Questions & Answers / Electrolysis

What is Electrolysis and How is it Performed?
Electrolysis has been effectively used for permanent removal of unwanted hair since 1875. A fine sterile probe is inserted into the follicle along the hair shaft. A controlled amount of electrical current is applied to the probe to target the germinative cells. Thereby the heat prohibits further hair growth. Is electrolysis permanent? YES! As of 1999 Electrolysis is the only FDA approved form of permanent hair removal! Once the hair follicle is destroyed, the hair cannot grow back.

Does it Hurt?
There is some discomfort, much like a quick sensation of warmth (sting), but most report that the sensation is similar to tweezing. Some body areas are more sensitive than others. For women, at certain times of the month, you may feel more sensitive. Topical products such as 5% Lidocaine may help you feel more comfortable during your treatments when applied 30-40 minutes before treatment. You can also take pain reliever a half hour before your appointment. After your 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.

How Long Does it Take to Achieve Permanent Results?
Electrolysis is a series of treatments. The number of treatments varies with each person, depending on factors such as how dense the area is, previous types of temporary hair removal methods, your sensitivity level, hormones, and consistency with follow up appointments. On average, it takes between 12-18 months to achieve permanence. Treatment time and frequency will taper off with each visit. During your consultation, your situation will be evaluated, and appointments can be setup accordingly. It is important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame. Any form of tweezing during the course of your treatment will extend the length of time until permanency.

What is the Difference Between Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal?
Electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal approved by the FDA. Laser Hair Removal has been granted permission by the FDA to claim permanent reduction in hair removal. Electrolysis was established in 1875 and since that time, has proven to be safe and effective. Electrolysis works on all skin types and all hair colors. Whereas Laser is attracted to pigment and only works on dark hair.

What do you mean my growth cycles?
Not all the follicles that produce hair are active. All hairs start as an empty hair follicle and then grow into 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. 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 shedding hairs and are called Telogen. As opposed to when you pluck, the hair might have a moist shiny sheath and black bulb 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 of hairs are above the surface of the skin. Depending on the area of the body, you may wait up to 18-24 months to see all the dormant hairs come to the surface. The appearance of these course replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.

Will my Treatments be Confidential?
This is a delicate subject matter and we can assure you that you can depend on the utmost privacy.

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