Frequently Asked Questions about Electrolysis Hair Removal

  • How does Electrolysis Work?A trained electrologist inserts a small metal probe into the hair follicle alongside the hair. A small amount of electrical current is then delivered to the probe by a sensitive electronic device called an epilator. Depending on the technique being used, the electric current destroys the hair root either by heat or chemical action and in some methods by both at the same time

  • What causes unwanted hair?There are any factors that can influence and contribute to the growth of excess hair:

  • -Heredity-- Race, nationality and family

  • - Normal physiological changes-- puberty, pregnancy and menopause

  • - Malfunction of the endocrine system-- Thyroid disease, ovarian diseases, polycystic ovaries

  • - Medication-- birth control pills, cortisone, anti-seizure, and high blood pressure

  • -Topical Influences ie.

  • -Stress

  • How long has electrolysis been performed?The first research using electrolysis for the permanent removal of hair began in 1869 in St. Louis, Missouri. It was conducted by an ophthalmologist, Dr. Charles Michel, who wanted a safe, effective way to remove ingrown eyelashes which frequently led to blindness. He published his first scientific paper in 1875. The method was soon accepted by the medical community and then adapted for treatment of excess hair on other parts of the body. From that day until the present, the same basic technique has been used, greatly improved and modernized.

  • Are there different methods of electrolysis?There are three recognized modalities (methods) of electrolysis:

  • Galvanic (direct current)- the hair is destroyed by chemical action

  • Thermolysis (high frequency) the hair root is destroyed by heat production.

  • Blend- a combination of the above modalities where the hair root is destroyed by both heat and chemical action at the same time

  • Is Electrolysis Permanent?Electrolysis has been shown to be permanent in over a century of use. Its permanency has been well recognized by knowledgeable physicians and is also testified to by hundreds of scientific articles published in the medical literature. In addition to scientific recognition, there are over one million happy and satisfied persons who have solved very personal and embarrassing problems with the help of electrolysis

  • Is Electrolysis Expensive?Considering the intense physical effort required of the electrologist, as well as the equipment, office space, insurance, etc., the fee charged by the electrologists are thought, by most, to be reasonable. When compared to the prices of other health and beauty-care services and the cost of dealing with excessive hair using temporary means, electrolysis, in most cases, is very affordable. Remember, the problem is being dealt with permanently and not just on a short term basis.

  • What areas of the body can be treated?Hair can be removed from almost any part of the body. Some common areas for women include the hairline, eyebrows, top of the nose, cheeks, sideburn area, upper and lower lip, chin, throat, neck, shoulders, back, chest, breasts, abdomen, arms, legs, bikini line, hands, feet, toes, and fingers. Hair on the eyelashes, inside the nose and inside the ear canal are only treated under the supervision of a physician.Hairy moles may be treated with written permission from a physician. It is perfectly safe to treat pregnant women, but the breasts and abdomen are avoided after the sixth month of pregnancy.

  • Are there any side effects?Electrolysis has been performed for over 120 years and has proven to be an extremely safe procedure. Having read most of the medical literature on electrolysis, I am not aware of any serious complication or side effect.

  • How long does electrolysis take to achieve permanency?Electrolysis requires a series of treatments given over a period of time. The length of time varies from person to person and is dependent on many factors. The density and coarseness of the hair, as well as the total area to be treated, are very important. How well you tolerate treatments and the consistency of the treatments affect the overall success. The cause of the unwanted hair and the temporary methods of dealing with the hair in the past are also involved in the treatment time. Many hairs will be permanently removed after the first treatment while some will require additional treatment to achieve permanency. Treatments will be more frequent in the beginning and less frequent later on. The overall results, permanent hair-free skin, are usually well worth the time spent

  • Why should I choose electrolysis to solve my unwanted hair problem?Time is one factor for choosing electrolysis in today´s fast-paced world. Dealing with unwanted hair in a temporary way is tedious, costly, and never-ending. Permanent hair removal frees you from this daily routine.Electrolysis also improves your physical appearance and self-image, lessens anxiety, caused by the unwanted hair and helps you feel more attractive and socially acceptable. It is a choice that will enhance your own natural beauty and self confidence.Lastly, electrolysis has been proven safe and effective for many years of use and is recognized by physicians and the American Medical Association. You can be confident that permanent hair removal will change your life in a positive and lasting way.

  • How do I select an electrologist?There are many factors that might influence your choice of an electrologist. Many people use their physician for a referral. Others rely on recommendations of a friend. Many consult the telephone directory under Permanent Hair Removal or Electrolysis Hair Removal to find the electrologists in their area. To be assured of quality service, determine if your electrologist is licensed (where required by law), nationally certified, a member of state and or national professional associations and participates in continuing education. In the final analysis, decide if you feel comfortable and confident with the electrologist you have chosen since electrolysis requires a series of treatments over a period of time.