1. What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the process of permanent hair removal using a solid needle. The needle is inserted into a hair follicle where a small amount of electrical energy is discharged, destroying the hair growth tissue.
2. How Long Does It Take?
Due to factors including hair growth cycles, density of hair growth, and previous use of temporary hair removal methods, the number of treatments required to permanently remove hair varies with each client. There is a natural period of time in which hair will regrow after temporary removal, usually 6 weeks to 4 months, and hair must reach this stage before being effectively treated with electrolysis.
3. Is Electrolysis Permanent?
Yes. It must be noted that it may take multiple treatments to break down the hair germ cells responsible for hair growth; this means that some regrowth of hair after one treatment is to be expected, however this hair will be finer and the germ cells will be weakened.
4. Does It Hurt?
"If you don't feel it, it doesn't work," is one way to describe the destruction of hair growth tissues. The sensations associated with electrolysis vary greatly from person to person. Some find the sensation to sting, while others feel nothing more than a slight itch. Each hair follicle is surrounded by nerve endings responsible for the sensitivity one feels during the treatment. Sensitivity can vary greatly for each individual follicle. The use of special creams and other safe methods can aid people with special sensitivity needs.
5. Is Electrolysis Better Than Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal promoters use terms such as "permanent reduction" to describe what is in most cases only proven to be a temporary method of hair removal. Laser hair removal is still a relatively new science and has not been evaluated for long-term safety of skin and health. Electrolysis, which has been in use since 1875, is the only proven, safe method to permanently remove hair with no long-term side effects.