What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method for permanent removal of unwanted hair. This is because as the hair is treated, regrowth is prevented rather than just removed temporarily. Only electrolysis provides both hair removal and hair elimination for every skin type and color, hair type and color, and on almost any area of the body.
How Does Electrolysis Work?
During an electrolysis treatment, a very fine needle, smaller than the thickness of the hair, is inserted into the natural opening of the hair follicle and a treatment is given. In order for complete permanency, two areas of the hair follicle need to be destroyed, the bulb and stem cells found in the follicle. There are three different types of electrolysis treatments; and the treatment used is dependent upon the needs of the hair, hair follicle, and skin of the client.
- Galvanic treatments send a tiny electrical impulse into the hair follicle. Mixing with the salt and moisture in the skin, it produces a caustic substance that destroys the hair growing capability within the follicle.
- Thermolysis uses heat and vibration to destroy the follicle, eliminating the growing capability.
- Blend treatments are a combination of Galvanic and Thermolysis, combining the best of both methods.
With each treatment the hair follicle receives, the hair will grow lighter and lighter until it is completely gone. Some individuals need consistent treatments due to new growth of hair from dormant hair follicles. This can occur due to genetic and hormonal changes. However, other individuals go through treatments once and, as we call it, “graduate.” Those graduates never need treatment again. The need or lack of need for additional treatments depends upon each individual case.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Almost all areas of the body can be subject to unwelcome hair growth. The most common areas are typically the chin, upper lip, cheeks, eyebrows, underarm, bikini area, though most areas on the face and all areas of the body can be treated. The best way to be sure is to call in or schedule a consultation. For women, the unwanted hair on commonly visible areas, like the face, usually take priority. Hair growth on the face can often be caused by hormones, whether imbalanced or not. Genetics and medication can also cause excess hair on the face and body, in areas such as the chest, breasts, and abdomen.
If you are experiencing unwanted hair growth, call our clinic to schedule your free consultation. In the consultation, we will explain in greater detail the process of electrolysis and what to expect. After discussing your needs together, we will tailor a treatment plan insuring the greatest success.