Electrolysis is a scientific process to destroy hair roots permanently. First, a thin probe is inserted into a hair follicle all the way down to the root. Next, a small amount of electricity is applied to the root through the probe. This destroys the hair growth tissue. Finally, the hair is pulled out from the hair follicle using a tweezer.
Your first visit begins with a consultation. We discuss treatment options, as well as the area to be treated. We then tailor an individual plan that is best for you. We also discuss, in detail, the process of electrolysis and any individual issues that could be related to excess hair growth. This consultation is brief and informative.
The number of treatments for permanent hair removal will vary from client to client and depends on the growth cycle of the hair, the quality of the hair and any previous hair removal methods. Electrolysis is a commitment you make to yourself, for yourself. The most important factor in your success is sticking to a schedule of treatments.
Depending upon the area being treated and how your skin reacts to treatment, you can schedule a session as often as every 3-4 days. However, most clients find one visit per week sufficient. After the initial clearing of the area, treatments will become less frequent and shorter in duration. During your initial consultation, we will discuss a personalized schedule to fit your needs and lifestyle.
Deep coarse hairs are not always eliminated with one treatment. Hairs that have been plucked can be stubborn due to follicle distortion. Breaking down these hairs may require additional treatments. Also, hair grows in different stages so keeping a regular schedule will help to make sure that all of the hair in the treated area has been epilated during its active growing stage.
Hair grows in three stages: the growing stage, the resting stage and the transitional stage. Not all of the hair is growing in the same stage at the same time, anywhere on our body. Hair can be resting for a few months to a few years, or it can be growing for a few weeks to a few months. For this reason, it is important to maintain a schedule to catch the hair in the active growing stage, which is the best time to eliminate it.
Sensitivity varies according to the area being treated. Most people experience a slight discomfort. There is a sensation of heat. If you find treatment is uncomfortable, it can be soothed by topical creams and by taking a pain reliever such as Tylenol or Ibuprofren. Avoiding caffeine the day of your treatment may also alleviate some discomfort. Being well hydrated helps the process immensely.
It is normal for your skin to appear red and it may be slightly swollen. This is alleviated by placing an ice pack covered with a damp towel directly to the treated area for about 15-20 seconds and then removing it for a few seconds. Repeat this process for 10-20 minutes.
If you find that your skin breaks out following treatment it may be necessary to apply an antibiotic cream. Any irritation after treatment is temporary and will usually disappear after a few days.
There are several factors which contribute to excess hair growth, such as heredity, hormones, medications, age, pregnancy, friction and excessive use of temporary hair removal treatments.
Electrolysis has been around for more than 125 years and has been proven to be permanent. Although laser may seem quicker, be aware that it only reduces hair growth and does not work on all skin tones or hair colors. Electrolysis works for every skin tone and on all hair types. Laser can be expensive and requires several treatments to just reduce the hair growth. Over time, electrolysis is not only more effective; it is also less expensive as the results are permanent.
Permanent hair removal using electrolysis has come a long way since its beginnings in 1875. Today's computer technology enables the electrologist to work with more speed and comfort. Epilators are much quicker, utilizing current timings of thousandths of a second over the longer current applications of the past. Also intensity settings can now be controlled to varying ratios by the electrologist.