Questions & Answers
Electrolysis has been effectively used for permanent removal of unwanted hair for over 140 years. It is accomplished by the insertion of a fine sterile probe into the follicle along the hair shaft. A controlled amount of electrical current is applied to the probe to target the germinative cells thereby prohibiting further hair growth.
YES! As of 1999 Electrolysis was the only FDA approved form of permanent hair removal! Electrolysis is the only medically proven method of permanent hair removal. Once the hair follicle is destroyed the hair will not grow back.
There is some discomfort, much like a quick sensation of warmth (sting), but most report that it is similar to tweezing. Some areas are more sensitive than others. For woman certain times of the month may be more sensitive. Topical products such as lidocaine may help you feel more comfortable during your treatments. You can also take pain reliever a half hour before your appointment. After treatment the skin may be slightly red or swollen for 15 minutes to one hour. Many clients have treatments during their lunch period and return to work for the afternoon.
Electrolysis is a series of treatments, the number of treatments necessary varies with each person, depending on factors such as: how dense the area is, hereditary growth patterns, previous types of temporary hair removal methods, your sensitivity level, your hormones, and consistency with follow up appointments. During your consultation, your situation will be evaluated and appointments can be set up accordingly. On average it takes between 12-18 months to achieve permanence. Treatment time and frequency will taper off with each visit. It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame. Any form of tweezing during the coarse of your treatment will extend the length until permanency.
Electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal approved by the FDA. Some laser manufacturers have been granted permission by the FDA to claim a "permanent reduction" in hair removal but cannot claim it permanently removes all hair. Electrolysis has been around since 1875 and has proven to be safe and effective for over 140 years. Laser has only been used in hair removal for a relatively sort amount of time and has not been evaluated for long-term safety and effectiveness. Electrolysis works on all skin types and all hair colors, whereas the laser is only attracted to pigment and only works on dark hairs and light skin types.
Not all the follicles that produce hair are active. All hairs start as an empty hair follicle and then grow in to a fully mature hair. Then the hair separates from its blood supply, ascends toward the surface of the skin and falls out. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant or resting stage. The period of dormancy may last for 5 to 16 months. If you have ever brushed your hair and looked at the hairs in the brush you may have noticed the white tuft on the end. These are hairs shedding hairs called Talegen. As opposed to when you pluck, it might have a moist shinny sheath and black ball at the end. This is an active growing hair, called Anagen. Not all hairs are visible on the surface of the skin at any one time, only a percentage hairs are above the surface of the skin. Depending on the area of the body, you may wait for 24 weeks or 24 months to see all of the dormant hairs come to the surface as your hair pattern fills in. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.
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Gather your personal contact information and medical history.
Assess your hair growth issues.
Explanation of procedures, hair anatomy, and growth cycles.
Explain sterilization procedures so you can feel safe and comfortable.
Recommend a customized treatment plan that allows you to gain maximum results.
Offer you a sample treatment to introduce you to the processes of electrolysis.
Explanation of after care instructions.
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