What is Electrolysis
HOW DOES ELECTROLYSIS REMOVE HAIR?
A very thin, pre-packaged, individually sterile probe is inserted into the hair follicle down to the root of the hair. The skin is never pierced or broken. The probe is connected to a machine that releases a gentle current that lasts for a few seconds. This causes the hair to detach from the bottom of the hair follicle.
After release, the hair is removed with tweezers. After the treatment, the hair will grow back weaker and less coarse at the beginning, and after several treatments (depending on the thickness of the hair), it will not grow back at all.
IS ELECTROLYSIS PERMANENT?
Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that is deemed permanent by the FDA. It doesn’t happen over night; over time, hairs become permanently gone.
There are three main reasons why electrolysis is a process that takes time:
1. Hair Growth Phases:
Electrolysis can only be done on hair that can be seen because hair grows in different stages.
2. Skin defence:
We can't use a powerful enough electrical current to entirely kill the hair follicle in one go, since skin protection is crucial because it might leave scars. When you get rid of hair, you cut off the blood supply to the hair's root. This damages the hair follicle and makes it harder for new hairs to grow.
3. Hormonal Imbalance:
When there is an imbalance in the hormones, hair follicles that had not previously produced hair might begin to do so, which means that new hair can begin to develop at any time.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REMOVE HAIR PERMANENTLY?
It depends on the size of the area; for example, a full leg would take a lot longer time to treat than a top lip and chin. The thickness of the hair also plays a big part in this, as thicker hairs will need more treatments to permanently remove them. The typical treatment time is about two years, but you should plan on treatments taking anything from one to four years, with the quickest being about ten months. Although electrolysis requires some waiting, the results are worth it because they are permanent.
The majority of clients notice improvements after a few sessions. To get complete results, though, it can take an average of 8 to 18 months.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?
There are several procedures involved in electrolysis. It is the procedure of repeatedly treating the hair follicles to weaken them. The hair grows back more slowly and gets softer and thinner as the hair follicle becomes weaker. Individual differences apply to this. Important considerations include hair texture (fine or coarse), treatment locations, medical history, age, and any past temporary procedures (waxing or tweezing) that may have been performed.
Most people may initially require weekly treatments, but as hair growth slows down, this will quickly change to monthly visits. Personal participation in the deliberate programme, tailored to your own requirements, yields the finest outcomes.
IS ELECTROLYSIS PAINFUL?
A slight burning sensation is felt as the network of nerve endings surrounds each hair follicle. This feeling lasts only a few seconds. As some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, adjustments can be made to make the procedure comfortable. An over-the-counter local anaesthetic cream called LMX or Emla can be applied by yourself to sensitive areas 30 minutes before treatment.
DOES ELECTROLYSIS MAKE HAIR THICKER?
Not at all. Electrolysis does not increase the thickness of the hair.
WHY CHOOSE ELECTROLYSIS INSTEAD OF LASER TREATMENT?
Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal method.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines laser treatment as a hair reduction method.
Electrolysis can permanently remove blonde and white hair, as well as dark hair, and can be used on any skin tone.
Lasers cannot be used on dark skin or to remove light or red hair.
Electrolysis can also be safely used around the eyes for brow shaping.
Lasers are approved for permanent hair reduction, but they will not remove all hair permanently.
Lasers work with melanin (the pigment) in the hair and are therefore not effective on light hair.
Laser hair removal has not been assessed for the long-term safety of the client's skin and health.
WHICH AREAS OF THE BODY CAN BE TREATED WITH ELECTROLYSIS?
Any area of the body, such as the chin, upper lip, eyebrows, armpits, breasts, bikini line, and abdomen, can be treated. The inside of the ear and nose can not be treated.
HOW TO MAINTAIN HAIR BETWEEN TREATMENTS?
You can trim, shave, and use epilators between treatments, as long as you let your hair grow back for 2-3 days before treatment.
Avoid using tweezers or wax, as this can cause ingrown hairs and increased blood flow in the area, which can cause more hair to grow.
If you are investing in electrolysis, tweezing, and waxing, these areas waste your time and money.
WHY CAN WAXING AND TWEEZING STIMULATE HAIR GROWTH?
When the hair is pulled out, the blood supply flows to the area that nourishes the hair follicle. When this process is done regularly, thicker hair can grow back.
WHAT CAUSES UNWANTED HAIR TO GROW?
Heredity is one of the main causes of excessive hair growth. Any effect on the glandular or endocrine system, normal or abnormal, can also cause unwanted hair growth.
Normal changes include puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
Abnormal factors, such as diseases, disorders of the adrenal glands or ovaries, medications, hormones, and stress, can also cause hirsutism.
WHY DO WOMEN HAVE FACIAL HAIR?
When women experience hormonal fluctuations, specifically higher blood
With high testosterone levels, one of the side effects is unwanted hair growth, known in the medical world as hirsutism. You may experience such fluctuations if you are dealing with PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome.
SHOULD I SHAVE BEFORE ELECTROLYSIS?
No, you should not shave for at least 3 days before the electrolysis procedure. The hair must be visible and long enough to be removed with tweezers after the treatment.
DOES ELECTROLYSIS CAUSE SPOTS?
Do not touch or scratch the treated area after treatment, as this may transfer bacteria and cause breakouts. A small crust may appear on top of the hair follicles. This is the lymph that protects the area from infection and should not be removed.
CAN ELECTROLYSIS CAUSE SCARRING?
Small crusts may appear on the treated areas after electrolysis. This is because a small amount of electrical current is applied to the hair follicle, which is the body's way of protecting and healing itself. After the treatment, it is very important to follow the care recommendations so that the skin heals.
Do not scratch off any crusts, as this may cause pitting or scarring. The hair follicle penetrates deeper into the skin than an ordinary pimple, and the entire follicle must heal undisturbed from sunburn, chemicals (glycolic acid and other acids), or other irritations for successful healing.
WHO CAN NOT HAVE ELECTROLYSIS?
If you have a pacemaker, high blood pressure, diabetes, or certain medical conditions that cause slower healing, electrolysis may not be for you.
Pregnant women can have the procedures, but check with your doctor first. Contact your doctor for more information and ask for a written consent note to bring to your first treatment.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ELECTROLYSIS?
The most common side effects after electrolysis are tenderness, redness, and slight swelling. These side effects are normal and temporary.
If done incorrectly by an inexperienced person, electrolysis can cause infection and permanent scarring.
WHAT TO AVOID AFTER ELECTROLYSIS?
Avoid sitting in the heat as well as in sunbeams, jacuzzis, saunas, and steam rooms for at least 72 hours after treatment.
Avoid rubbing and picking at the treated area.
Avoid manual exfoliation (peelings, loofahs) for 48 hours after the treatment.
Avoid using heavy creams or any type of acid (fruit, glycolic, salicylic acid, etc.) or similar products for 48 hours after treatment.
Avoid picking at the little crusts, as this can cause scarring.
A full medical consultation will be conducted before each treatment.