Is Electrolysis Safe?
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
What Does Electrolysis Feel Like?
* Stop tweezing, waxing, threading, etc.
* Commit to the treatment schedule.
* Stay hydrated for your treatments.
* Motivate you tolerance levels.
* Electrolysis is recommended by physicians and endocrinologist as the safest and most effective way to permanently remove unwanted hair.
* As a California State Licensed Electrologist, I follow all barbering and cosmetology rules and regulations to ensure that I meet the highest standards of infection and safety control.
* For each client and every treatment a sterilized, sealed, and disposable probe is used.
* Sterilized sealed tweezers and medical grade disposable gloves are used for each session.
Why Choose Electrolysis Over Other Methods Of Hair Removal?
When Is Electrolysis Not Safe?
* Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal.
* Electrolysis is effective on all skin and hair colors as well as fine and course hair.
* Laser is not effective on all skin and hair colors and is not regarded as permanent, but instead it is FDA approved as a method of hair reduction.
* Laser relies on the pigment of the hair in contrast with the pigment of the skin to be effective. For this reason laser is only effective on black or dark brown hair in contrast with light colored skin.
* Recent studies show regrowth on Laser treated areas, 6 months to 10 years after follicles were thought to be destroyed.
* Electrolysis is the ONLY way to achieve permanent hair removal
* Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved permanent hair removal treatment. Laser hair removal treatments are not approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. They are approved for permanent hair REDUCTION. Laser hair removal can also be temporary.
* Waxing, plucking and shaving are temporary and these methods can actually increase hair growth in areas such as the upper lip, chin, breasts, and abdomen.
How Does Electrolysis Work?
* Immediately following a treatment, there may be slight redness and or swelling, which usually disappears within a few minutes to a few hours.
* Small white dots and or tiny red dots may appear.
* Occasionally, stubborn thicker hairs which require a slightly elevated current, will develop a small crust after treatment.
* It is important not to scratch or pick at an area after it has been treated. Also important is to tell your electrologist about any skin reactions that do occur, so that you can work together to lessen their occurrences.
Electrolysis Vs Laser
* Every person is unique. Some people feel nothing more than a slight warming
sensation, while others describe a small pinch and rising heat.
* It is very rare that an individual will find electrolysis intolerable.
* Over the counter topical anesthetics are available. You may apply these creams before your treatments.
* Stronger anesthetics are available through your physician if necessary.
What Causes Excess Hair?
Are There Any Side Effects?
* Electrolysis was invented in 1875 by Dr. Charles E. Michel (1833-1913).
* To this day Electrolysis is the ONLY method of permanent hair removal approved by the FDA.
* Electrolysis is the process of applying a small amount of electrical current to the base of the hair follicle and destroying it. This current coagulates the blood supply and germ cells responsible for hair growth.
* There are 3 modalities used in electrolysis:
Galvanic (direct current)
The hair follicle is destroyed by chemical action.
Thermolysis (high frequency current)
The hair follicle is destroyed by heat production.
Blend (direct and alternating current)
Simultaneous use of Galvanic and Thermolysis currents are used to create heat and chemical action to destroy the hair follicle.
* A very fine sterilized probe is inserted into the hair follicle alongside the shaft of the hair. The probe does not pierce the skin, it travels into the follicle through its natural opening at the skins surface.
* Once the probe is inserted at the base of the follicle, current is applied, destroying the germ cells responsible for hair growth.
* Tweezers are then used to slide the destroyed hair, root sheath and bulb out of the skin. This process is then repeated for each hair in the area.
* If you have a pacemaker, defibrillator or auditory device implant you cannot undergo electrolysis treatments, doing so could be fatal.
* Due to the risks, clients with HIV or Hepatitis are contraindicated to treatment.
* With diabetes the skin’s healing function is impaired, treatment may proceed but with a doctor’s consent. It will be necessary to space out treatments and work with caution.
* Metal plates & pins can restrict treatment options to only the Thermolysis method.
* Blood and skin conditions such as Active Herpes Simplex, Hemophilia, Rosacea and Psoriasis (but not limited to these examples) can restrict the type and length of electrolysis treatment and may require a doctors consent before proceeding.
* If Epilepsy is controlled by medication or the last episode was over 2 years ago treatment may be undertaken with caution. Complete instructions on care should an episode take place must be given at each treatment session.
* If you are prone to Keloid Scarring treatment is contraindicated as it could cause a Keloid at the site of entry of the probe.
* Hyperpigmentation may occur in clients who are of certain ethnic decent, have chloasma, or sun tan often. Hyperpigmentation can take as long as 6 – 12 months to clear as long as overtreatment did not occur.
* Hairy moles may be treated safely and effectively with a doctor’s consent. Be advised the mole may lighten with treatment.
* In the event a client contracts a bacterial, parasitic, or fungal infection treatments will be postponed until the condition has cleared.
* Please fill out your health history card fully and completely to avoid any complications and to insure that your treatments are safe and effective.
How Do I Get Faster Results?
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis requires a series of treatments given over a period of time. How much time depends on several factors.
* The density and coarseness of the hair.
* The size of the area to be treated.
* The cause of hair growth.
* The intensity you can tolerate with each treatment.
* Your consistency in adhering to the treatment schedule.
* Your ability to stop tweezing waxing, sugaring, and threading.
* How hydrated you are.
* Treating hairs in the Anagen Stage of their growth cycle.
* The rate at which undergrowth appears.
Truly Permanent Hair Removal
* Conditions which cause an increase in blood supply to the skin or excess of certain hormones in the circulatory system cause excess hair. Excess hair is not abnormal but is simply undesirable socially.
* The causes of hair growth are classified as:
* Congenital (heredity or ethnicity)
* Systemic (endocrine dysfunctions, stress, medications, normal biological changes such as puberty and menopause)
* Topical (excess weight, chaffing and temporary methods of hair removal)
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