Presently the term “electrolysis” refers to three separate modalities commonly recognized as effecting permanent hair removal. These methods include “galvanic”, “thermolysis”, and “the blend;” and each involves the insertion of a fine probe conductor into the hair follicle (a natural skin opening), brief application of current, and epilation (removal) of the treated hair.
The galvanic current (DC) causes a chemical change in the tissue, thermolysis (AC) causes heat resulting from friction, and the blend combines the currents and subsequent effects on the tissue. Each technique has specific application and the professional electrologist determines which modality is advised in individual client circumstances.
Present studies indicate effective treatment of the mid and lower follicle area accomplishes permanent follicular disablement. By confining current application to this portion of the follicle the electrologist provides effective treatment while preserving surface tissue.
Electrology involves labor intensive, intricate, precision procedures, requires professional judgement, and must be performed in sanitary environment by a skilled practitioner for optimal results.
In conclusion “permanent” should not be confused withe “immediate” where hair removal is concerned. To permanently eliminate presently active hair follicles with a specific area requires a series of treatments over a period of time. Consistency in maintaining a prescribed course of treatment scheduling will significantly influence progress. As treatment progresses and hair growth decreases sessions become less frequent and shorter duration.
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis is permanent hair removal. Regardless of the cause—heredity, metabolic, or hormonal conditions—electrolysis will permanently remove unwanted hair to reveal a glowing, confident you.
Electrolysis is the only hair removal method approved and recognized as permanent by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How does electrolysis work?
A fine metal probe is gently inserted into the follicle and a slight amount of current is applied. The probe is pre-sterilized and disposable.
When the proper amount of timing and intensity are delivered to the target area, the hair easily slides out and a new hair can never grow from that follicle again.
You will feel a slight amount of heat when the follicle is cauterized.
Weight gain or loss
Disruption of the Endocrine System
How long does it take to achieve permanent results?
Permanent results start immediately because when a follicle is sufficiently and properly treated, a new hair can never grow from that follicle again.
Initially, the hairs are in all different stages of growth.
The amount of hair you have, your hormonal activity, previous temporary hair removal methods and adherence to a treatment schedule will determine how many treatments you will need.
As treatment progresses, there will be fewer and fewer hairs. Your appointments will get shorter and less frequent.
Follicles that are successfully treated by electrolysis can never re-grow another hair and results are permanent!
What areas can be worked on?
Women may want hair removed from the upper and lower lip, the chin and neck area, sideburns and cheeks, eyebrows, hairline, nape of the neck, breasts, underarms, stomach etc.
Hair can be removed from all areas of the body:
Fingers and Toes
Virtually any area that does not involve the mucus membranes
Men may want hair removal from the beard area, ear, nose, umbrow, neck, upper arms, hairline, chest and back.
What causes hair to grow courser?
Hormonal stimulation and increase in blood supply initiate or accelerate the growth of the hair.
Most unwanted hair is normal for one's age, sex and ethnic background. Hair patterns are usually inherited, but hormones may be stimulated by factors such as:
For more information about electrolysis, go to American Electrology Association.