Frequently Asked Questions About Permanent Hair Removal
What is electrolysis?
Electrology is the science of permanent hair removal. The term electrolysis is used to describe all methods of permanent hair removal. The electrolysis modality was the first method used to remove hair permanently back in 1875. The term electrolysis branded the process of permanent hair removal.
There are three modalities used today that fall under the heading of electrolysis:
Galvanic uses direct current to produce a chemical change in the hair follicle. This chemical change eliminates the hair growth cells.
Thermolysis uses an alternating current to produce heat in the follicle which destroys hair growth cells.
The blend method combines galvanic current with thermolysis current resulting in a combination of heat and a chemical reaction in the follicle enhancing the destruction of cells.
Which modality does Electrolysis by Kim, LLC use?
The modality used by Electrolysis by Kim, LLC is thermolysis. Using state-of-the-art technology, a minute amount of electricity is gently applied to the base of the hair follicle. This small amount of electrical current causes atoms in the tissue to become excited. The agitated atoms vibrate against each other and generate heat by friction. Surprisingly, the probe itself does not get hot. The tissue around the needle, however, becomes hot because of this agitation taking place brought on by the current. This heating is more intense in electrically conductive substances such as saltwater. Human tissue and blood contain abundant saltwater. So it is the moisture in the tissue surrounding the probe which becomes heated – not the probe itself. This process destroys the hair growth tissue. Therefore, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.
Why should I choose electrolysis over other hair removal methods?
Electrolysis is the only true permanent hair removal method and the only permanent treatment recognized by the FDA. Electrolysis is a time-tested method that was invented over 100 years ago to remove irritating, ingrown eyelash hairs. Over the course of this time there have been no serious side effects recorded. It is safe and it is permanent.
Unlike other hair removal options, professionally performed electrolysis eliminates unwanted hair, permanently, with unsurpassed results. Moreover, it does so for the largest variety of skin and hair types.
Laser hair removal and IPL can work for reducing the hair in large areas, but the skin and hair conditions must be perfect for the specific method chosen. Laser and IPL will not remove lighter hair. Some people also experience paradoxical hypertrichosis after these treatments. Instead of removing hair, laser treatment can actually promote hair growth.
Waxing, threading and tweezing are TEMPORARY methods. Additionally, they may cause an increase in hair growth activity. Depilatories and shaving can cause an irritation to the skin while the hair regrows quickly. These methods can require a lifetime of maintenance. Many can appear inexpensive but cost more due to long term use and are found to be inconvenient.
Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method for permanent hair removal. No other solution claims such universal acceptability and success.
Do electrologists follow appropriate infection control procedures?
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). Electrolysis by Kim, LLC adheres to these standards.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments necessary varies with each client. Treatment sessions can range from 15 minutes to more than an hour depending on the area being treated.
Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, certain medication and stress influence the treatment program for each individual. It is important to follow the recommended treatment plan to achieve optimum results.
Electrolysis costs depend on a lot of factors including: how much hair needs to be removed, the size of area being treated, and where you get your services performed.
For best results, follow the electrologist's recommendations in scheduling appointments. For areas that have been waxed or tweezed, treatments will be more frequent than for areas that have been shaved.
Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is regrowth to be expected?
Excessive hair growth, known as hirsutism can range from fine, vellus hair to dark, coarse hair on the face and body. Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, successful removal of these hairs may require additional treatments.
Hairs have differing cycles of growth, many of which are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. The follicle produces the hair from the blood supply, and discards it eventually through shedding. The process of growth, rest and replacement are known as the hair growth cycle. The sequence of events is repeated constantly until a hair ceases to be formed.
What does electrolysis feel like?
Electrolysis usually does not cause any significant discomfort. Some individuals notice a brief sensation with each pulse while others do not detect anything. External variables can influence individual responses to a pulse. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced any discomfort to a mere tingling. Settings can be modified to increase comfort or tolerance and if necessary, a topical anesthetic used.
Does electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?
Immediately following treatment, there may be slight redness and swelling. Minute scabbing is possible on the body. This varies with each individual. The latest technology has made electrolysis more comfortable and effective than ever before. Your electrologist will provide you with post treatment instructions and the personal attention you need. You are assured of the best care from Electrolysis by Kim, LLC.
Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?
Electrolysis works on all skin and hair types. It can be applied to most facial and body parts, including: eyebrows, chin, upper & lower lip, jaw line & sides of the face, breast & underarms, abdomen, bikini line, legs and back. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, your electrologist will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs.
Can women begin or have electrolysis treatments during pregnancy?
Unwanted hair can be caused by hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy. Electrolysis can be performed on any normal skin. This includes pregnant women. We suggest that you seek the advice of your physician before beginning treatment.
Can hairs be removed from moles?
Electrolysis can be performed in most moles. Your electrologist may require written approval from your physician.