Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ is based on common questions asked of electrology practitioners. The information below is not intended to provide a diagnosis or define a treatment. Please consult your electrologist to learn more about the electrolysis hair removal service.
What is electrolysis?
Why should I choose electrolysis to solve my unwanted hair problem?
Do electrologist follow appropriate infection control procedures?
For your protection, we follow universal precautions and practices for sterilization and procedures set forth by the American Electrology Association (AEA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and use only pre-sterilized and pre-packaged disposable probes.
How many treatments are required?
It takes a Series. One of the most important elements in achieving successful destruction of the hair follicle is the continuity of treatments.
Permanent results are best achieved by faithful participation of each patient in a planned program that has been tailored to their individual needs.
Is electrolysis expensive?
What is the normal growth cycle of a hair?
Hairs have differing cycles of growth, many of which are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. The follicle produces the hair from the blood supply, and discards it eventually through shedding. The process of growth, rest and replacement is known as the hair growth cycle. The sequence of events is repeated constantly until a hair ceases to be formed.
Are there any side effects caused by electrolysis?
Like many minor procedures in medicine, electrolysis includes a short healing phase. During this time, there may be some redness or swelling and occasionally some pinpoint scabbing.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Electrolysis can remove hair from almost any part of the body. Some common areas for women are: the eyebrows, upper and lower lip, sideburns, chin, neck, breasts, abdomen, bikini area, arms, legs, fingers and toes. It is safe for pregnant women to be treated but usually not recommended in the breast area after the sixth month due to increased tenderness. Popular treatment areas for men are the back, neck, chest, ears, eyebrows and the hairline.
Can women have electrolysis treatments during pregnancy?
Unwanted hair can be caused by hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy. Electrolysis can be performed on any normal skin, including pregnant women. It is safe for pregnant women to be treated but usually not recommended in the breast area after the sixth month due to increased tenderness. We suggest that you seek the advice of your physician before beginning treatment.
Can hairs be removed from moles?
Electrolysis can be performed in most moles where licensing regulations allow it. Your electrologist may require written approval from your physician.
My grandmother used to get electrolysis treatments. Has the technology changed much?
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, plus, intensity settings can now be modulated to varying proportions. The instruments and equipment used in a contemporary electrologist's office are just part of the changes that have occurred in the electrolysis industry.
Are there different methods in electrolysis?
Is electrolysis painful?
During treatment you will feel a sensation described variously as ‘tingling’, ‘slight heat’ or ‘stinging.’ This varies according to your individual pain tolerance, the method used, machine settings and other factors.
How long has electrolysis been around?
The first research involving electrolysis for permanent hair removal began in 1869 in St. Louis, Missouri. It was conducted by an ophthalmologist, Dr. Charles Michel, who was looking for a safe, effective way to remove ingrown eyelashes which often led to blindness. After publishing a medical paper on his method in 1875, the technique was accepted for treatment on other parts of the body. Though the technique and equipment have greatly improved, the same basic method is still in use today
How does electrolysis work?
Is electrolysis permanent?
Are there other methods of hair removal as effective as electrolysis?
What about laser hair removal?
Laser have been used for hair removal since the mid-1990’s. They are safe in the hands of trained technicians, but they have several shortcomings:
- Laser hair removal is recognized as a permanent hair reduction by the FDA. The results are fast and long lasting, but not permanent. Indeed, many customers experience complete regrowth of hair on their treated areas in the years following their last treatment.
- Lasers are not effective on gray, blond or red hair.
- Lasers are less effective on individuals with darker or tanned skin.
- Lasers are awkward and impractical to use when sculpting/shaping eyebrows and other critical areas.
- Lasers work well only when the hair is in the anagen (growing) phase. On some parts of the body, less than 50% of the hairs are in the growing phase.