Laurier Electrolysis Probe - The Nuts and Bolts of IBP

February 28th, 2013
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A few months ago, I posted about a small change to electrolysis probe design that's making a big difference in client comfort - the Laurier "Kelly Tip" IBP. Since then, Laurier has been expanding the "Kelly Tip" line to include more sizes based on electrologist feedback. There are lots of questions about the various sizes and options, so Mike Roy of Laurier Instruments took some time to pull all of the information together.

Laurier IBP Electrolysis Probe Blade Lengths

Laurier IBP Electrolysis Probes come in three blade lengths - Short, Medium, and Long.

Blade lengths for Laurier IBP for Electrolysis

Laurier IBP Electrolysis Probe Tapers

Laurier probes and needles are tapered. Each size tapers to its tip from the larger diameter of wire where it emerges from the stem. This results in a superior insertion and the ability to follow a curved follicle when needed.

Laurier IBP Electrolysis Probe Tapers

Laurier IBP Electrolysis Probe Available Sizes

Standard IBP
Size Short Medium Long
.002" or .0508mm    
.003" or .0762mm  
.004" or .1016mm  
.005" or .127mm
.006" or .1524mm

 

"Kelly Tip" IBP
Size Short Medium Long
.002" or .0508mm    
.003" or .0762mm    
.004" or .1016mm    
.005" or .127mm  
.006" or .1524mm  

 

Laurier IBP Electrolysis Probe Exposed Tip Lengths

The difference between a standard IBP and a "Kelly Tip" is the exposed tip length. According to Mike Roy:

"The principal behind the IBP is to avoid treating the upper areas of the follicle not involved with the production of hair. The percentage of the lower root sheath we must target remains fairly constant, however the overall depth of the follicle varies greatly. The Kelly tip is intended for vellus/ shallow insertion where the papilla is located closer to the surface and the treatment target smaller. They also allow more focus when desired for treatment in other than anagen stage growth."

 

Size Standard Exposed Length Kelly Exposed Length
.002" .035" or .889mm .020" or .508mm
.003" .035" or .889mm .022" or .5588mm
.004" .045" or 1.1429mm .033" or .8382mm
.005" .055" or 1.397mm .045" or 1.1429mm
.006" .055" or 1.397mm .045" or 1.1429mm

 

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6 Responses to “Laurier Electrolysis Probe - The Nuts and Bolts of IBP”

  1. Hi Mike,
    I've been reading the comments on the FB AEA page an would be interested in trying this new Kelly tip. I recall that recently you had an offer for samples; provided that is still the case I would love to try whatever sizes you would send, .002's and .003's if possible.

    Thank you for your time,

    Jodie
    [phone number redacted]

  2. Mike Roy says:

    I'd be glad to send you some Jodie, are you familiar with our standard Probes ? I will call you tomorrow. -Mike

  3. Gail King says:

    I am interested in your probes. I have heard about Laurier for many years. It is time to try them and see if all the positive chatter on FB is true!
    [phone number redacted] I will be available in the morning.

  4. Erika Frankel says:

    Folks, I've redacted the phone numbers on your comments for your protection. This is a public blog and I'm not sure if those are your public phone numbers. If you want me to put them back, let me know and I'll be happy to do so. Meanwhile, Mike Roy can be reached here: http://www.laurierinstruments.com/mail.php . You can also order these probes or request samples from Skip Mahler at Instantron - http://www.instantron.com/ .

  5. Mike Roy says:

    The mail form on our web page seems rather cold and impersonal. That form is there to filter spam only. All those messages come directly to my desk.

  6. skip mahler says:

    As an Electrologist and Instructor, I have had the opportunity in using everything on the market for this industry over many years. I find the Laurier Insulated Probes outstanding in design and effectiveness. The most insulation to the follicular wall than other probes manufactured. The current really comes from only the tip of the probe. Please call Instantron for your free Laurier samples, and all your electrolysis equipment and supplies. Thank you! 800-886-6141

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