Bring Your Own Electrolysis Probe? No!!!!

June 27th, 2012
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Q: How is an electrolysis probe like a sheet of toilet paper?
A: You should only use it once.

One of the electrologists I work with recently had a new client show up with her own personal probe in a bag. It seems that her old electrologist told her it was her probe and let her take it with her after each session. My zapster friend related this story to her colleagues and asked their opinion. It was the collective "EEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW" heard 'round the world.

Folks, electrolysis probes are disposable. Period. These are single-use items that come in sterile packaging and your electrologist should open a new one for each session. Just because the cooties are yours doesn't mean they aren't cooties. Once a probe has been used for hair removal, it is contaminated and should not be used again at your next session. Some probes are hardy enough to be resterilized, but these things are inexpensive enough to where the best option for both the electrologist and the client is to throw it away and open a new one for the next session. To put it simply, used electrolysis probes are icky.

According to Kelly Morrissy, LE, CPE of Kelly Inc Electrolysis, any instrument that could break the skin should be sterile.

Kelly Morrissy, LE, CPE: Anything that breaks your skin barrier should be sterile or disposable. Even though I plan on using the scissors to cut hair or plastic, I could accidentally cut the skin, so the scissors should be sterile too.

Morrissy keeps a sterile treatment kit containing items like scissors, tweezers, and probes to show her clients at consultation and open fresh for them at treatment time.

Sterile Treatment Kit - Kelly Morrissey, LE, CPE

Sterile Treatment Kit used by Kelly Morrissey, LE, CPE including instruments, gloves, and mask.

In short, if "your" probe is sitting in a bag someplace, throw it away!

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