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Frequently Asked Questions About Permanent Hair Removal

This FAQ is based on common questions asked of electrology practitioners. The information below is not intended to provide a diagnosis or define a treatment.

Electrolysis permanent hair removal frequently asked questions

What is electrolysis?

Electrolysis, or electroepilation, is a precise technique that allows for the treatment of individual hair. A probe is inserted into the hair follicle and an ultra-fast electric current is emitted at the base. This current produces heat which allows for the destruction of the cells responsible for hair growth.

Why should I choose electrolysis over other hair removal methods?

Electrolysis is the only 100% permanent hair removal method and the only treatment recognized as permanent hair removal by the FDA.

When should I choose electrolysis over laser and IPL?

Electrolysis allows for a high degree of precision, so it is much better suited for work like eyebrow shaping. It also works effectively on any skin/hair color combination, whereas laser/IPL struggle with light hairs, white hairs, grey hairs, red hairs, and dark skin.

There is also the issue of permanance. Electrolysis is the only hair removal method recognized as permanent by the FDA. Laser and IPL treatments provide permanent hair reduction, but only electrolysis can provide permanent hair removal.

Is electrolysis safe?

If performed by properly trained and responsible electrologists such as ourselves, yes. We follow standards of sterilization, practice infection control procedures, and invest in quality equipment to ensure your safety.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed varies depending on the size of the area to be cleared, your hormonal levels, your hair growth cycle, etc. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, we will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs. You can minimize the number of treatments needed by following the recommended treatment plan.

Will electrolysis work on my skin and hair color?

Yes. Electrolysis is effective in the permanent removal of hair, no matter what color - even blond, red, grey or white. Electrolysis is also an effective treatment for clients of all skin colors.

If I've already had laser hair removal, can I still have electrolysis?

Absolutely. Electrolysis is a great choice for permanently removing the hairs that the laser treatments didn't get, especially for large areas like the chest, back, and legs.

Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is regrowth to be expected?

When we treat a particular area, we try to remove all the hair that is currently present. A follicle treated with electrolysis will not grow hair again. However, the hair present right now is not all the hair that will ever appear. When you return for your next treatment, we will treat any follicles that have grown hair since your last visit. This continues, with decreasing treatment times, until we have treated all the active follicles in a particular area.

What is the normal growth cycle of a hair?

The duration of the anagen (growth) phase of hair is different for each person. It is affected by such factors as age, weight, sex, metabolism, hormones, ethnic origin, medication, nutrition (diets), environmental conditions and even stress. Nevertheless, we all share the same hair cycle, broken down into three phases:

  1. Anagen: active growth phase of hair influenced by the condition of the dermal papilla. During this phase, the hair papilla is voluminous and made up of a vascular core (electroepilation treatment target). The production of melanin reaches its highest level (photoepilation treatment target).
  2. Catagen: a transitional stage during which hair stops growing, but remains attached. At this point, melanin is no longer produced in the germinative zone.
  3. Telogen: the resting phase of hair during which cells are inactive. Consequently, there is no growth of the hair shaft during this phase. Hair begins to shed only when the next growth phase occurs. About 50 to 100 telogen hairs are shed normally each day, accounting for the hair loss seen every day in the shower and with hair combing.

The length of hair varies depending on the body region, age, sex and the individual person. With an anagen phase of 6 to 10 years, hair can reach a length of 1.28 meters (approximately 4 feet). The anagen phase varies from 1 to 12 months for certain regions of the body, which means hair in these areas can grow from 1 to 6 cm (approximately 0.4 to 2.3 inches).

What does electrolysis feel like? Is it painful?

In general, Apilus electroepilation devices, which we use, offer unparalleled comfort. Since the current passes within milliseconds, you only feel a very light tingling sensation during the treatment session.

If you are feeling discomfort, we can adjust settings, provide recommendations for topical anesthetics you can apply, and supply other advice for minimizing your discomfort. One of the best and easist ways to make your treatments as comfortable as possible is by staying hydrated.

Can I get electrolysis treatments during summer?

Yes, but the area to be treated should not be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours before and 48 hours after your treatment. Also, make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen.

Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?

Electrolysis works on all body regions, including eye contours and eyebrows. It is the ideal treatment option for facial hair removal since it does not require any shaving.

Can a pregnant woman receive electrolysis treatments?

Yes, although we do not recommend treatments during your first trimester.

Can hairs be removed from moles?

Yes. We may require written approval from your physician beforehand.

Can I receive electrolysis treatments if I use a hearing aid?

Yes, unless it is a cochlear implant which we would not want to deprogram. We may ask you to turn off your hearing aid for the duration of the treatment to avoid interference from the proximity of the epilator.

Electrolysis permanent hair removal

Portions of the information above are provided courtesy of Dectro International.