How Does Electrolysis Work?

The method of removing unwanted hairs by passing an electric current through needles has been in use for over 100 years and is a method of permanently removing unwanted hairs from the body or face. Modern devices used in the process destroy the growth centre of hairs using electrical heat energy. This is achieved through the insertion of a fine probe into the hair follicle, after which the loosened hair is removed with tweezers. It is safe to use on any part of the body and when performed correctly should have no side or after-effects, other than a slight and temporary reddening of the area.

How Many Treatments are Needed to Remove Unwanted Hair Growth?

Excess hair growth can be a result of genetics, fluctuations in hormone levels, the side effect of some prescription drugs or a symptom of some illnesses. In most cultures it is considered undesirable for women to have visible hair on the upper lip, chin or bikini line. All are areas commonly treated with this process of hair removal. Several sessions, possibly lasting up to a year, will be needed to totally eliminate hair growth. Once a session of treatments is completed the hair will be gone forever. Depending on the density of hair, each session will take between fifteen minutes and one hour. Until the desired result is achieved it is safe to use other methods of hair removal between treatments.

Using and Choosing an Electrologist

According to WebMD, this method of hair removal is the only one recognised as having permanent results by the FDA and the American Medical Association. Other home or salon methods such as electric tweezers, waxing, shaving and depilatory creams are only effective for a short time, as well as being time-consuming and messy. Bleaching can disguise light hair, but is not so effective on darker hairs and can be irritating to the skin. Although the electric method can be performed with home kits, this is not advisable as incorrect use could lead to scarring. Electrologists are specially trained to perform the procedure safely and efficiently. Before booking treatments it is best to seek recommendations about approved practitioners and ask to see a record of their qualifications and certificates. Reputable centres will be happy to offer free consultations, will have clean work areas and use disposable gloves and needles.

Is Electrolysis Painful and Are There After-Effects?

Treatment sessions should not cause any pain other than a slight tingling sensation. If this becomes too much too bear, then the level of electric current can be adjusted. Some redness and swelling will occur, but this should settle down within a few hours. Occasionally localised red scars will be seen on the following day, however, these will quickly disappear. If after-care instructions are followed even temporary marking can be avoided and permanent scarring never occurs.

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