Q & A
What are the most widely used Methods of hair removal?
There are several techniques used to remove unwanted hair; however one one is permanent.
- Electrolysis (this is the only method of permanent hair removal)
- Laser Hair Removal
How does electrolysis work?
A professional electrologist inserts a very fine, sterile probe alongside the hair in the hair follicle. A small amount of electrical current is then applied through this probe, which destroys the hair root. Professional electrologists are trained practitioners whose accumulated skills enable them to destroy the hair root permanently without puncturing or harming the skin.
Does the treatment work?
Discomfort is relative to each individual patient. Some areas are more sensitive than others. Legs and forearms offer the least discomfort as do the chest and breast.
What causes superfluous hair?
Any on or a combination of the following factors:
- Glandular or hormonal imbalances
- Reactions to certain medications
- Normal aging process
- Excessive waxing, tweezing and all temporary methods of hair removal
Note: Once hair changes from the light vellus (fine hair) stage to the dark terminal stage, the color and texture will remain in that condition even after the cause of the change has been diagnosed.
Is electrolysis expensive?
Fees for electrolysis are in keeping with those of other professional health care and aesthetic services. In fact, the cost of a lifetime of temporary methods is often more expensive than electrolysis.
How many treatments are needed?
An electrolysis treatment program must be tailored to meet each individual patient’s needs. Certain factors determine the number and length of treatments required, such as the number of hair follicles contained in the area of treatment, the sensitivity of the skin, the particular area to be treated and previous mehtods of hair removal. Patients should ask their electrologists to provide them with a treatment schedule upon the first visit. Most patients find that a weekly session of 15-60 minutes is the most effective. The closer you adhere to your treatment schedule, the more effective your treatment program will be in helping you free yourself of superfluous hair forever.
What type of skin care is required after treatment?
Electrolysis is a safe and effective method of permanent hair removal with few or no side effects. A slight swelling or redness, along the treated area is normal and should subside within a few minutes to one hour. Occasionally slight scabbing may appear two to four days after treatment. These temporary scabs should be left alone as they will disappear in a few days. Most electrologists recommend the application of a good antibiotic cream or an antiseptic lotion to enhance the healing process. Cosmetics should be avoided for 24 hours. Sunlight and tanning beds require special consideration and should be discussed with your electrologist.
Is electrolysis a safe and approved method of hair removal?
Probe type electrolysis is the only safe method of permanent hair removal. “Consumers should be particularly careful about using any of the home devises.. Considerable skill and dexterity is required to perform electrolysis properly, and most people would probably be better off going to an expert instead of trying it themselves.” (FDA Consumers, 1979). Guild members are professional electrologists and have agreed to adhere to the Guild’s Bylaws and Code of Ethics.