FAQ - Electrolysis

What is electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal procedure, used to remove unwanted hair growth. A qualified professional called an electrologist slides a hair-thin, solid metal probe into each hair follicle. Electricity is then delivered to the follicle through the probe, which causes localized damage to the areas that generate hairs.

There are 2 methods of electricity delivery that can be used damage the hair follicle:

  • Thermolysis delivers a high frequency heat to the hair follicle, causing damage to the surrounding tissue and disabling the follicle making it difficult for regrowth to occur.
  • Galvanic is a similar process to thermolysis, only it is a direct electrical current that causes a chemical reaction in the salt water solution that surrounds the root of the hair which in turn denatures the follicle.

Our highly skilled technicians use a method called the blend method, which combines both thermolysis and galvanic current to achieve the most efficient and effective results.

Is electrolysis safe?

Yes! Electrolysis is very safe when administered by a skilled technician who maintains a strict regimen of infection control. Single use, sterile, disposable needles are essential!

Is electrolysis painful?

Treatment discomfort can be kept to a minimum depending on the method and practices of the technician. At Julie’s Spa we use ice or topical anesthetic to keep our clients comfortable. We also use insulated one piece needles which helps keep the unpleasant sensations to a minimum.

Can unwanted hair be removed from any area of the body?

Yes! Electrolysis can be applied to all facial and body parts including eyebrows, chin, upper lip, ears, sides of face, breasts, bikini line, legs, back, hands, toes and tops of feet.

What causes unwanted hair growth?

Excess hair growth can be caused by several factors:

  • puberty
  • pregnancy
  • menopause
  • normal hormonal changes
  • certain medications
  • heredity factors

It is imperative that the electrolysis clinic you choose takes your general medical history in order to determine what is causing your unwanted hair to give you the most successful treatment possible.

How long will it take to get rid of the unwanted hair permanently?

To achieve permanent results requires a series of treatments so that the hair follicles can be permanently destroyed at each cycle of growth and stop the blood flow to those follicles. Your hair grows in cycles, which vary according to body area. A technician will usually see all the cycles of growth appear over a 12 - 18 month period, meaning you can be completely hair free in less than 1-½ year. However this requires consistent treatments and your committing to them. The duration of your overall treatment plan will vary based on the area of the body and your previous methods of hair removal.

How often should electrolysis be done for best results?

The frequency of treatment depends on many factors such as area site, hair type and how often the client was waxing or tweezing unwanted hair previously. Each client at Julie’s Spa is given a customized treatment plan in order to achieve fast and permanent results. Typically, treatments are scheduled 3 - 4 weeks apart.

Why does it take numerous treatments to permanently remove unwanted hair with electrolysis?

The answer ties back to the life cycle of a hair. There are three stages of hair growth. In order for the electrolysis treatment to be effective the hair must be in the first stage called anagen. At any given time there are only 20 - 30% of hairs in the anagen stage. Since it is difficult to know which stage any given hair is in just by looking at it. Many hairs will be treated that are not in the anagen stage and will regrow. This is why electrolysis requires repeat treatments and a bit of patience. However, if you stick with it, you will be rewarded with results.

Do home electrolysis devices work?

Electrolysis is a highly skilled procedure. It requires knowledge of the angle hair and depth of the hair follicle, as well as the delivery of the appropriate current and intensity. Most home kits claim to work by applying electrical current above the surface of the skin rather than to the follicle directly. This only singes the surface of the skin and hair, leaving the follicle virtually untouched. This is just a temporary method much like a depilatory and can scar the skin in the process.

What should I expect from a typical electrolysis treatment session?

A typical electrolysis session can be anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours. This will depend on the amount of hairs that need to be treated. You should expect to experience minor redness. There can be some swelling that occurs if the treatment duration is longer than a half hour. The swelling usually disappears after a few hours. One or two days later, minor scabbing can develop, and can take anywhere a week or two to heal. The scabs should then fall away without any permanent marks.

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