Electrolysis is the science of permanent hair removal of unwanted facial and body hairs. Developed in 1875 by Dr. Charles Michel, an Opthomologist in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 1875 ongoing research and development has given us a greater understanding of how the electrolysis process really works. Electrolysis provides the best answer to the problem of unwanted hair regardless of gender, age or ethnicity.
There are three different kinds of Electrolysis hair removal. The first is called Galvanic, which is a electro-chemical current. The second type is called Thermolysis, which is a heat current. The last kind of electrolysis is the blend of both the Galvanic and Thermolysis methods, which is more effective in treating distorted follicles.
Electrolysis works by inserting a sterile probe into the hair follicle down to the dermal papilla. By applying electrical current into the follicle and destroying the papilla, the regenerative cells, the ability to grow another hair in the individually treated follicle is permanently eliminated.
There is no such thing as a painless electrolysis. It is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without sensation because each hair follicle is surrounded by its own network of nerve endings. The sensation, which may be felt, is assurance that destructive activity is taking place. Even though some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, adjustments can be made which may help to make the treatment more comfortable. I recommend the use of topical anesthetic cream, especially for the upper and lower lip.
The number of treatments necessary varies with each client. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, and normal physiologic changes, certain medications and stress influence the treatment program for each individual. It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame. Some improvement should be observed within several months after initiating treatment, provided the patient adheres to the recommended treatment schedule.
Unwanted hair can be safely removed from most body areas. The most common areas include the hairline, bridge of nose, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, chin, neck, shoulders, arms and underarms, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back and chest. The inside of the ears and nose should not be treated.
Immediately following treatment, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few hours. Occasionally, small whiteheads or tiny scabs may occur. It is important to remember that scabs are a part of the normal healing process and will not cause any permanent damage if they are not picked off. When electrolysis is administered by a competent electrologist using modern equipment and current techniques, there should be no visible skin damage. I will discuss with you specific post treatment care to promote proper healing.
Electrolysis is the only scientifically proven method of permanent hair removal. Temporary methods such as shaving, tweezing, threading, depilatories and waxing, require frequent time consuming maintenance. Skin irritations, ingrown hairs, discoloration, and scarring may result. These methods contribute to an increase in hair growth activity.
The American Electrology Association (AEA) with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed national Infection Control Standards which include sterilization of all electrology instruments. I use pre-sterilized disposable probes for every treatment and sterilize all instruments using Dry Heat sterilization. If you are currently receiving electrolysis, be sure to verify the operator is using a method of sterilization approved by the department of Health. Universal precautions also dictate strict hand-washing and use of a fresh pair of disposable gloves for each patient.
You should choose an electrologist with the same care as you choose a physician, dentist, or any personal services. Be sure your Electrologist is a Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) and displays his/her CPE. Certificate. Be sure your Electrologist is a member of the American Electrolysis Associarion and his or her state organization. The membership should be current and the dated certificate of membership should be on display.
All hairs have different cycles of growth and are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally grows at its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant stage. The period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time, however, replacement hairs usually appear within 3 to 12 months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.
– Ideal for large body areas.
– It is quick, simple, convenient, and affordable.
– Waxing also removes the thin layer of dead skin leaving it soft and smooth.
– It takes up to 4 to 6 weeks for the hair to grow back.