Frequently Asked Questions
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the process of removing unwanted hair permanently by inserting a small, disposable, sterile probe into the unwanted follicle, introducing enough electrical current directly to the cells responsible for regrowth. This current destroys those cells, and then the hair is removed. When performed correctly, the skin will heal to its previous state, but the hair papilla and follicle cells will be destroyed so that it is no longer capable of reproducing a new hair.
Medical electrolysis devices destroy the hair growth cells with chemical or heat energy. All modalities equally destroy hair growth cells that causes hair growth. The modality used is the preference of the professional electrologist.
The three modalities used in electrolysis treatments are: The Galvanic (true electrolysis) modality uses a chemical decomposition to destroy the hair papilla and follicle cells: the Thermolysis (high frequency, shortwave) modality destroys the growing cells and hair papilla with heat; and the Blend (or sequential) modality combines galvanic and high frequency to destroy the hair papilla and follicle cells.
Does electrolysis ever damage the skin?
If the electrologist is well trained, skillful and a conscientious professional who is licensed or certified by his/her state’s governing agency, the skin should look smoother upon completion of your treatments. The texture of your skin will be finer and velvety when the pores are no longer held open by the blunt end of the hair.
Is electrolysis dangerous in any way?
The amount of electrical current used is infinitesimally small and poses no hazard. Electrolysis is mechanically safe and scientifically controlled at every stage in its application.
How many treatments?
It is difficult to be specific as to the number of treatments it will take because each client is unique. Several contributing factors are: the type and extent of hair growth, client tolerance, skin type and frequency of treatments. Your electrologist should be able to answer this question more clearly after a review of your case.
What areas should not have hair removed by an electrolgist?
Only with a physician’s approval can the hair on moles or birthmarks be removed.
Does a frequency of treatments have a bearing on success?
It is important for a client to participate in planned program of electrolysis. It is especially important because hair may require more than one treatment. Re-growth is very fragile when it first appears. This is the optimum time for treatment, otherwise the hair will rebuild back to its original strength negating the effectiveness of the initial treatment.
Is work noticeable while being done?
Immediately following a treatment there is normally slight redness and swelling. It lasts for only a short time. Your electrologist will give you instructions for appropriate after care which should allow you to continue with your usual activities.
Is the cost prohibitive?
The over-all benefits received from permanency, outweighs the cost. Regained self-assurance and individual confidence along with other psychological benefits can mean a new life for you. Continuous use of temporary methods over a period of many years will cost you more in dollars, time and embarrassment. Permanency means forever, and something which lasts forever means an investment.
Do You Work with the Transgender Community?
Yes! Hair removal is an important step in the transition process, and we understand how imperative a good result is for a transgender woman’s quality of life. With that in mind, we work together with our clients to help keep the process as smooth and easy as possible.
Yes, we do intimate work on both men and women, for both cosmetic reasons as well as surgical preparation. We are always professional, and we work hard to make things as easy and comfortable as we can for our clients.
Why should I choose electrolysis over other hair removal methods?
Unlike other hair removal options, professionally performed electrolysis eliminates unwanted hair, permanently, with unsurpassed results. Moreover, it does so for the largest variety of skin and hair types.
Laser promoters compare laser to electrolysis although laser assisted hair removal is considered a temporary method. It has not been evaluated for long-term safety of the patient’s skin and health.
Waxing, threading and tweezing are alike. However, ingrown hairs and discoloration may result. Additionally, they may cause an increase in hair growth activity. Depilatories and Shaving can cause an irritation to the skin while the hair regrows quickly. These methods can require a lifetime of maintenance. Many can appear inexpensive but cost more due to long term use and are found to be inconvenient.
Can women begin or have electrolysis treatments during pregnancy?
Unwanted hair can be caused by hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy. Electrolysis can be performed on any normal skin. This includes pregnant women. We suggest that you seek the advice of your physician before beginning treatment.