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I've been struggling with the decision to buy the "Silk'n" device used at home to permanently remove my facial hair. What makes me hesitate is that it seems like a sort of miracle cure and I'm cautious about spending money on such a thing. Even so, I've heard little other than that it actually works and really does get rid of hair. It costs a few hundred dollars from what I've seen but that's worlds cheap compaired to electrolosis. However I know electrolosis does work, as I've already had most of the hair of my cheeks cleared away for good. The only thing with that is that it takes time and is increadibly costly financially. With all I've spend on electrolosis I'd have expected my entire face and neck to be permanently cured of the bristly plague on my face.

My decisions for permanently removing facial hair are continue to save money for more electrolosis appointments or to take the chance to buy this "silk'n" hair remover, or something of equal reputability, and hope it truely is what it's said to be. Others in the forums seem to cautiously be pleased with the results of these at home devices. But before I pour time and money into a decision I was wondering if anyone had any advice? I'd appreciate any feedback offered.

Thank you!

Serene

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Guest Krisina

Electrolysis is the only thing that is certified by the FDA for "permanent hair removal"

You won't find that on anything else.

Laser treatment like the professionals use is certified by the FDA as "permanent hair reduction" and not everyone is a good candidate or has the same results.

Hairs on the face from people born m are thicker and deeper. There no cheap or easy way to get rid of them. If there was all of the electrolysis would be out of business.

Electrolysis costs a lot of money but it is not paid for all at once. The treatments are pay as you go as you can afford it. The final results are something to look forward to.

Krisina

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Guest Donna Jean

Electrolysis is the only thing that is certified by the FDA for "permanent hair removal"

You won't find that on anything else.

Laser treatment like the professionals use is certified by the FDA as "permanent hair reduction" and not everyone is a good candidate or has the same results.

Hairs on the face from people born m are thicker and deeper. There no cheap or easy way to get rid of them. If there was all of the electrolysis would be out of business.

Electrolysis costs a lot of money but it is not paid for all at once. The treatments are pay as you go as you can afford it. The final results are something to look forward to.

Krisina

Krisina is right. Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal system....

I've had 65 hours so far and at least that much more to go.....It's not cheap, but, it works!

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Dee Jay

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*offers hugs to everyone*

I thought that might be the case. I feel like I'm trudging through a thick marsh of my first step in transitioning still. It's the fact that I'm still trying to get rid of facial hair, to say nothing of that on my chest, arms and legs, and I'm not even close to progressing toward my second step. I suppose it's a bit depressing. It makes me feel like I'll never get there. But it really does seem electrolosis, as slow going as it is, is certified as the only real "permanent" hair removal option. Thanks for the input! I will continue to do research and continue to save.

Serene

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Guest Sarahwr

Hi.

Removal of my facial hair is quite high on my priorities at the moment. I am not too concerned about my general body hair as I only have to shave my legs and arms every 2 or 3 days, not much more than some naturally born physical females do. I have very little chest hair and just a few straggly ones round my nipples.

Unfortunately it is my facial hair that is annoying. I have had appointments with both laser treatment and electrolysis clinics and both have been rather negative in their assessment of my hair colour.

My head hair is very grey, but it is still there:-) and the feeling is that my facial hair will also be very grey rendering laser treatment mostly ineffective.

At the moment I shave (ughhh) first thing in the morning, about 6 o'clock, which usually lasts me for the day. I must say though it is so nice to remove the overnight growth. If I am going out say in the afternoon though I will shave again. I always apply make-up, not heavily, but enough to cover up any blemishes.

I have read quite a lot about "DIY" hair removal but don't have confidence enough yet to buy a hair removal system. It just seems that all the adverts you read all say their system is the best even with grey hair.

It is one aspect of my life at the moment that I wish was not such an issue but there are more important things for me to think about like how much I am enjoying my life.

Best wishes,

SarahW

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