What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is permanent hair removal for every body, regardless of skin color or hair type.

There are many ways to remove hair from your face and/or body, but if you want it gone forever, Electrolysis and Laser are your best bets.

Electrolysis is performed with a device called an Epilator. Because Electrolysis has been around longer than Laser Hair Removal, many people think the Laser has now replaced Electrolysis, but in fact that is not the case. Electrolysis still plays an important part in hair removal for most people, especially designing eyebrows, peach fuzz, lighter color hair including white, gray or pesky hairs.

Electrolysis treats the papilla (hair root) via the insertion of a very fine probe (and its accompanying tiny electrical charge, or heat charge) into the hair follicles, thus removing hairs one at a time. When performed by an experienced technician who treats the growth center of the hair, the hair follicle is permanently destroyed. The entire hair can be gently removed with a tweezer. The slight stinging or discomfort some people experience with Electrolysis can be addressed with a topical anesthetic cream if necessary. Generally by the next day any soreness and redness is gone.

THERMOLYSIS (SHORT-WAVE) is the most modern and common modality used in many states, but not limited to.

This Thermolysis modality heats and destroys the hair growth cells in the follicle. A higher intensity current can be applied for less time in the follicle, or the current can be used at a lower intensity with longer timing.

The three modalities in current use are: GALVANIC ELECTROLYSIS, THERMOLYSIS (SHORT-WAVE) and THE BLEND.

All are effective, and deliver permanent results.

Check with your electrologist if they are licensed in your state, offer disposable probes or very fine needle(s), and wear disposable gloves.

Any questions can be addressed at your scheduled consultation.

Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is regrowth to be expected?

Excessive or unwanted hair can range from fine, vellus hair to dark, coarse hair on the face and body. Breaking down the hair growth cells on deeper, more coarse hairs may require more than one treatment. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, your electrologist will design a treatment plan that addresses hair removal needs specific to your case.

Aftercare for electrolysis treatments

Immediately following treatment, you may experience slight redness or tenderness which usually disappears in a couple of hours. There is very little risk of complication or serious skin irritation with electrolysis performed by a skilled practitioner.

For the first 24 hours following treatment, it’s best to avoid activity that could irritate hair follicles such as excessive sweating, tanning and prolonged sun exposure or make-up application.

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