1. What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the practice of permanent hair removal that employs the use of a very fine probe or filament which sends a minute amount of treatment energy to the follicle, rendering it unable to produce another hair.
2. Does Electrolysis hurt?
There is a sensation associated with this procedure which can be likened to a slight warming effect in the treatment area. With today's computer-assisted technology, the treatment options and comfort levels have greatly improved.
3. What is the normal growth cycle of a hair?
All hairs have differing cycles of growth and are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally grows for its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant stage. This period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time, however, replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.
4. Is it really permanent?
YES! Electrolysis remains the only PERMANENT hair removal method recognized by the FDA. Temporary hair removal methods such as waxing, tweezing, shaving and threading are just that - temporary. Laser hair removal cannot claim permanent removal...only permanent reduction.
5. How safe is Electrolysis?
Completely safe! The Centers for Disease Control in conjunction with the American Electrology Assn.has developed Infection Control Standards for the practice of Electrolysis. You can expect to see universal precautions practiced in the Electrologist's office, such as your practitioner wearing an appropriate face covering and fresh pair of disposable gloves per client; disposable treatment products; and sterilization of instruments by way of autoclave and/or dry heat sterilizer. You should ask your Electrologist about methods of infection control in order to ensure that the highest level of prevention is being practiced in his/her office.
6. How long will it take to get rid of my unwanted hair?
Many factors impact how long it takes to remove the hair, including hair growth cycle, quantity and structure of the hair, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormonal problems, physiologic changes, medication, stress, etc. The Electrologist will conduct a thorough consultation on the first visit and takes a confidential case history on every client. You will work with her/him to develop a schedule and electrolysis treatment plan. If followed, there is no reason why you cannot achieve the results you desire with Electrolysis. Commitment and consistency of treatment are the key elements for successful permanent hair removal.
7. How much will Electrolysis treatments cost?
Depending upon the hair removal needs of each client, a schedule is set which will determine the length and frequency of appointments. The cost of electrolysis treatments can vary depending on the practitioner, the location and the individual treatment plan.
8. Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?
All areas of the body may be treated with electrolysis with the exception of hairs inside the nose or inside the ears. Common treatment areas are the upper and lower lip, eyebrows, outer ears, hairline, cheeks, chin, chest, back, breast, abdomen, underarms, arms, legs, bikini area, hands and feet.
9. Are there any side effects from Electrolysis?
Some clients experience some redness and very slight swelling immediately following treatment which typically dissipates within an hour of treatment. Post-treatment options will be discussed with you by your Electrologist prior to beginning treatment.
10. Can Electrolysis treatments begin or continue during pregnancy?
Although Electrology has never been proven harmful to pregnant women, it is wisely suggested that you seek the advice of your physician before you continue or begin any such treatments.