating she only gives that to patients with some type of underlying condition.

I told her that I have been researching this medication for a while and it appears to show a great deal of promise in managing abnormal hair growth on a woman; this article came to mind.

So the first endocrinologist told me to take a weak estrogen birth control and advised me to get laser hair removal…bottom line…useless! Me and the second endocrinologist felt she was looking out more for herself than me!

So I was not in the office for more than 30 minutes before the second endo have me a very quick physical exam and sent me on my way….with a prescription for Spironolactone! I was elated! Finally, my 15 year battle with hirsutism may be coming to an end!

If nothing else, I have a way to manage it! I actually purchased some Spironolactone from India, but when I saw it came wrapped in Indian newspaper, I was quite reluctant to put it in my body! Needless to say, that regimen of “spironolactone” ended when I received it!

I have read many forums about spiro not working for many women. I guess it is like any other medication…side effects may simply be different for folks. I have been taking my official spironolactone for a week now and I have not seen any adverse changes. (knock on wood!)

So here’s to successful hirsutism management for me! And YOU!

Thanks!