I have passed another milestone in my transition. My first electrolysis session. I had researched laser and electrolysis and electrolysis has a long track record of success.
I did ask a couple of trans women for advice. A few recommended taking Vicodin before I went. Unfortunately Vicodin gives me really bad stomach cramps. I took 3 extra strength Tylenol instead. My tolerance for pain is very high so I thought it would be enough.
I talked to the electrologist for a bit before she started. She explained the procedure and showed me the probe and the machine. Then I filled out some paperwork and we got started. One thing I have to remember is that I have to let my beard grow a bit before I go again (I cringe at the thought but it has to be done). I wanted to start under my chin at first. I was told that was a good spot to start since it is less noticeable. Well I didn’t leave enough stubble there for her to work with. So she started on the area below my lower lip. Definitely not the place I would chosen but I can say I’m glad to get some of that part out of the way. Since pain is subjective all I can say is that the lower lip hurts more than the chin. The pain is similar to a pinch. One friend said it was a lot like getting a tattoo. I personally prefer the results from electrolysis.
One thing I just don’t understand. Why do people insist on carrying on a conversation when you can’t respond. Every dentist I’ve gone to engages in small talk that usually requires a response. This occurs abound the time that you mouth is filled with tools and fingers. Have electrolysis is not much different. The electrologist was asking me about my transition and my family all the while she is pulling on my lip and stretching the skin around it. Plus the process itself wasn’t very conducive to conversation.
One last thing, even though I only have small areas that are hair free, I LOVE it. The skin is so soft and smooth. I cannot wait to schedule my next session. No pain no gain.