What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis was discovered over a hundred years ago by Charles E. Michel, M.D. He needed to remove some troublesome hair from a patient's face. He treated the hair with a needle attached to a wire connected to a dry cell battery.
Since 1875, millions of men as well as women have had their unwanted hair treated by this method.
What Causes Unwanted Hair to Grow?
Unwanted hair growth may affect as many as 90% of men and women. Even small amounts of growth can make us feel very self-conscious. Heredity, medications and hormonal changes during the different times in our lives can affect the hair growth.
Stress can also set off the adrenal glands to trigger a hormone reaction that can cause fine, soft hair to become darker and more coarse, thus more noticeable. As women and men confront more stress in their everyday lives, Electrolysis is becoming more in demand.
Is Electrolysis Permanent?
The only method approved by the Food and Drug Administration for permanent hair removal is Electrolysis. Professionals who use equipment to achieve these permanent results are Electrologists.
Is Electrolysis Safe?
Electrolysis is a safe and effective method of permanent hair removal with minimal side effects.
How Does Electrolysis Work?
A very fine filament is inserted into the pore opening along the shaft of a hair follicle. A small amount of heat is distributed through the filament to destroy the hair root, permanently ending further growth to that root. Each hair is treated individually. Most patients feel a slightly warming sensation with minimal discomfort compared to tweezing or waxing.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Very minimal. Depending on the area being treated, the skin may have slight redness or swelling that usually subsides within an hour. Slight scabbing may occur after a few days, and left alone will disappear on its own. An antibiotic cream can be applied to help the healing process.
Within 24 hours of treatment, it is recommended to avoid cosmetics including scrubs, and astringents. Mild soap and water to keep the area clean are advisable.
Prolonged sunlight is not advisable until the area is healed, to prevent possible freckling or hyper-pigmentation (usually for a few days.)
Why Is Electrolysis the #1 Hair Removal Method?
Other hair removal methods provide temporary relief to the problem of unwanted hair and in some cases, can worsen the condition. Tweezing and waxing can make the hair roots much stronger. This results in darker and thicker growth, and can also cause the hair to be ingrown.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Upon consultation, your Electrologist will recommend a treatment schedule. Various factors determine the length of treatments, such as number of hair follicles in the area to be treated, sensitivity of the skin, the area being treated and previous methods of temporary hair removal. A weekly session of 15-60 minutes depending on the area being treated, is usually sufficient. Consistency of your treatment schedules will bring more efficient results.
Is Electrolysis Expensive?
The cost of Electrolysis compared to a lifetime of temporary methods and temporary results, the razors, the creams, waxing, along with the hours of time pursuing these temporary results is usually less expensive. Electrolysis fees are affordable for most! Click HERE to see treatment fees for our services.