We would like to answer some frequently asked questions about electrolysis...
Does electrolysis remove hair permanently?
Yes. Electrolysis eliminates the hair root so it will not grow back. To date, electrolysis is the only proven method of removing hair permanently. In some cases where the area's hair growth is a result of hormonal issues, the area will be "under control" but ongoing maintenance will be required to keep it that way.
Can hair be removed from anywhere on the body?
Unwanted hair can be safely removed from most body areas. The most common areas include the hairline, bridge of nose, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, chin, neck, shoulders, arms and underarms, hands, chest, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs, toes, and back.
How many treatments are necessary?
There are so many variables to consider when estimating the amount of time you may need for electrolysis. The variables include the amount of hair, the hair characteristics, the area of treatment, your tolerance, and the frequency & length of the sessions just to name a few. It is very challenging to answer this question without knowing these variables. We all have differing amounts of hair based on our ethnicity, age, etc. We also have different tolerances; some may fall asleep while we are working on them and others are more sensitive to treatment. Based on your tolerance, we may be able to use a high setting that results in a more efficient session or a low setting that results in a slower progressing session. By scheduling a free consultation, we can assess these variables and provide an estimateas to how long it will take to remove your hair. Remember, electrolysis is not the quickest form of hair removal but it is the most effective form of permanent hair removal.
How does electrolysis work?
The electrologist inserts a tiny metal probe into the hair follicle next to the hair. A small amount of electrical current is applied through the probe to completely eliminate the hair root. When a skilled, properly trained electrologist performs this procedure, there is little damage to the surrounding tissue.
Does electrolysis hurt?
Most people say the sensation is similar to that of tweezing. Individuals vary. Some may notice mild discomfort (particularly on certain sensitive parts of the body) and others may even nap during electrolysis. The state-of-the-art equipment we use at Jill and Bonnie's Electrolysis has greatly improved the procedure. Not only has the equipment made electrolysis more permanent, it has also made electrolysis more comfortable. We have topical solutions available to help with pain management. (You need to obtain it from us ahead of your first appointment.)If you take 2 Tylenol one half hour before treatment, that can also be helpful. (~Of course your two friendly electrologists will be chatting with you to get your mind off of the treatment!~)
Is electrolysis only for women?
No, electrolysis is for everyone. Men also have superfluous hair (ears, eyebrows, bridge of the nose, beard, neck, shoulders, chest, back, etc.) that may cause feelings of embarrassment. Whether hair removal is for thinning out the hair or for completely removing it in chosen areas, the client's preferences guide treatment strategy.
Is electrolysis effective on people with dark skin?
Yes, electrolysis is effective on all skin and hair types. No other hair removal solution can claim such universal acceptability and success.
Is electrolysis safe?
Electrolysis is perfectly safe when performed by a qualified electrologist. Jill and Bonnie are certifed and very qualified. We use pre-sterilized disposable needles. All equipment that can be sterilized is sterilized. Gloves are worn.
Why not bleach, tweeze, shave, wax, or use depilatories?
Most people choose electrolysis because it is permanent and they do not want to be bothered with the continued expense and/or time required by temporary methods. They also want clear skin, unblemished by nicks, scrapes, ingrown hairs, new hair growth, and/or wiry or bleached hair.
What about hair removal using laser?
Laser has a place in the "hair removal world" but is specific to certain hair and skin types. The skin must be pale so the laser light is not soaked up by the melanin in the skin instead of the hair. Blond and white hairs do not react to the laser light because of the lack of melanin in the hair. Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation, or laser, has not yet proven itself as a means of permanent hair removal, however, it is a means of permanent hair reduction.
Why do most people seek electrolysis?
Most people seek electrolysis as a part of a thorough personal grooming program for social and psychological self-confidence and for image building. Some people choose electrolysis when unwanted hair appears because of the influence of hormones during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. Unwanted hair can also appear related to illness or a reaction to medications. Removal of hair under these circumstances helps preserve a person's normal appearance.
How do I know if an electrologist is qualified?
It is extremely important to evaluate the professional credentials of an electrologist. Check to see if and where professional training has been completed. In the state of Pennsylvania, there is no state license available so your electrologist should have a diploma showing certification from an electrolysis course displayed in the office.
After Treatment for Electrolysis
You may be red after having electrolysis. You may have small bumps around the follicles that were treated. The bumps should go down shortly. Some follicles will feel the need to heal themselves over so they may form a tiny little scab. You should leave them alone. Don't use a wash cloth or an exfoliant. We want the skin to heal naturally and if you take the scab off before it's time you may cause pitting in your skin. Wash with a mild soap and just go gently over the skin. Neosporin cream or Witch Hazel work well in the days following if you are experiencing the scabs. Try to use natural cleansers and moisturizers. The harsh chemicals in some products can be irritating. *
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