Electrolysis is the only proven, permanent method of hair removal. It has been safely used around the world for over 125 years. It is an effective procedure for all skin and hair types and can be safely used on any part of the body to eliminate unwanted hair.
In an electrolysis session, a professional electrologist will insert an incredibly thin metal probe into each hair follicle. Depending on the method of electrolysis, a small electrical current and/or radio frequency energy is passed through the probe, permanently destroying the follicle cells at the root. After the hair is removed from the follicle, you will never have to worry about regrowth again.
Is Electrolysis Safe?
In the hands of a qualified professional, absolutely. A skilled and experienced electrologist should be trained to insert the probe into the hair follicle without damage or irritation to the surrounding tissue.
Are There Different Types of Electrolysis?
There are three recognized methods of electrolysis, all with equal effectiveness.
- Galvanic: This is the original method of electrolysis. It uses an electrical current to stimulate a chemical reaction, creating a tiny amount of lye that destroys the hair follicle cells.
- Thermolysis: This method involves using radiofrequency energy to generate a tiny burst of heat that destroys the follicle cells.
- The Blend: This method combines the galvanic and thermolysis methods. The RF energy of the thermolysis method heats the lye generated by the galvanic method, destroying the follicle cells.
Will Electrolysis Hurt?
This can depend on your pain tolerance level. When the electrical current is passed through the probe, you may feel a hot, pinching sensation. There should be minimal discomfort throughout the procedure, depending on the area of the skin being treated. Some areas may be more sensitive than others, but the experience should never be painful. If you are experiencing any major pain or discomfort, inform the practitioner and cease the treatment immediately.
After treatment, you may experience some skin sensitivity and redness. This should fade within a few hours.
How Many Treatments Will Be Necessary?
This can depend on the amount of hair in the areas treated. Generally, it can take a few appointments over the course of a couple of months to clear a larger area of all hair growth. Over the course of your electrolysis treatments, the hair in the desired areas should thin and become lighter until, finally, the hair vanishes completely.
Before you begin treatment, you should always have a consult with your electrologist to come up with a long-term plan that will give you the results you desire in the least amount of time possible.