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Electrolysis FAQ

1. What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the only form of permanent hair removal recognized by the Food and Drug Administration today. This procedure is a safe, permanent solution to the annoying problem of hirsutism (or excess hair growth). The procedure is a simple one:  A fine  metal probe is carefully inserted into each hair follicle. When reaching the bottom of the follicle, a slight amount of electrical current is delivered to the probe by a electronic device called an epilator.  An electric current destroys the hair root either by heat or chemical action and in some methods by both at the same time.

There are three modalities used in electrolysis:
Galvanic (direct current) electrolysis -- the hair is destroyed by chemical action.
Thermolysis (high frequency) electrolysis-- the hair root is destroyed by heat production.
Blend electrolysis -- a combination of the above two modalities where the hair root is destroyed by both heat and chemical action at the same time.

All three modalities are safe and effective.  Your electrologist will choose the modality which is best for you.

2. Why should I choose electrolysis over other hair removal methods?
Several methods of permanent hair removal are currently available to the consumer today. The term electrolysis is used to describe a method of permanent hair removal. The electrolysis modality was the first method used to remove hair permanently back in 1875.  Imagine that?! It's permanency has been well recognized by knowledgeable physicians and is also testified to by hundreds of scientific articles published in the medical literature.  In addition to scientific recognition, there are over one million happy and satisfied persons who have solved a very personal and embarrassing problem with the help of electrolysis. 

Let's talk about other forms of hair removal:  Laser hair removal has been used since the mid 1990's.  They are safe in the hands of trained technicians but have several shortcomings --  Lasers are not very effective on gray, blond or red hair and are less effective on darker and tanned skin.  Laser has not been evaluated for long-term safety of the patient's skin and health.  Waxing, Threading and Tweezing are alike and cause more harm than good and ingrown hairs and discoloration may result.  Depilatories can cause an irritation to the skin while the hair re-grows quickly. These methods require a lifetime of maintenance.

If you choose electrolysis as a solution to your hair problem, it will change your life in a positive way.  Your investment will pay for itself in confidence, an improved appearance and self-satisfaction.   Electrolysis is effective on all skin and hair types.  No other hair removal solution can claim such universal acceptability and success.  Let us begin to help you today.

3. Do electrologists follow appropriate Infection Control ?
The American Electrology Association has written Standards for Infection Control following the most recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
4. How long does electrolysis take to achieve permanency?
Electrolysis requires a series of treatments given over a period of time.  The length of time varies from person to person and is dependent on many factors.  The density and coarseness of the hair, as well as the total area to be treated, are very important.  How well you tolerate treatments and the consistency of the tretments affect the overall success.  Many hairs will be permanently removed after the first treatment while some will require additional treatments to achieve permanency.  Treatments will be more frequent in the beginning and less frequent later on.  The overall results are permanent, hair-free skin and well worth the time spent.

5. Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is regrowth to be expected?
Many hairs that are thick and/or curly may require several applications before complete destruction occurs, however, in the process of treatment, the hair will re-grow lighter and finer than the time before.  Hair will be destroyed with every treatment.  Results will be obtained immediately, appearing slowly in the beginning with a rapid increase in progress as the treatments proceed.

6. Is electrolysis painful?
Every client reacts differently to treatment. Some clients feel nothing more than a warm sensation while others may feel the procedure is somewhat uncomfortable. Very rarely is electrolysis intolerable. Your Electrologist will adjust the amount of current as much as possible to accommodate each individual. A topical anesthesia can be applied if desired. LMX and EMLA are available in prescription strength or over the counter (check with your physician).

7. Does electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?
Immediately following treatment, there may be slight redness, which varies with each client.  This will dissipate within 15 minutes or so after treatment.  Electrolysis has been performed for over 140 years and has proven to be an extremely safe procedure.
8. Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?
Popular areas for treatment are eyebrows, upper lip, chin, chest, underarms, stomach, bikini line and legs. The nostrils and inner ear cannot be treated with electrolysis. Moles can only be treated with a note from a physician.

9. Can women begin or have electrolysis treatments during pregnancy?
It is perfectly safe to treat pregnant women, but the breasts and abdomen are avoided after the sixth month of pregnancy.

10.  What areas of the body can be treated?

Hair can be removed from almost any part of the body.  Some common areas for women include the hairline, eyebrows, top of the nose, cheeks, side-burn area, upper and lower lip, chin, throat, neck, shoulders, back, chest, breasts, abdomen, arms, legs, bikini line, hands feet, toes and fingers.  Hair on the eyelashes, inside the nose and inside the ear canal are only treated under the supervision of a physician.  Hairy moles may be treated with written permission from a physician.  Men often have hair removed from the hairline, beard line, shoulders, back, neck, chest, ears and nose.


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