Electrolysis is a permanent method used to remove unwanted hair on almost any part of the body. Electrolysis targets hair follicles beneath the skin's surface and permanently destroys them by administering a small amount of electrical current through a fine probe or needle.
The average treatment ranges from 15 minutes to one hour. The amount of time per treatment depends upon the reaction of the skin to treatment, and the patient's sensitivity. Timing also depends on what part of the body is being treated and the modality being used. The first treatment typically lasts about an hour or less. If this treatment is tolerated well, a patient may choose to receive longer treatments at one time if needed.
The amount of hair that can be removed in one treatment depends upon the sensitivity of the patient, the skin, and the method used by the electrologist.
The truth is, electrolysis usually causes only minimal discomfort. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced the discomfort; however, a topical anesthetic may be used if desired.
Beware of devices that are being marketed for home use. These devices are targeted at the skin level and essentially melt or burn the hair in the opening of the follicle. These do not reach the part of the follicle that needs to be treated for permanent results. This can also cause trauma to the skin. These same issues are true with bleaches and chemical depilatories (liquids or creams) as well as containing harsh and irritating chemicals.
Waxing is a temporary method of removing hair by applying a hot wax to the skin, and when it has dried, the wax is ripped off pulling the hair out with it. Besides being painful, this is also irritating and traumatic to the skin and sometimes can burn the skin or peel some of it off. Waxing and tweezing will cause the hairs to become coarser, more distorted and harder to remove permanently, and therefore should be completely discontinued once electrolysis has begun.
Once again, none of the above methods are permanent, and besides being ineffective, may be unsafe for use by anyone who is not trained in electrolysis.
Electrolysis is a time-tested method that was invented more than 100 years ago to remove irritating, in-grown eyelash hairs. Electrolysis works on any color of skin and hair, and can be done on almost any area of the body, including the eyebrows, face, ears, breasts, back, arms and underarms, abdomen, bikini and genital areas, thighs, legs, fingers and toes, as well as the surgery site for transgender reassignment. There are no permanent side effects. Sometimes, a light reddening of the skin occurs during or immediately after treatment; but this will only last for a short time. Electrolysis is very safe and effective, and unlike depilatories or bleaches, no harsh chemicals are used.
There are three modalities available for use in electrolysis. The electrologist should be knowledgeable and able to explain which will work best for the type of hair being treated. Just because a machine looks sleek and is called state of the art, does not necessarily mean that it will deliver superior results. The electrologist needs to be the one with the knowledge and capability. A machine that can be manually set can accommodate the many different types of skin and hair of people of different origins or even the different areas on an individual.
Electrologists are people who have undergone training to professionally administer the electrolysis procedure. If you are considering having electrolysis treatments, it is important to do your research before committing to an appointment. By following the guidelines listed below, you can take comfort in knowing that you will be making an educated and informed decision when choosing an electrologist.
Many states require that electrologists be state licensed to practice electrolysis. If you live in one of these states, be sure the practitioner's license is current and fully on display. In all other states, look for an electrologist that is not only certified from an accredited electrology school, but more importantly look for the CPE credential after their name to show that they are a professional whose knowledge has been tested on a national level and they are required to complete 75 hours of continuing education every five years to retain this credential.
See if the electrologist offers a free consultation to explain what the treatment will consist of and what you can expect for results. They should be able to give you an idea of the time required per session for your personalized need and the cost of that. Ask how long they have been in business and if they have clients who would be willing to confirm satisfaction of results. Also ask if they use disposable gloves and probes and proper sterilization of tweezers. You may also ask what the procedure feels like and if any type of numbing solution is available for sensitive skin.
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