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Electrolysis FAQ's

What is electrology?

Simply put, electrolysis is permanent hair removal.

 

How does electrology work?

A fine sterile needle (as thin as a hair) is inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of controlled current is applied disabling the potential for future hair growth. The hair is then gently lifted out of the hair follicle.Electrolysis is a time-tested method invented over a 130 years ago to remove unwanted hair. Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, thighs, abdomen, breasts, and legs.

 

Is electrology painful?

Most patients experience minimal discomfort, we are able to tailor treatments to accommodate different sensitivity levels. Topical anesthetics are available if needed.

 

Are all the hairs eliminated in one treatment?

Excessive hair growth can range from fine, vellus hair to dark, coarse hair on the face and body. Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair growth cells may require additional treatments. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, your electrologist will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs.

 

How often do I need treatments?

Consistency in your treatments plays a big part in speeding up the process of electrolysis. There are three hair growth stages. When electrolysis is performed in the first growing stage, more hair cells are destroyed. When treatment schedules are not kept, there is a chance the hair will grow into its second or third stage. If this happens, then the next electrolysis treatment will not be as effective.

 

What are the side effects?

Immediately following treatment, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few hours. Occasionally, small whiteheads or tiny scabs may occur. Whiteheads usually are indicative of bacteria entering the follicle after treatment. Remember to keep the area as clean as possible for the 24 hours immediately following treatment. You can read more about this in the Post Treatment Instructions on this Pre and Post Treatment page and you will receive a copy at your first appointment. When electrolysis is correctly administered there should be no permanent skin damage.