Electrolysis for Hair Removal
Hair growth is the result of heredity and hormone levels.
It can also be stimulated by certain drugs, temporary methods of hair removal, and some illnesses.
Products for temporary methods of hair removal (liquids or creams) contain irritating chemicals and can be time-consuming and messy. They may also discolor skin.
Waxing is another temporary method of hair removal and is usually done in salons. Electrolysis
Facts About Electrolysis
- It is a method of permanent removal of individual hairs from the face or body.
- Current medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with a shortwave radio frequency using chemical or heat energy.
- A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, and the hair is removed with tweezers. There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis and blend.
- One should get the procedure done only from the people who have special training to perform electrolysis.
- Hair has different stages of growth (growing, resting and shedding) and at any given time all hair is at different stage.
- Thus, multiple sessions are needed to achieve the best possible results, and the total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person.
- Each treatment session lasts between 15 minutes and one hour.
- Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis.
- Common areas for woman are facial areas (upper lip, chin, neck, cheeks,), breasts, abdomen. It is not recommended for large areas such as legs, back and bikini areas.
- Common areas for men are around the ears, top of the nose, eyebrows, cheeks above the line of the beard, around the edges of the beard and any areas where ingrown hairs are causing problems.
Side Effects of Electrolysis
- Electrolysis requires a longer course of treatment than lasers, but results in complete, permanent removal of all hair.
- Since electrolysis doesn't target hair pigment (color) like laser, but attacks the follicle itself, people that are not good candidates for laser can still get electrolysis.
- Electrolysis has the best overall results, versus any other method, in ridding hair for long periods of time or even permanently.
- Electrolysis is not painful: Modern electrolysis methods have reduced the discomfort to a mere tingling or mild warming sensation. A topical anesthetic cream may be used in some cases.
- Electrolysis hair removal is the only method approved by the FDA and the American Medical Association for permanent removal of hair. It is clinically proven for safety and effectiveness.
- There are electrolysis devices available for home use, but they are often unsafe for use by anyone who is not trained in electrolysis.
There are generally no permanent side effects.
Risks of Electrolysis
- Sometimes temporary slight redness, swelling, scabs, dryness or ingrown hair may occur. These disappear soon depending on the skin sensitivity and skin type.
- Scabs are considered as a sign of healing, but serious ones can lead to pigmentation changes and permanent scarring.
- Infections from using an unsterile needle.
- Scarring from improper technique.
At The Skin
, we primarily use lasers for hair reduction. Electrolysis is offered to patients with white hair or scattered coarse black hairs.