What areas of the body can be treated?
Hair can be removed from almost any part of the body. Some common areas for women include the hairline, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburn area, chin, throat, neck, chest, breasts, abdomen, arms, legs, and bikini line. Hairy moles may be treated with written permission from a physician.
Common areas for men are the beard line, shoulders, back, neck, chest, ears and nose. Electrolysis is very helpful for treating ingrown hairs, which frequently cause irritation in the beard area.
Are there other methods of hair removal as effective as electrolysis?
No. There is no reputable scientific evidence that shows any other method of hair removal being as safe, effective and permanent as electrolysis.
Is electrolysis safe?
Electrolysis has a 120-year history of safety and effectiveness. Modern well-trained electrologists utilize the most up-to-date, effective methods of sterilization, disinfection and antisepsis, and follow strict guidelines set up by a major electrolysis organization in conjunction with the CDC (Center of Disease Control).
Are there any side effects caused by electrolysis?
It is common to experience some redness or slight swelling. These side effects should not last more than a couple of hours. Occasionally some pinpoint scabbing may occur. In this instance follow the post treatment instructions provided by your electrologist.
Is electrolysis painful?
Whether there is any discomfort during electrolysis varies depending on a client’s tolerance, machine settings, modality used as well as other factors. The sensation has been described as a “slight heat”, “slight pinch” or “tingling”.
Is electrolysis expensive?
Considering the intense physical effort required of the electrologist, as well as the equipment, office space, insurance, etc., the fees charged by electrologists are thought, by most, to be reasonable. When compared to the prices of other health and beauty-care services and the cost of dealing with excessive hair using temporary means, electrolysis, in most cases, is very affordable. Remember, the problem is being dealt with permanently and not just on a short-term basis.
What causes excess hair growth?
Many factors contribute to the growth of excess hair.
Heredity, as a cause of excess hair, must be approached from three different levels: race, nationality and family. Women of Mediterranean ancestry, Hispanic women and African American women tend to have more body hair than women of Native American or Japanese ancestry. The condition seems to run in families and your doctor may want to run some tests to find out what the underlying cause may be.
Normal physiological changes
Puberty, pregnancy and menopause can also cause excess hair growth. During the normal systemic changes in a woman's life, hormone production varies. It is not uncommon for hormones during these times to be unbalanced. Increased male hormones (androgens) can be present which may result in unwanted hair growth.
Malfunctions of the endocrine glands
Malfunctions of the endocrine glands can trigger the appearance of excess hair, too. Some diseases of the thyroid gland, ovaries, pituitary gland and adrenal gland are known to stimulate hair growth. Cushing’s disease, polycystic ovaries and thyroid conditions are just a few of them. These pathological disorders must be treated by a physician in order for electrolysis to be effective.
Medications are another known factor influencing in the production of unwanted hair. Some common culprits include birth control pills, cortisone, some seizure drugs and high blood pressure medication.
Topical influences may also play a part in increased hair growth. These are external influences on the body that cause an increase in the blood supply to the skin and hair follicles. Included in this category are the abrasive action of casts, sunburn, scars from injuries, as well as prolonged tweezing and waxing.
Stress (both emotional and physical) can stimulate the adrenal glands to initiate a hormonal reaction that can cause fine, soft body hair to become more coarse and noticeable. In addition, it has also been proven that emotional disturbances can cause menstrual irregularities.
How does electrolysis work?
An electrolysis treatment involves the inserting of a sterile probe, the same size as the hair, into the hair follicle opening down to the dermal papilla. The dermal papilla is the electrologist’s target. It is the part of the follicle that contains blood and nerves and feeds the growing hair. If the papilla and the regenerative cells surrounding it are destroyed, the hair will die. When the probe is in place, a low-level electrical current is applied that will destroy the papilla and surrounding cells and loosen the hair in the follicle. The hair is then removed.
Many hairs will be eliminated with only one treatment, but most will require more treatments to achieve permanency. Electrolysis involves a series of treatments over a period of time. The length of time depends on the amount of hair, its coarseness, the cause of the excess hair and many other factors, but once the papilla has been eliminated, the hair is dead and will not grow back.
Are there different methods of electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the only form of permanent hair removal recognized by the American Medical Association. There are three methods that can be used to eliminate unwanted hair, and all three with achieve permanency. Your electrologist will select the best method for you based on your hair type, skin characteristics and sensitivity. This will assure you of the greatest maximum comfort and permanency.
The oldest method, Galvanic is a chemical method that utilizes a direct current to convert normal body salt and water in the follicle into a compound capable of destroying the dermal papilla. The chemical is produced only in the follicle and does not affect any other area.
Thermolysis uses a high frequency current to produce heat in the area influenced by the current. This heat cauterizes and destroys the dermal papilla.
This method combines both currents together. Thermolysis enhances the action of the galvanic method to produce a faster process.
How long has electrolysis been performed?
The first research using electrolysis for the permanent removal of hair began in 1869 in St. Louis, Missouri. An ophthalmologist, Dr. Charles Michel, who wanted a safe, effective way to remove ingrown eyelashes, which frequently led to blindness, conducted it. He published his first scientific paper in 1875. The method was soon accepted by the medical community and then adapted for treatment of excess hair on other parts of the body. From that day until present, the same basic technique has been used, only greatly improved and modernized.
If you choose electrolysis as a solution to your unwanted hair, it will change your life in a positive way. Your investment will pay for itself in confidence, an improved appearance and self-satisfaction. Let us begin to help you today.
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