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Electrolysis

The battle with unwanted hair, and the removal of it, is for many an ongoing one. Waxing and shaving, the most popular methods of hair removal, offer good results, but unfortunately not permanent ones. The effects from these procedures are only temporary, meaning that the hair will always grow back within a matter of days or weeks. Maintaining the hair removal is therefore a continue process.

However, Electrolysis is one form of hair removal which gives permanent results. The British Institute and Association of Electrolysis (BIAE) recognises that “Electrolysis is the only medically approved form of permanent hair removal.” Electrolysis works by completely destroying the hair follicle, so that it will never grow back again.

This hair removal method involves inserting a metal probe (needle, a disposable sterile needle for each treatment) into the hair follicle to the Dermal Papilla (the base of the follicle). An electrical current is then discharged to cauterise the follicle, preventing re-growth. Each hair is probed individually and then removed using tweezers.

The sensitivity of the skin and the condition, strength and location of the hair determine the treatment plan. The time between treatments will vary depending on the area of skin to be treated and the density of hairs. For example, for treatment on the face, an average time of about 2 weeks should be allowed between treatments.

For most people 1 course of treatment will not be sufficient to permanently remove all unwanted hair, this is due to the following reasons:

1. Wavy hairs: if the hair is naturally wavy, the follicles are often distorted and difficult to reach with the tip of the probe. A number of treatments are often required to ensure that the follicle is fully destroyed.

2. Previous epilation: if a patient has been tweezing or waxing prior to the electrolysis treatment, then it is likely that some of the active follicles will not be noticed during treatment (as they will be hairless). Hairs from these follicles are likely to emerge after the treatment and give the impression that the electrolysis treatment was ineffective.

3. Sensitive skin: if the client has sensitive skin, the treatment will need to be done in stages so as to prevent permanent skin damage.

4. Hormone imbalance: this is often the reason for excessive hair re-growth. If this is suspected then it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to further treatment.

Electrolysis can be used on any area of the body but it is most commonly used to remove small areas of unwanted hair that cannot be removed by other methods, such as hair on the upper lip, arms, toes, the chin and sides of the face. There are no side effects from electrolysis. Some people may experience some redness on the skin immediately after the treatment, but this will soon subside. 

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Electrolysis Frequently Asked Questions

Can the skin be damaged by electrolysis?
Because electrolysis destroys the dermal papilla of a hair, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling associated with electrolysis treatment. In some circumstances, electrolysis causes tiny scabs to form over the treated follicle. These dots are a perfectly normal part of the healing process and will not leave any permanent damage, providing you do not pick at them, scratch them, or otherwise cause them to be infected. Many clients report that their skin actually looks much improved after they've had electrolysis treatments.
How long does electrolysis take to achieve permanency?
Electrolysis requires a series of treatments given over a period of time. The length of time varies from person to person and is dependent on many factors. The density and coarseness of the hair, as well as the total area to be treated, are very important. How well you tolerate treatments and the consistency of the treatment affect the overall success. The cause of the unwanted hair and the temporary methods of dealing with the hair in the past are also involved in the treatment time. Many hairs will be permanently removed after the first treatment while some require additional treatment to achieve permanency. Treatment will be more frequent in the beginning and less frequent later on. The overall results- permanent, hair-free skin, are usually well worth the time spent.
Does Electrolysis Hurt?
There is always some degree of sensation associated with electrology. It depends greatly on an individual's tolerance to pain, the type of hair, and the area that is being treated. Some clients say the pain of electrolysis is about the same as that felt when hair is plucked. Others describe the sensation as 'a slight warmth'. The treatment tends to make a few people jittery, others fall asleep during treatment. New types of topical anesthetic (such as EMLA), and other different techniques for reducing pain, are presently being introduced into electrolysis practice to make treatments more comfortable for clients.
How does electrolysis work?
A trained electrologist inserts a small metal probe into the hair follicle alongside the hair. A small amount of electric current is then delivered to the probe by a sensitive electronic device called an epilator. Depending on the technique used, the electric current destroys the hair root either by heat or chemical action and in some methods by both at the same time.

Galvanic (direct current) electrolysis-the hair is destroyed by chemical action. Thermolysis (high frequency) electrolysis-the hair root is destroyed by heat production. Blend electrolysis-a combination of Galvanic and Thermolysis where the hair root is destroyed by both heat and chemical action at the same time.

All three modalities are safe and effective. Your electrologist will choose the modality which is best for you.

 

How long has electrolysis been around?
The technique for removing unwanted hair by means of electrolysis was invented by Dr. Charles E. Michel, a St. Louis, Missouri ophthalmologist, in 1875. Dr. Michel's invention was developed primarily to resolve the problem of ingrown eyelashes, but basically the same procedure is used today to permanently destroy hair roots anywhere on the face or body.

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