Electrolysis Hair Removal
Electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with heat. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is removed with tweezers.
Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, abdomen, thighs, breasts, and legs. There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.
What Causes Unwanted Hair Growth?
Hair growth is the result of heredity and hormone levels. Also, some drugs, temporary methods of hair removal, and illnesses can stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis may be an option when hair growth is in an area of the body where it may not be desired such as on a woman’s upper lip, chin, or bikini line.
How Many Electrolysis Treatments Will I Need?
Many factors influence hair growth, so you will need to return for several electrolysis visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. Most clients return once a week or every other week as needed. But the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments is complete. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour.
Electrolysis vs. Laser Hair Removal
Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method to permanently remove hair from the body. Laser hair removal is approved by the FDA for hair reduction, not permanent results. According to The Mayo clinic, lasers can reduce hair counts from 40% to 80% only. Electrolysis can be used on anyone for 100% hair removal despite their skin color or hair color. Electrolysis attacks the hair follicle itself, not the pigment in the hair like laser. The mainstream laser unit only works on those with light skin and dark hair. When using a laser on those with dark skin, it is possible to burn the skin and difficult to achieve the same results as someone with light skin and dark hair.
How Painful is Electrolysis vs. Laser?
Everyone has their own pain tolerance. Electrolysis is said to cause a stinging or pricking sensation, and each follicle will go through it. Laser feels like a rubber band ‘snapping’ against your skin with a heat sensation. Coarse, dark hair feels more of a burn with laser. A man’s laser hair removal for the beard and mustache area will feel more painful than laser removal anywhere on a woman’s face.