Probably the most difficult hair to have someone remove is genital hair. Lots of people just don’t seem to want to do it. Such requests usually garner such responses as…”Yeeeeewwwwgggghhhhh!!! WE don’t do that here!!!!!”
So imagine if you will, have a very distinct hair problem that is both terribly private and terribly discomforting. To be perfectly honest about it, I wasn’t terribly inclined in the beginning to do the work myself. However, by about 1995-1996, SRS surgeons had made developments that made such work necessary. Naturally it was only a matter of time before I was approached about being the provider of this work. Soon, I was deluged with requests for two reasons. First, I was willing to do it, and secondly, I was damned good at it.
Other providers attempted to cash in on this work by offering injections and painless electrolysis “down there”. What I began seeing was lots and lots of tissue damage that ultimately led to surgeons recommending NOT using electrolysis for such work. They claimed that the scarring was making graft tissue difficult to work worth. See my section on Thermolysis to see why. PLEASE NOTE – I have never used thermolysis for genital hair.
The most frustrating point is that a lot of people began going online and relating their experiences about surgery and passing along the horror stories about how painful genital electrolysis was. Sad fact was, they had no idea at all. They were getting injections before doing the work. This led to me actually firing one client for coming in all numbed up, then going to the internet to tell the real world about how painful it was. She was an idiot.
Truth is, I had been doing this work with rave reviews from several surgeons who were astounded to find that the tissue was perfectly fine, but with no hair, and doing some of it WITH NO PAIN KILLERS AT ALL.
About this time, I encountered a client who wanted to use EMLA. I told her that it was probably a waste of time, but go ahead. We both learned that genital tissue absorbs most excellently (as Bill & Ted would say) and the work is made dead easy both for the client and myself, too.
So, to recap, the work I do is NOT thermolysis, and does NOT create scar tissue. Pain is easily handled either with topical anesthetics or lower setting used in galvanic electrolysis, or a combination of both. The end resulting work is extremely good quality and no problems with regrowth.
BUT all is not well in Genital-Land. Enter into this melee, a bunch of quacks in lab coats who tell everyone that laser is fantastic for this work. Quick and dirty, and who could resist the concept that 30 minutes of laser can do what hours of galvanic electrolysis cannot do? Well, innocent people who do not do their homework, that is who.
Someone told a red-head that laser would work just fine…
A little known and not often mentioned characteristic of genital hair is the tendency of certain portions to be quite different in nature. For instance, the hairs immediately above the genitals tend to be quite coarse and deep. By deep, I do mean DEEP. Roots extending 1/2 inch under the skin are common. Laser and Thermolysis operators tend to crank the knobs in an attempt to kill these deep hairs and scarring is common with this process. (Well, with damn-near everything else they do, too) Deep penetration is the one area where laser begins to fail as well. Net result…regrowth. With galvanic electrolysis, (PLEASE…see the section and learn why galvanic flow is so effective in killing these hairs) sodium hydroxide can travel the full distance, driven by electrical charges, and penetrate as far as is needed to effectively kill and remove these roots.
For T’s the area between the perineum and the base of the penile shaft is the most critical and a job poorly done can yield results as shown:
So far as I have learned, only gynecological laser can treat these hairs, assuming that the root systems of these hairs are dark and not sebaceous (PLEASE…see the section on hair types, too) If they are sebaceous, the roots are small white balls and laser will have NO effect on them. Even I run out of answers at that point.
Other operators performing treatments in this area run the risk of not killing hair or scarring the tissue and rendering a difficult job for the SRS surgeon.
For those doing bikini line, you will find that these areas can be fairly sensitive. Lower power settings are good and some topicals can help as well. Hairs are deep, but much more easily removed, and the job once finished, is so nice. You will be ecstatic with the results.