Electrolysis hair removal

What is Electrolysis hair removal?

Electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is removed with tweezers.

Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, abdomen, thighs, breasts, and legs. There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.

Is electrolysis something new?

Definitely not! Since 1876, medical journals have recorded successful electrolysis treatments.

How does electrolysis remove hair?

A complete description is lengthy and highly technical, but basically the electrologist directs a tiny split-second impulse into the hair root, destroying it instantly so that it will never reproduce another hair. (A split-second impulse is a brief passage of electrical current.)

Where does electrolysis remove hair from?

Everywhere, except the inside the nose and ear.

Are needles used? Yes, but they are not the ordinary kind. As professional electrologists, we use an extremely fine, threadlike needle.

Is electrolysis painful?

There is slight discomfort to the client. There is no such thing as a totally painless electrolysis.

Is electrolysis really permanent?

Yes. Electrolysis is the only permanent way to remove hair. Tweezing, shaving, pumice stone, waxing, and depilatories are all temporary methods and the hair does come back.

If electrolysis is permanent, why does the hair come back after it has been treated?

The secondary growth you see will not be the same hair that has been treated. It takes anywhere from three to ten weeks for hair to grow, and sometimes hairs could lay dormant under the skin for six months before ever appearing on the skin. Each time new hair appears, they will be finer and weaker until they are completely destroyed. Your own attempts to remove the hair has actually stimulated growth.

How Many Electrolysis Treatments Will I Need?

Many factors influence hair growth, so you will need to return for several electrolysis visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. Most clients return once a week or every other week as needed. But the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments is complete.

What is the cause of this unwanted hair?

Everyone’s body is different. But it is a known fact that hormones play a big part in hair growth. Tremendous hormonal changes take place during puberty, adolescence, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. 

Androgen, which is the male hormone also present in women’s bodies, is the main culprit. A glandular irregularity, usually one of the ovaries or adrenals, cause some women to have slightly elevated levels of androgen. This not only stimulates hair growth, it usually coarsens existing hair. 

Excessive hair growth can also be traced to hereditary background, certain types of illnesses. Certain types of medications may also be factors.

What should be done about hair that grow in between treatments?

Only cutting is advised. Never tweeze or wax, this is only counteracting what your electrologist has done.

How about healing?

Healing is generally rapid. Different people have different skin types. Sensitive skin would naturally take a little longer to heal. A temporary redness usually occurs, but will quickly disappear on its own after treatment as directed by your electrologist.

What is the difference between Electrolysis and Laser?

Electrolysis treats each hair follicle individually with a very fine, disposable, sterile probe to permanently destroy the follicle’s ability to reproduce, thereby eradicating hair growth on completion of the course of treatment.

Laser tends to treat large areas of skin using a laser or light-based lamp which can reduce hair growth, but not remove all the hair permanently. It is termed hair reduction rather than hair removal.

LASER and IPL [Intense Pulsed Light] can provide a permanent reduction of hair. Up to 85% of the hair can be permanently removed. Unlike electrolysis, they cannot permanently remove all the hair in any given area and Laser/IPL treatment requires further treatment when the hair grows back.

In addition to this, many people and hair types are not suitable for LASER and IPL e.g. fair, blonde, red or grey hair; people with a tan or on certain medication.

During treatment with LASER or IPL intense pulses of light are applied to each section of the area to be treated. The light is attracted to and absorbed by the melanin [pigment] in the hair causing the cells which stimulate hair growth to be heated and destroyed.

Some of the more undesirable side effects of laser hair removal can include discoloured skin, swelling, skin redness, blisters, and scarring.

Lasers can increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity); so direct exposure to the sun must be avoided immediately after the procedure. People having laser treatment should avoid sunlight for 6 weeks before treatment to prevent discolouration of the tanned skin.

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