WHAT IS ELECTROLYSIS?
Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal from the face and body. Today's medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, current is applied, the hair is then removed with tweezers.
Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face and neck, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, thighs, legs, and toes.
There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.
What Causes Unwanted Hair Growth?
Hair growth is the result of heredity and hormone levels. Also, some drugs, temporary methods of hair removal, and illnesses can stimulate hair growth.
How Many Electrolysis Treatments Will I Need?
Many factors influence hair growth, so you will need to return for several electrolysis visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. Most clients return once a week or every other week as needed. But the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments is complete. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour.
Myths About Electrolysis
Myth: Electrolysis is painful. In most cases, electrolysis actually does not cause much discomfort. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced the discomfort to a mere tingling. A topical anesthetic cream may be used in some cases.
Myth: Laser treatment is more effective than electrolysis. The FDA and the American Medical Association recognize only electrolysis as a permanent method of removing hair. Laser hair removal is only considered as 'permanent hair reduction'.
Myth: Temporary methods of hair removal can be better. Chemical depilatories (liquids or creams) are often used to remove body hair. These products contain irritating chemicals and can be time-consuming and messy. Likewise, bleaches contain harsh chemicals and do little to disguise dark hair. They may also discolor skin. Waxing is another temporary method of hair removal and is usually done in salons. Waxing can be painful and costly. Tweezing and waxing can also increase the debth and coarseness of the unwanted hair.