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Electrolysis FAQ's

What is electrolysis?  Electrolysis is the only proven, time-tested method of permanent hair removal.   A very fine probe is inserted into individual hair follicles and an electrical current is introduced that causes destruction to areas of the follicle that nourish hair growth.

What should I expect? On your first visit, you will receive a free consultation and a brief medical history will be taken and reviewed.  The stages of hair growth will be explained and any concerns you have will be addressed.  Sterilization and sanitation practices will be discussed so that you feel confident in the safety of the environment in which you will receive treatment.

What does it feel like? Most people tolerate electrolysis treatments very well.  There is more than one modality (method) of delivering the electrical current, depending on the type of hair being treated.  It is possible to have comfortable treatments and we work towards finding a balance between your comfort level and achieving the results you desire.

Is it safe? Electrolysis was developed in 1875 and it has been proven to be safe and effective ever since.  Common side effects are redness and minor swelling of an area immediately following a treatment that generally subsides within just a few hours after treatment.  It is important to follow your electrologist's post-treatment and  home care instructions for best results.

Who can be treated? Electrolysis treatments are for almost anyone, no matter your gender,
age (post-puberty) or ethnicity.  Electrolysis is also the only method that is effective on all colors of hair, including red, white and blond  

What areas can be treated? There are few limits to the areas that can be successfully treated.   The most common are:  eyebrows, upper and lower lip and chin.  Other common areas are the breast, underarms, bikini line, legs, arms, fingers and toes.  The only exceptions are mucous membranes, areas inside the outermost part of the ear and the breasts of pregnant women.  Hair in moles can be treated with written permission of your physician.  

Does it work? Yes, it works!  The FDA has set rules allowing only the electrolysis method of hair removal to be advertised as permanent hair removal.  Other methods using light based therapies are considered to be permanent hair reduction only.  Please remember: getting the results you desire involves being committed to the treatment plan your electrologist has designed for you.

How long does it take? Electrolysis is a process involving a series of treatments, custom tailored to your individual needs.  The number of treatments necessary to achieve permanency depends on several factors:  age, medical issues, what temporary methods were used prior to electrolysis and the area and thickness/density of hair growth.  Your dedication to your treatment plan is the key to success in the shortest time possible.   

What are the benefits over temporary methods? With dedication to your individual hair removal plan, you can look forward to being hair free!   Temporary methods can irritate the skin and cause the skin to "toughen up" over time and lead to ingrown hairs.  Temporary methods may also stimulate additional hair growth and almost always results in a progressively larger problem of unwanted hair.  

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