Electrolysis is a hair removal treatment procedure designed to destroy a hair follicle to permanently remove unwanted hair growth from any targeted area on one’s body.
Electrolysis is the process of inserting a very thin probe into the hair follicle and applying a small electrical current to the hair root. The current destroys the cells that allow that hair to grow, and the treated hair is easily lifted out with tweezers. This follicle, if treated properly, will not grow a hair again.
The treatment sensation has been described as a “sting,” a “warm sensation,” and “like the snap of a rubber band.” We’re happy to recommend an effective over-the-counter topical anesthetic you can find at your local drug store if you choose to use one. Many people even find taking their preferred OTC analgesic like aspirin, Aleve® or Motrin® 45 minutes before their session to be very helpful.
Electrolysis requires a series of treatments to achieve permanency. The number of treatments necessary varies from client to client. Factors such as treatment location, hair growth cycles, the quantity of hair presented, temporary hair removal methods previously used, heredity, hormone function, certain medications, and even stress are all factors weigh in to influence an individual’s treatment program. We will help you come up with an individualized treatment schedule to help you achieve the best results possible in the shortest time frame.In general, it takes an average of 12 to 18 months to achieve absolute permanence.Hair grows in cycles that don’t coincide with each other, meaning all the hair you have isn’t visible all at once. Ongoing treatments allow us to treat follicles as they emerge from their dormant phase.
Laser hair removal is not permanent, meaning eventually laser treated hair follicles will return and will require indefinite ongoing followup treatments. The only permanent method of hair removal approved by the FDA for all skin and hair colors is Electrolysis. Lasers also have some significant circumstantial impediments to effectiveness. They have a hard time effectively treating individuals with light, white, or red pigmented hairs and they also have difficulty treating individuals with thin or fine hair strands. Additionally Laser hair treatments can pose a risk to individuals with darker skin colors. Laser Treatment can affect melanin pigment in dark skinned individuals, which can result in permanent scarring and skin discoloration.
Immediately after treatment, your skin will be red and possibly slightly swollen. This usually passes as early as an hour later but can take up to several hours to pass. Using an ice pack can help to reduce swelling. Occasionally, tiny temporary pinpoint scabs may form at the follicle sites treated while the body is healing. Please do not try to remove them until the slough off on their own… they create no scarring or lasting effects unless they are disturbed prematuerly, which can cause scarring risk. For detailed post treatment care instructions please read through our after treatment skin care instructions (hyperlink the after treatment skin care instructions to the actual page)
No! Tweezing and waxing pulls hair out at the root, making it impossible for us to locate a hair root site where permanent treatment is needed. It can take anywhere from 3 – 12 months (or longer) for that hair follicle to return, so yanking hairs out will only serve to prolong your overall electrolysis treatment duration as we’ll be waiting for that hair to be visible again so that it can be treated.
Yes! Shaving or trimming with scissors is totally fine. Shaving will not cause treated hair follicles to grow back thicker or more dense or affect our ability to locate roots and treat them.