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Electrolysis: Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Electrolysis Work?
Trained professionals permanently eliminate the growth cells of unwanted hair with shortwave, galvanic or blended methods of electrolysis. A trained electrologist will insert a very fine filament or needle into the hair follicle and apply a slight amount of electric current to destroy the hair root.

Why Choose Electrolysis and Is It Something New?
Electrolysis was developed in 1875 by a doctor in the U.S.A. To this day it is still the only medically proven permanent method of hair removal.

What Causes Hair Growth?
Approximately 90% of women and a smaller percentage of men have unwanted facial and body hair. Most of the time, it is due to hereditary reasons. Other times it is due to glandular changes, menopause and hormonal changes, medications, pregnancy, puberty or normal ageing. Excessive waxing, tweezing, depilatory creams and other temporary methods of hair removal can also change light vellus (fine) hair into dark terminal stage hair.

How Long Does It Take?
Completion time varies with each individual depending on the coarseness of the hair, the number of hairs to be removed and whether or not temporary methods were previously used. Permanency is achieved through a series of regular treatments.

What Does a Treatment Feel Like?
Each individual’s level of comfort varies. Some sensation will be felt, depending on the sensitivity of the individual.

What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated?
Common areas are the upper and lower lip, eyebrows, side of face, chin, jawline, hairline, neck, nose and ears, bikini line, legs and other areas. Your particular concerns can be discussed with your professional electrologist during your consultation.

What Type of Skin Care Is Required After Treatment?
Very few side effects will occur from electrolysis depending on your skin type. A slight swelling or redness in the treatment area is normal and should clear within a few minutes to a few hours. Occasionally, a slight scabbing may appear two to four days after treatment but it will disappear upon healing. Applying antibacterial cream to the treated area will aid in the healing process.

Is Electrolysis Safe?
Yes. When performed by a professional, electrolysis is completely safe. It is often recommended by medical professionals, so electrologists often receive referrals from doctors. Proper sterilization procedures and one-use, pre-sterilized needles are essential and should be highlighted prior to treatment during your personal consultation.

What Is the Cost?
The cost will vary depending on the hair being removed. The total cost may be less than the continuing cost of temporary methods. Consult an electrologist in your area for specific fees charged.