How does the Electrolysis Hair Removal work?
PLEASE NOTE: Advanced Dermatology does not provide electrolysis treatment any longer. This article is for education and information purposes only.
Electrolysis is a method used for removing hair on a person’s face or body. Areas that can be treated with electrolysis hair removal include face, eyebrows, abdomen, breasts, arms, underarms, back, chest, shoulders, thighs, and legs. A fine probe will be inserted into the hair follicle. An electric current will pass through the probe to destroy the follicle. Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method for permanently removing unwanted hair. A half an hour session will typically cost a person about $45.
How many electrolysis hair removal treatments will be needed?
The number of treatments for this method of hair removal will vary for each individual. Some find that weekly treatments are needed, while others will skip a week in between each session. One treatment will last anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour. Multiple sessions are needed as hair has three different growing stages (growing, resting, and shedding). Since all hair will not be in the same phase, a number of treatments are done to be the most effective hair removal. Once a series of electrolysis has been done, the hair will be permanently removed.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of having electrolysis hair removal?
Electrolysis has a proven track record, with removing hair either permanently or for long periods of time. Many different skin and hair types can use electrolysis, as the pigment will not be targeted like a laser treatment. Those that can not have laser treatments done are good candidates for electrolysis hair removal.
Hair follicles that are bent can cause issues for those that have the electrolysis treatment. The hair follicles can be bent by waxing or tweezing that was previously done. This will make it harder for the needle to destroy the hair follicle. Another disadvantage is that multiple treatments are needed. On average, a person will need anywhere from 15 to 30 sessions to have permanent hair removal. The skin can also become discolored if the treatment is not applied correctly.
Does electrolysis hurt?
There may be pain associated with electrolysis. Each hair follicle on the body part having the procedure done will feel any pain that is associated with the treatment. Electrolysis has been reported to feeling like a pricking and stinging sensation.
Is there anyone who is not a good candidate for electrolysis?
Electrolysis should never be performed on a person that has a pacemaker. Hair should never be removed on places that have a mole or a birthmark.
What can one expect after an electrolysis hair removal treatment?
Post treatment, the skin can be swollen, red or tender. The hair should begin to disappear several weeks to months after the first treatment. Possible side effects include scarring, including keloids, and changes in the skin color.
Who should perform electrolysis hair removal?
When deciding upon doing electrolysis, it is equally important finding the correct person to perform this procedure. Look for a qualified skin expert that has been certified or licensed, making sure that it is up to date. Asking for recommendations from family, friends and coworkers is often helpful. It is important to get a consultation first to ask questions and concerns about the procedure. Good questions to ask include how long the procedure will take, how it will feel, how many treatments are expected, the cost of each treatment, and how many clients they have performed the procedure on. Also ask if they do needle electrolysis, as this is the only permanent hair removal procedure. When at the consultation, look around. Notice if the place is clean looking, if the clinicians seem knowledgeable about the procedure. Ask if you can meet the skin doctor that will be performing the procedure on you to ensure it’s an experienced clinician.
*In light of recent changes to technology, we have discontinued providing Laser Hair Removal services. As a leading provider of other Non-Surgical Cosmetic Medicine services we now focus in Facial Enhancement and Body Contouring treatments.*