Using a state-of-the-art machine, electrolysis refers to the process of inserting a sterile probe into the natural opening of each individual hair follicle and using a small amount of electric current to destroy the root so the hair shaft can not re-grow. The number of treatments necessary for permanent removal will vary from client to client, depending on the area of growth, density and coarseness of the hair. The electric current can feel like a prick on the skin, but there are many ways to temporarily numb the area. Due to my experience I can work quickly and well within each person’s level of tolerance. It helps a great deal to hydrate well with water in the days before an appointment.
The biggest difference between electrolysis and laser hair reduction is that the laser targets the hair and not the follicle. That means the hair must be dark and coarse enough to be affected by the current. Many people who have lighter skin tones and hair color are disappointed with the outcome of laser treatments, as lighter hair will not be affected and other hair removal techniques such as shaving or depilatory creams will still be needed. With the electric current in electrolysis targeting the root of the hair follicle, hair cannot regrow regardless of the hair or skin color. With my training and education, I will tell you if I think you are a candidate for a successful laser outcome, in order to best address each person’s individual concerns for hair removal.
Depending on your skin type the response to electrolysis will vary, during the consult this will be discussed. However, it is important to take proper post electrolysis care to ensure the best outcome.
All of the following may be possible and normal but temporary, usually residing with in one to three days. With proper aftercare you can avoid or help reduce them.
· Minor scabbing (if any)
· Light swelling
· Miniscule white head(s)
*** Please avoid aggravating the area by unnecessary touching, use of harsh chemicals, scratching or squeezing the area****
· Keep the area clean, application of antibiotic cream can be helpful
· White heads will dry out quickly, do not squeeze them, this can exacerbate them
· Apply ice after appointment if needed, five minutes on and five minutes off
· Avoid direct sun exposure and apply SPF to prevent any discoloration
· If possible avoid wearing make up for a day or two
Electrolysis is a process, and the total number of sessions needed will vary according to hair type and amount. Treatments sessions can last from 15 minutes to an hour or more, but clients can set their own schedule depending on how rapidly they want hair removal to occur. Whether a person is seen weekly or monthly, at the end of the sessions the unwanted hair will be gone forever. During a consult everything will be discussed in greater length.