What is Electrolysis?
Electrology is the science of permanent hair removal. Using state-of-the-art technology, a minute amount of electricity is gently applied to the base of the hair follicle. This process destroys the hair growth tissue. Therefore, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.
Electrolysis is effective on all skin and hair types, while other removal methods are not.
How many treatments will I need?
The length and duration of treatments varies from client to client. Depending upon the area to be treated, sessions can range from 15 minutes to one hour or more, and multiple visits are also required. There are also many other factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, certain medications and stress all influence the treatment program for each individual. It is important to follow the recommended treatment plan to achieve optimum results.
Are all hairs eliminated after one treatment and will the hair regrow?
Several factors come into play when treating. The hair must be in the proper stage of growth to be properly destroyed during treatment.
Excessive hair growth, known as hirsutism can range from fine, vellus hair to dark, coarse hair on the face and body. Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus breaking down the hair growth cells may require additional treatments. Based on personal and confidential consultation, your electrologist will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs.
Does Electrolysis hurt?
In most cases Electrolysis does not cause much discomfort. Modern methods and technology have made treatments much more comfortable and tolerable than in years past. While individual tolerances may vary, even the most sensitive individuals are now able to tolerate a treatment with the new technology. As Electrologists, we work with the client to find a setting that is most comfortable (while still effective) for them.
Are there any side effects from Electrolysis?
You should expect to see a slight reddening of the treated area, as well as small bumps or swelling that generally goes away within a couple of hours post treatment. If a client is prone to break-outs, we test a small area for a first treatment and the client then monitors that area to see how the skin will react before proceeding further. If a break-out does occur, we have various after care products that we can apply post treatment during future visits to help keep this from happening after each treatment.
What is the youngest age allowed for Electrology treatments?
There is no age requirement for treatment. It is dependent upon the motivation of the young person seeking treatment. Most electrologists want to ensure that it is the young person seeking the treatment for themselves, and not the parent pushing them to do so. Girls as young as 12 years old seek treatment to remove hair on the upper lip as well as to shape the eyebrows.
It is extremely important that you provide your Electrologist with current and past medical history, as well as any medications that you are currently taking in order for them to provide you with the most effective and safe treatment.
Electrolysis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
During your consultation you will fill out and go over a health history card. This will help the Electrologist determine a possible reason for sudden or abnormal hair growth. Some questions you may be asked include:
- Do you have a thyroid problem or condition
- Are you a diabetic
- Have you had menstrual or ovarian problems
- What medications are you taking
- Do you have a family history of similar hair growth
- Some women begin menopause 10 years before actually reaching menopause – could this be the cause
While the Electrologist cannot diagnose a client with any condition, they can assist you in getting these questions asked with the help of your physician if necessary. Regardless of the cause of the hair, it can be permanently removed through electrolysis.
If I have been tweezing or waxing my hairs for a long time, will this affect my treatment?
Yes, tweezing and waxing will affect the treatment. You must permanently stop both tweezing and waxing prior to beginning Electrology. Treatment success is only based on longer using these other methods for removing hair. Tweezing causes hairs to become coarser over time, and it hides the true amount of hair that you have. All of the hairs must grow before the electrologist can permanently remove them. You must be sure to follow a regular treatment schedule in order to achieve permanency as quickly as possible.