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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is electrolysis?
    Electrolysis is permanent hair removal by utilizing a very fine probe (needle) inserted into the hair follicle and a tiny amount of electrical current is then released to destroy the hair growth cells inside. There are (3) three modalities in electrolysis. 1. Galvanic (direct current) electrolysis: the hair is destroyed by chemical action. 2. Thermolysis (high frequency) electrolysis: the hair root is destroyed by heat production. 3. Blend electrolysis: A combination of both Galvanic and Thermolysis where the hair root is destroyed by both heat and chemical action.
  • How is the treatment performed?
    A probe is inserted into the opening out of which the hair grows. After the probe has been properly placed, a tiny burst of specifically timed electrical current is discharged. The probe is withdrawn and the hair is lifted out of the follicle with a forceps. You do not feel the insertion, only the current. Except for highly sensitive areas of the skin, the sensation of the current has often been linked to a mosquito bite; however many clients feel nothing. Immediately after treatment, the skin may be slightly red and puffy; these post-treatment reactions disappear within minutes.
  • Does electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?
    Immediately following treatment, there may be temporary redness or tenderness, which varies with each individual.
  • Will electrolysis work for me?
    Electrolysis is effective for all skin types, hair types, skin colors, hair colors, and areas of the body.
  • Can a pregnant women have electrolysis?
    It is perfectly safe to treat pregnant women, but the breasts and abdomen are avoided at the sixth month of pregnancy and after.
  • Can hair from a mole be removed?
    Yes with written permission from a physician or healthcare provider stating it is a typical hairy nevus (mole with hair) and safe to treat if required.
  • Are there any conditions where electrolysis is not safe?
    Treatment is open to anyone, male or female, with the following exceptions: those who wear pacemakers or defibrillators. No lower body work for diabetics can be performed due to poor circulation.
  • How many treatments are necessary?
    Electrolysis requires a series of treatments given over a period of time. The length of time varies on many factors. The density and coarseness of the hair, the area to be treated. How well you tolerate treatments, the consistency of the treatments affects the overall success. 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.
  • Why should I choose electrolysis over other hair removal methods?
    Laser, Waxing, Tweezing, Shaving, Threading and Depilatory creams are temporary hair removal methods and may cause vellus hairs to become terminal hairs (thicker, darker, and fuller).


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