My Electrolysis Tips & Tricks…
1. Word to the wise, “Water is your best friend.” Being adequately hydrated helps ensure you get the best treatments possible!
2. Avoiding caffeine prior to appointment can help decrease sensitivity.
3. Be good to your skin. Follow the post care treatment guidelines included on my website.
4. Remember my mantra… “If you tweeze one hair, two will come to the funeral.” Be strong, don’t tweeze.
5. Communication is vital. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Working together gives ideal treatments for you.
6. Using a mild exfoliant to remove dead skin & debris from the hair follicle helps me treat hair more quickly.
7. Removal of makeup prior to appointment is a good idea. Clean & accessible hair follicles are best for treatment.
8. Hair should be shaved or trimmed to approximately ¼ inch so that it can be treated and removed easily.
9. If you have a low pain threshold and need some “numbing love” apply 4% over-the-counter lidocaine cream 1-2 hours prior to appointment covering with saran wrap.
10. Some clients feel less discomfort if they premedicate with a low dose of Tylenol or Ibuprofen taken with some food prior to treatment session.
11. Hair grows in cycles, so many are not visible on surface of skin at the same time. This is why multiple hair treatments are necessary to permanently clear an area.
12. Be patient with your progress. Remember every individual is different. You will become permanently hair free in time.
Frequently Asked Questions About Electrolysis or Permanent Hair Removal?
This FAQ is based on common questions asked of electrology practitioners. The information below is not intended to provide a diagnosis or define a treatment. Please consult your electrologist before selecting a course of treatment. The information is provided courtesy of American Electrolysis Association.
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is permanent hair removal. Using state-of-the-art technology, a minute amount of electricity is gently applied to the base of the hair follicle. This process destroys the ability of the hair follicle to grow another hair. Therefore, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated. Electrolysis is essential to realizing the look you want and it is more effective than ever before. Let electrolysis work its wonder for you.
Does electrolysis work?
Absolutely. Electrolysis is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent removal of unwanted hair. As the hair is treated, regrowth is prevented rather than just removed temporarily. Only electrolysis provides both hair removal and hair elimination.
Will electrolysis work for me?
Almost certainly. Electrolysis is effective for all skin types, hair types, skin colors, hair colors, and areas of the body. For more information, see my Electrolysis Solutions area.
What is the science behind electrolysis?
A small electric current is transmitted by a fine, sterile probe (or needle) directly into the natural opening of the hair follicle, destroying the dermal papilla, the matrix, and an area called “the bulge”, all of which cause hair to grow and regenerate.
Why do people get electrolysis hair removal?
Maybe it’s just an unwelcome maintenance routine that takes a lot of time, but often, unwanted hair creates self-consciousness serious enough to impair relationships with other people. If unwanted hair gets in the way of your confidence, social life, work, sports, schedules or even self-expression, this is your opportunity to act.
Is all electrolysis the same?
There are three types, or modalities, of electrolysis used today – galvanic (current produces a chemical reaction), thermolysis (short-wave which produces heat) and a modality that blends the two. They all result in effective permanent hair removal.
Does electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?
Immediately following treatment, there may be a temporary redness or tenderness, which varies with each individual. The latest technology has made electrolysis more comfortable and effective than ever before. I will provide you with post treatment instructions and any personal attention you may need. You are assured of the best care from a skilled hair removal professional.
My grandmother used to get electrolysis treatments. Has the technology changed much?
Permanent hair removal using electrolysis has come a long way since its beginnings in 1875. Today’s computer technology enables the electrologist to work with more speed and comfort. Epilators are much quicker, utilizing current timings of thousandths of a second over the longer current applications of the past, plus, intensity settings can now be modulated to varying proportions. The instruments and equipment used in a contemporary electrologist’s office are just part of the changes that have occurred in the electrolysis industry.
Why should I choose electrolysis over other hair removal methods?
Electrolysis is the only FDA proven method for removing unwanted hair permanently. Over a course of hair removal treatments, regrowth is prevented rather than just removed temporarily. Electrolysis is effective for all hair types, skin types, hair colors, and skin colors. Electrolysis is the only solution that provides both permanent hair removal and elimination.
Why should I choose electrolysis over other temporary methods like laser and waxing?
Unlike other hair removal options, professionally performed electrolysis eliminates unwanted hair, permanently, with unsurpassed results. Moreover, it does so for the largest variety of skin and hair types. Laser promoters compare laser to electrolysis although laser assisted hair removal is considered a temporary method. It has not been evaluated for long-term safety of the patient’s skin and health. Waxing, threading and tweezing are alike. However, ingrown hairs and discoloration may result. Additionally, they may cause an increase in hair growth activity. Depilatories and Shaving can cause an irritation to the skin while the hair regrows quickly. These methods can require a lifetime of maintenance. Many can appear inexpensive but cost more due to long term use and are found to be inconvenient. Electrolysis works on most areas of the body to give you smooth, sleek healthy looking skin. No other solution claims such universal acceptability and success.
Do electrologists follow appropriate infection prevention?
The American Electrology Association has written Infection Prevention Standards following the most recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments necessary varies with each client. Treatment sessions can range from 15 minutes to more than an hour depending on the area being treated. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, certain medication and stress influence the treatment program for each individual. It is important to follow the recommended treatment plan to achieve optimum results.
Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is regrowth to be expected?
Excessive hair growth, known as hirsutism can range from fine, vellus hair to dark, coarse hair on the face and body. Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair growth cells may require additional treatments. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, I will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs.
What does electrolysis feel like?
Most clients find electrolysis to be comfortable experience. With continually advancing technology, equipment and treatment protocols, electrolysis is more comfortable and effective than ever before. Electrolysis can help you transform your image through smooth hair-free skin.
Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?
Electrolysis works on all skin and hair types All areas of the body can be treated except inside the nose and inside the ears. Areas of treatment may include the chin, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, jaw line and sides of the face, breasts and underarms, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back and shoulders. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, I will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs. There is no better solution than Electrolysis, a treatment that’s as individual as you are.
Can women begin or have electrolysis treatment during pregnancy?
Unwanted hair can be caused by hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy. Electrolysis can be performed on any normal skin. This includes pregnant women. We suggest that you seek the advice of your physician before beginning treatment. Electrolysis can enhance your natural beauty with smooth, hair-free and healthy-looking skin for a glowing look that’s uniquely you!
Can hairs be removed from moles?
Electrolysis can be performed on most moles. The stat of Utah currently requires written approval from a physician prior to treating hair growing on moles.