Permanent Hair Removal (Electrolysis)

According to the FDA, Electrolysis is the only form of permanent hair removal while Laser or IPL offer permanent hair reduction.

Electrolysis is used to permanently remove the unwanted hair from face and body with chemical or heat energy, including the light in color (blonde, grey, red, or white) that cannot be treated with Laser or IPL.

The treatment works after a very fine needle (same diameter as that of hair) is inserted into the hair follicle and then electrical current is applied.  The current produces heat at the base of the follicle causing the proteins and blood supply to coagulate and cauterize, thus inhibiting the growth of another hair in the same follicle.

Electrolysis is more time consuming than treatment with Laser or IPL, as each follicle must be treated individually, but it remains the only real effective way of treating hair permanently, especially on the facial areas.

Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, abdomen, thighs, breasts, chest, back, and legs. There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.

Hair growth is the result of heredity and hormone levels. Also, some drugs, temporary methods of hair removal, and illnesses can stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis may be an option when hair growth is in an area of the body where it may not be desired such as on a woman’s upper lip, chin, or bikini line. It is also the best option for males who want to permanently remove facial hair, or reduce the amount of hair in chest and back.

Many factors influence hair growth, so the patient will need to return for several electrolysis sessions. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. Most clients return once a week or every other week as needed. But the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments is complete. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour.

After the removal it is important to keep the area clean and dry and allow the skin to heal naturally. Following the aftercare advice is extremely important as it will minimize the risk of any adverse effect and improve the successful outcome of the treatment.  Only by using Electrolysis, 100% hair removal can be guaranteed in time.

Electrolysis Myths

Myth: Electrolysis is painful. In most cases, electrolysis actually does not cause much discomfort. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced the discomfort to a mere tingling. A topical anesthetic cream may be used in some cases.

Myth: The electric tweezer method is permanent. The FDA and the American Medical Association recognize only electrolysis as a permanent method of removing hair. Some states prohibit those using or selling the electric tweezer from claiming it provides permanent hair removal.

Myth: Temporary methods of hair removal can be better. Chemical depilatories (liquids or creams) are often used to remove body hair. These products contain irritating chemicals and can be time-consuming and messy. Likewise, bleaches contain harsh chemicals and do little to disguise dark hair. They may also discolor skin. Waxing is another temporary method of hair removal and is usually done in salons. A hot wax is applied to the skin and removed once it has dried over the hair. The hair is stripped off when the wax is removed. Waxing can be painful and costly. Home waxing kits are available, but they can be messy and difficult to use. There are electrolysis devices available for home use, but they are often unsafe for use by anyone who is not trained in electrolysis.

Consultation is required prior to Electrolysis Treatments to assess the condition of the hair and skin and its suitability for treatment.

We use an Apilux Epilator; all needles are sterile and single use only. We adhere to all hygiene and safety protocols for the administration of electrolysis treatments.


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