What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the only FDA approved form of permanent hair removal through what is called electrolysis and thermolysis techniques. Using state of the art technology, a minute amount of electricity is gently applied to the base of the hair follicle. This process destroys the hair growth tissue. As a result, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.
How does Electrolysis work?
A small probe (the same diameter as your hair) is inserted into the hair follicle which is a natural opening in the skin. After insertion, a small amount of current is applied. That current heats the papilla (which is the capillary that causes hair to grow). The hair is loosened after the current is applied and slides out of the follicle without feeling it. The current diminishes the blood supply to the hair and eventually the blood supply to the hair is completely destroyed. The client should feel neither the insertion nor the removal of the hair.
Will it work on my skin or hair type?
Electrolysis is successful on all skin and hair types.
Is it painful?
Seeing a needle type probe can be intimidating for clients but the follicle is a natural opening of the skin and the client cannot feel the insertion of the probe. The part that the client may feel is the function of the current. Each client may have a different reaction. Some clients feel nothing more than a little warmth while others may feel slightly uncomfortable. Electrolysis is very tolerable especially considering that your electrologist can adjust the current to meet the clients tolerance.
Is Electrolysis safe?
Absolutely! Electrolysis is safe for all areas of the body (with the exception of hairs inside the nose and inside the ears). Your Electrologist should adhere to the American Electrology Association (AEA) standard for infection control which ensure that electrolysis is performed under the highest standards of cleanliness and safety and supersede California State Standards. The equipment used is sealed and pre-sterilized for all treatments. Clients with pacemakers, defibrillators or clients with diabetics may need special permission to be worked on.
What are the side effects?
Following a treatment, clients may experience slight redness and/or swelling which may disappear within minutes to a few hours.
How much does it cost?
The cost of each treatment is determined by 15-minute increments.
How long will it take to remove the unwanted hair?
The determination of how long it will take to get rid of the unwanted hair varies from client to client. The different factors to take into consideration are skin type, coarseness of hair, the full area to be treated, and hair growth phases. The length of time may be determined by the area size being treated, and how many hairs grow per square inch. The electrologist must first see the area to determine anything. It is impossible to know in advance how many treatments will be needed for a particular person. Regular and consistent appointments are crucial to achieve the optimum results. Several hairs will be permanently removed after the first treatment and some hairs will require additional treatment considering the growth phase it is in.