Electrolysis

We are thrilled to be able to offer two options for hair removal. Through consultation, we can help determine which one is right for you.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions…

How long does each treatment last?

The average treatment ranges from 15 minutes to one hour. The amount of time per treatment depends upon the reaction of the skin to treatment, and the patient’s sensitivity. Facial treatments will always vary greatly depending upon the area, from 15 minutes to one hour.

How much hair can be removed in one treatment?

The amount of hair that can be removed in one treatment depends upon the sensitivity of the patient, the skin and the proficiency of the electrologist.

How does electrolysis differ from laser hair removal?

Electrolysis and laser hair removal are similar in their permanence. Electrolysis will be less costly per visit, but will require more visits. Electrolysis is a better choice for people with lighter hair or darker skin when laser hair removal is not an ideal treatment. Both treatments involve some discomfort, which varies from person to person.

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Can electrolysis be harmful or cause scarring?

Under normal conditions, there are no harmful effects from electrolysis. Infections can happen but are rare. Most undesirable aftereffects are caused by the patient scratching, picking, using heavy makeup or general uncleanliness. Caution should be taken with diabetics and patients prone to keloids.

Can hair be removed from a mole?

The electrologist should check state regulations and have a physician’s permission before treating hair in a mole. These precautions are necessary because treating moles is still controversial. There is no recorded damage due to treating a mole.

Will electrolysis stimulate new hair growth?

Some experts feel that the stimulation can cause a few surrounding follicles to grow hair. This has not been scientifically proven.

Only tweezing or waxing can cause enough trauma to stimulate the dermal papilla. Cutting, shaving, and depilatories do not reach the dermal papilla and do not affect growth. Patients should not tweeze between sessions but may cut any visible hairs until their next appointment.

Does electrolysis hurt?

The sensation is less than in tweezing. Most patients are surprised, as they expect to feel much more. Some patients even relax enough to fall asleep. Topical anesthetics are available to eliminate most of the sensation.

For more details, please check out the American Electrology Association’s website .