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Frequently Asked Questions About Electrolysis Permanent Hair Removal

The following Frequently Asked Questions are based on the most common queries regarding electrology practitioners. This FAQ is not intended to define a treatment or give you a comprehensive diagnosis. Please do consult your electrologist before choosing your preferred course of treatment.

What is Electrolysis?

In essence, electrolysis is the science that deals with permanent hair removal. With the use of state-of-the-art technology, small amounts of electricity are gently applied to the base of hair follicles. In the process, the hair growth tissue is destroyed. Thereby, the hair follicles regenerative ability is permanently eliminated.

The term electrolysis describes all of the methods in permanent hair removal. As a modality, electrolysis was first used in 1985 to remove hair permanently. Since then, the term electrolysis has become synonymous with the process of permanent hair removal.

During the process, the electrologist essentially inserts a fine needle along the tiny hair shaft into the natural opening of a hair follicle. A small amount of current is then passed to damage the hair growth cell, permanently.

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Alternatively, other forms of medical procedures or devices such as electrolysis devices can be used to destroy hair growth cells with heat or chemical energy. In general, all of the modalities target the hair growth cells that are responsible for hair growth. A professional electrologist will weigh in different factors to determine the most ideal modality.

Currently, there are 3 modalities in use:

1. Galvanic or Electrolysis
This is a chemical process where a current produces a chemical reaction inside the hair follicle. This, in turn, eliminates the hair growth cells. This modality is commonly used in multi-needle galvanic electrolysis where up to 16 needles are used simultaneously.

2. Thermolysis or Shortwave
Under this modality, heat is used to damage the hair growth cells in the follicle. Ideally, t can be used in two ways; high-intensity current (flash method) is used in the follicle for less time, or the current user is at a lower intensity, with longer duration.

3. Blend
This modality combines both the galvanic and thermolysis current. Thermolysis is used to heat up a chemical reaction in the follicle in order to destroy the hair growth cells.

Why is Electrolysis better than other hair removal methods?

Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal treatment recognized by the FDA, and is the only true permanent hair removal method available to you in San Diego, California.

Unlike some of the other temporary methods such as waxing and laser, electrolysis procedures when performed professionally will remove any unwanted hair permanently. In addition, it can be used on a wide variety of skin types, and the results are unsurpassed.

Laser advocates usually compare the laser process to electrolysis, but keep in mind that laser-assisted hair removal is only a temporary solution. Also, it’s yet to be comprehensively evaluated for the long-term effects and safety on the person’s health and skin.

Waxing, tweezing, and threading is quite similar. Consequently, these methods are a major cause of ingrown hairs as well as discoloration of the skin. In addition, they may even result in an increase in the activity of hair growth. shaving and depilatories can also cause skin irritation, as the hairs regrow rather quickly. Such methods require a lifetime of maintenance with the need for expensive products. While many of them may appear as cheap alternatives, their long-term costs are high and are quite inconvenient.

Electrolysis usually works on most parts of your body, to give you a sleek, smooth healthy looking skin. There’s no other hair removal solution in the market that promises such a universal acceptability and success rate as electrolysis does.

Are there any infection control procedures?

There are certain standards written by the American Electrology Association (AEA) regarding infection control, following the latest recommendations from the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

How many treatment will I need?

The required number of treatments will inherently be dependent on each client. Also, depending on the area being treated, treatment sessions could range from 15 minutes to over an hour. Another factor is whether you are male or female. Please talk to our electrologist during your initial meetings to get a better estimate of the number of sessions needed.

Aspects such as the structure and quantity of hair presented, hair growth cycles, heredity, previous use of temporary modalities, stress, certain medication, and hormone function will influence the ideal treatment program for each client. For optimal results, it is best to follow the recommended treatment plan.

How much do the treatments cost?

Many different factors will affect the final cost of the whole procedure, including where the procedure will be performed, the size of the area being treated, and how much hair has to be removed.

Be sure to follow the recommendations of your electrologist in scheduling appointments. Treatments will be more frequent for areas that have previously been tweezed or waxed than for areas that have been shaved.

Is regrowth expected or will al the hairs be eliminated in one treatment?

Hirsutism, also known as excessive hair growth usually ranges from dark, coarse hair, to vellus facial, limbs, and body hair. Deep and coarse hairs might not always be removed with a single treatment, and breaking down the hair growth cells will require multiple treatments. With personal and confidential consultation with your electrologist, you will effectively create a treatment plan that fully addresses any concerns or specific hair removal needs.

What is the normal hair growth cycle?

Hair has different cycles of growth, and many of them are not visible to the eye on the skin’s surface at the same time. the hair follicle grows from the blood supply and is eventually discarded through shedding. The growth, rest, and replacement processes are known as the hair growth cycle. The series of these events are continuously repeated throughout one’s lifetime until the hair ceases to grow.


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Are there any side effects of electrolysis on the skin?

Immediately after treatment, the patient might experience slight redness on the skin, which varies with the individual. The recent advancements in technology have made electrolysis more effective and comfortable than ever before. Your San Diego electrologist will offer you the post-treatment directions and personal attention details you need. With a skilled hair removal professional, you can expect the best care and comfort with the procedure at Electrolysis San Diego.

Can air removal be done anywhere on the body?

Electrolysis essentially works on all hair and skin types. It can be applied on most body parts, including the jawline and sides of the face, the chin, eyebrows, upper and lower lips, abdomen, breasts and underarms, legs, arms, bikini line, as well as the back. Your electrologist will create a proper plan based on your personal and confidential consultation, with the aim of addressing your specific hair removal needs.

What does the procedure feel like?

The electrolysis treatment stings and individual tolerances vary quite immensely. But overall, even the most sensitive person can comfortably tolerate the treatments. The stings are usually quick and short-lived, and then it’s all over.

Can pregnant women have an electrolysis treatment?

Pregnancy can lead to an accelerated growth of unwanted hair due to the hormonal changes. Electrolysis can essentially be performed on normal skin, regardless of the type; and this includes pregnant women. However, it is always a great idea to seek expert advice from your physician before you begin the treatment.

Can electrolysis remove hair from moles?

Where licensing regulations allow it, the electrolysis treatment can be performed on most moles. However, your electrologist might require a written approval from a physician before commencing the treatment.

Has the electrolysis technology changed much?

Since its inception in 1875, electrolysis as a modality of permanent hair removal has come a long way. With today’s computer technology, electrologists can work with more speed and comfort. The modern epilators have become much quicker and can use timings in the thousandths of a second, and the intensities can be modulated to various proportions.

Is it true that electrolysis is painful?

In general, these treatments are all about intensity, and timing. The electrologists will choose between the three modalities of treatment, and each of them has varying proportions of comfort, but with similar levels of permanency and effectiveness. When designing a treatment plan, your specific needs will be of primary concern.

The probe used will also affect comfort. there are quite a variety of probes to choose from including one-piece, two-piece, insulated, non insulated,gold plated, stainless steel, etc. Your electrologist will choose one depending on your skin and hair type, to provide you with a comfortable and quality treatment.