Electrolysis Hair Removal, What is it?
Electrolysis is the only FDA approved form of permanent hair removal. Electrolysis treatments are used to destroy the growth center of the hair follicle with chemical or heat energy. A very fine probe (which is the size of a hair) is inserted into the hair follicle, then the hair is removed gently with tweezers. With every treatment, each hair will grow back weaker and thinner until the hair completely stops growing within the follicle.
Most common questions
What is the cost?
The cost of sessions varies from city to city and from state to state. Additionally, the length of the treatment is a cost factor. The average cost ranges from $35 - $50, up to $80 - $120. Treatment time ranges from 15 minutes up to an hour or two, depending on the electrologist service menu.
Does it leave scarring?
This is a frequently asked question. The answer is both yes and no. Everyone’s skin is different. If scarring does appear, there are skincare treatments available to counter act this problem. The use of exfoliation, such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion sessions, and great serums help lighten and reverse the signs of hyper-pigmentation and discoloration. For some skin tones or ethnicities, clients can also turn to laser treatments to get rid of scarring.
Does the treatments hurt?
Here is another common question. The answer, again, is yes and no. For some, the treatment is equivalent to getting snapped by a rubber band. For some women, shockingly, they actually fall asleep during the treatment. You will not feel the insertion of the treatment probe, but only when the heat-energy is administered.
Aftercare is important
Steps after treatment are very crucial for treatment success. They will help lessen the chance of scarring, infection, and redness. It’s okay to apply products such as Polysporin, Neosporin, or another antibacterial ointment or cream to the treatment area the evening after your treatment. Always use a q-tip or clean hands during application. Aloe Vera is also great for the skin. Aloe vera contains healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Knowledge is power
Clients should understand that they must stick to the plan. No plucking, waxing or shaving can be done while on the electrolysis treatment plan. Appointment consistency and aftercare discipline is so important to the success of permanent hair removal. Knowing the purpose of the plan and the hair cycle will also help with commitment and consistency.
There are three stages of hair growth. The anagen, catagen, and telogen stage/phase. In the beginning anagen stage, the papilla organ nourishes and supplies blood to the follicle. Because the blood flow is feeding the growth of the hair, this phase is an excellent time to treat the hair with electrolysis and kill the hair blood supply. After catching the bulb at this stage, the bulb becomes smaller and weaker. The second stage/phase is called the catagen phase. This stage only lasts for about two weeks. The last stage is telogen phase. This is when the hair goes into a dormant or resting stage and is ready to fall out and shed on its own. Electrolysis does not work at this last stage. So, it is paramount to schedule your appointments and receive treatments in a timely, planned out manner.