Myth vs Reality on Needle Flexibility
Published 22 May, 2018
Myth: Flexible needle equals a good insertion
Reality: Good training and a well-made needle tip equal a good insertion. The relative flexibility of the needle is unimportant.
Myth: A stiff needle will pierce the follicle wall.
Reality: Any needle can pierce the follicle wall in the hands of an inexperienced electrologists. However, a sharp or poorly finished needle will pierce the follicle wall more easily than a well made one. The skill of the electrologist is paramount.
Myth: Flexing during insertion show an incorrect angle of insertion, and nothing more
Reality: Flexing may show poor insertion angle, or poor tip share or finish. Whatever the type of needle, the well-trained electrologist will feel resistance and re-direct the needle regardless of the amount the needle flexes. Many electrologists prefer the control of a stiffer needle.
Myth: A flexible needle follows the curve of a “distorted follicle”.
Reality: Even the most “flexible” needle is made of hard, stiff stainless steel. The follicle, on the other hand, is soft, pliable tissue. Work by Dr. James Schuster demonstrates that there is no such thing as the distorted follicle shown in so many popular charts. In any case, the follicle molds itself to the shape of the needle, not vice versa.