Proper visual aids are, in my opinion, the defining factor in the effectiveness of electrolysis. Looking through a cosmetic mirror simply doesn’t show you the follicle opening, nor are you able to properly gauge the skin reaction to the current. When I was a client of electrolysis I had one electrologist assure me that anyone who used a microscope did so only because their eyesight was bad. The scary thing is that I think she really believed it. (And this clinic is still in business charging $70+ for extreme plucking!)
Proper Electrolysis Magnification
Investing in medical grade tools is a must at some point in an serious electrologist’s career. Your kill rate will increase substantially, and you will be able to work with better posture and less eye strain in the long run. It’s an investment that will pay for itself many times over as once you purchase a pair of surgical loupes or a surgical microscope, it is very unlikely that you will ever have to replace them.
Heine 6x Surgical Loupes For Electrolysis Magnification
I tried both styles of surgical loupes for electrolysis magnification before I decided on the headband (my particular model does not have the lenses in between my eyes and the loupes). The best loupes for electrolysis magnification are the 6x loupes because at that point you are very near to the minimum level of magnification a surgical microscope can provide. Heine 6X surgical loupes are a fraction of the price of a surgical microscope – I paid about $2600 CAD for my Heine surgical loupes.
There is a very steep learning curve with the Heine surgical loupes as it takes some time to learn to focus them properly. I also find that it takes time to learn to work with them without constantly adjusting them to get a good focus. Your eyes will feel strained during the first few weeks you use them and you will have to build up your tolerance to them. I chose the headband style because I simply couldn’t get a good focus with the glasses style.
The best thing about the loupes is that you have a lot more freedom to move than with a surgical microscope. They also travel well so that opens up new possibilities for in-home treatments.
The drawback of the loupes is they just don’t have the power of the microscope. If you are upgrading from a magnifying lamp then the loupes will be a big leap forward for you. You’ll have a clearer idea of the entry point of the follicle, as well as the direction of the hair under the skin. Your speed and accuracy are sure to improve as well.
You can find an overview of the Heine products at their website.
Best Product For Electrolysis Magnification – Opmi 99 Surgical Microscope
A surgical microscope has a much higher price tag than a pair of surgical loupes. Even a secondhand one will set you back between $5000-7000 (Although I have seen them as low as 1000 in the States). They are not cheap to transport either. The microscope can be mounted to a tabletop or you can keep it stationary with an iron base (set on caster wheels) that weighs 100kg.
In terms of magnification there is nothing to surpass it. There is 6x, 10x, and 16x magnification. I generally work with 10 or 16x magnification. The Zeiss Opmi 99 uses a halogen bulb as a light source and it gives out some heat. My Heine loupes have an LED light source which I prefer.
The Opmi 99 has a long arm and many points of adjustment so you can get the angle and level of focus just right. In contrast to my surgical loupes I find I don’t have to adjust my microscope as much because I don’t lose the focus if I am looking to the outer reaches of the working area. There is a much broader field of vision with the microscope than there is with the loupes.
I use both my loupes and microscope on a day-to-day basis although I tend to favour the microscope. This may be because I’ve been using it longer so I’m much more comfortable with it. I am trying to transition to the loupes simply because they take up less space and really allow me more freedom of movement during a treatment.
The Opmi 99 is fairly easy to acquire secondhand, however, Zeiss does have other options if you look at their website. The Opmi 99 is a discontinued product and, unfortunately, the price point of entry into the surgical microscope market is now close to 20k although there may be cheaper options in Europe.