We would like to answer some frequently asked questions about electrolysis...
Does electrolysis remove hair permanently?
Yes. Electrolysis destroys the components of hair growth so it will cannot grow back. To date, electrolysis is the only proven method of removing hair permanently. Where hormonal imbalances or side effects from medication can be the cause of excessive hair growth, once the area is under control it could still require ongoing treatments.
Can hair be removed from anywhere on the body?
Hair can be removed from anywhere on the body. 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. Some larger areas are better suited, in the name of time, to be treated with laser and then clear leftover hair with Electrolysis. This is a service only Jill and Bonnie's Electrolysis also offers...the only electrologists who can take care of ALL of your unwanted hair from start to finish!
How many treatments are necessary?
There are many variables to consider, including the location, amount and type of hair, the methods of temporary removal used and the frequency and length of treatments. Ethnicity, age and hormonal situations also influence the number of necessary sessions to be expected during this process. A hair MUST be in the Anagen phase (growing stage) to be successfully destroyed, which is why strategically spaced treatments are imperative.
How does electrolysis work?
A tiny metal probe is inserted into the hair follicle along side the hair. A small amount of electrical current is applied, creating heat, which causes the destruction of the hair root. When a skilled, properly trained electrologist performs this procedure, results should be evident within a short time frame. There is little damage to the surrounding tissue which allows people to go about their day following a treatment. (Pre -sterilized needles are used.)
Does electrolysis hurt?
Most people say the sensation is similar to that of tweezing. Others say it feels like a stinging sensation. If you take two Tylenol one half hour before treatment, that can be helpful. (~Of course your two friendly electrologists will be chatting with you to get your mind off of the treatment!~)
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 smooth clear skin, unblemished by bumps razor burn, ingrown hairs 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. At times Laser is the right decision for people. At times Electrolysis is the right decision for people. At times a combination of both procedures is the right decision for people. Let us help you in making the right choice for you!
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.