What is Electrolysis and How Does it Work?
Electrolysis is the use of electrical current to cauterize hair follicles rendering them unable to produce a hair while protecting the surface of the skin. We use the Blend Method which combines Direct Current (DC or Galvanic) and Alternating Current ( High Frequency or Thermolysis). When Galvanic Current is applied to the hair follicle it causes the salt and water molecules to break apart and form Sodium Hydroxide (lye) which is caustic and will fill the follicle. The Alternating Current cauterizes the hair follicles using heat. Combined, it is the best version of a Electrolysis treatments that we preform at frëckle Professional Skincare.
Is Electrolysis Permanent?
Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that is deemed permanent by the AMA and the FDA. It is permanent over time. There are three main reasons why electrolysis is preformed with multiple sessions over time:
1. Stages of hair growth — Hair is in different stages of growth at any given time and electrolysis can only be performed on visible hair. Therefore hair yet to surface while in Anagen stage of growth will need to be treated in subsequent sessions.
2. Protection of the skin — Because it is important to protect the skin, we cannot use an electrical intensity high enough to completely destroy the follicle. A little destruction of the hair root occurs with the removal of a hair in a particular follicle, and over time this hair root will be completely destroyed. At that time, this follicle will never be able to grow another hair.
3. Hormone imbalance — If there is an imbalance, follicles that previously did not contain hair may begin to produce hair.
How Long Does Electrolysis Take?
A series of regularly scheduled treatments is necessary to reach permanency. As treatment progresses, sessions become less frequent. Your electrologist will set up a schedule tailored for you. Electrolysis requires your faithful participation in the continuity of treatment. Starting with longer sessions at the beginning of your treatment plan is quite common and reduced in time and frequency after satisfaction with lesser or no hair regrowth. Unfortunately we cannot predict how an individuals increase in new growth will occur and will only be able to be treated when surfacing. Additionally, chronichormonal imbalances such as PCOS or other thyroid disorders can render permanent hair removal treatments in terms of commitment in years.
After An Electrolysis Treatment?
You may experience a slight swelling and/or redness on treated areas that will usually disappear within an hour. This is perfectly normal. Occasionally slight scabbing, which is a natural part of the healing process, may appear after treatment. Your cooperation is necessary. You must not irritate treated areas by rubbing or picking at the skin and you must keep the area clean. Often recommended is the application of an antibiotic cream, antiseptic lotion, or aloe vera gel.
What Areas Of The Body Can Be Treated With Electrolysis?
Any area of the body can be treated such as chin, upper lip, eyebrows, breasts and abdomen. If we can see the hair, we can remove the hair. Electrolysis can be done on any hair or skin color and in almost any area. Inside the ear and nose are the exceptions.
Electrolysis VS. Laser
Electrolysis is the use of electrical current to cauterize the hair follicle so that it can no longer produce a hair. Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method of Permanent Hair Removal. It can be done on any hair color or skin color. It is a tried and true method of hair removal that does take multiple sessions. Laser is the use of light and heat ( depends on the laser) to target and destroy pigment. Laser’s effectiveness depends on the hair pigment so the hair must be darker than the skin tone. The best candidate for laser hair removal is someone with pale skin and dark hair. Laser cannot claim to be permanent, but it can reduce hair. Laser works great on larger body areas such as a full back or full legs. When a series of laser treatments have been done, electrolysis can finish the area. Laser can also be quite painful, but the sessions are usually quick though multiple sessions are required.
Portions of the information above are provided courtesy of Dectro International.