What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved permanent hair removal method. (FDA = US Food and Drug Administration.) While there are several FDA-approved methods of hair removal, electrolysis is the only one that has been proven to do so permanently. (To read more on this, click here.) Electrolysis is also beneficial in treating ingrown hairs to prevent the formation of cysts.
How does Electrolysis work?
Electrolysis is performed by inserting a fine, sterile probe into the hair follicle and delivering a low current of electricity and lye. (Note: I only use disposable probes.) This process ultimately destroys the root of the hair. Electrolysis is effective on all hair, regardless of color. Whereas other hair removal methods only work on darker hair, electrolysis is equally effective on blond and grey hairs.
What are the stages of hair growth?
Every hair follicle has three stages: growing, shedding, and resting. The length of time during which a hair is in its growing stage varies based on the area of the body. Often, hair may appear to be in “re-growth” during the initial treatment period. But we have to keep in mind that one has several layers of hair, and this growth is probably a new layer of hair emerging from its resting stage.
Why would I choose electrolysis over laser treatments?
According to the FDA, “Several manufacturers received FDA permission to claim, ‘permanent reduction,’ NOT ‘permanent removal’ for their lasers. This means that although laser treatments with these devices will permanently reduce the total number of body hairs, they will not result in a permanent removal of all hair.” (To read more on this, click here.)
How long will each appointment take?
The length of each treatment depends entirely on your needs. The minimum treatment time is fifteen minutes, but from there you can reserve as much time as you need to remove your hair.
If I’ve never done electrolysis before, how can I know how much time I will need?
I am happy to help with this! You can come in for a free consultation, and we can discuss your goals. During that time, I can evaluate how long I think we will need together, and we can go from there.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments is dependent upon each individual’s area of treatment, hormone balance, and the previous methods of hair removal. Please note we can only permanently treat the hairs that are currently visible. We cannot know how many hairs will eventually grow or when your body will stimulate new growth. Most clients attain the greatest results when they receive weekly treatments in the beginning. As we continue treatment and see results, less frequent visits are required. Again, I am happy to offer a free consultation and during this time we can discuss your individual needs.
Are there side effects?
Post treatment, you may experience redness or a little swelling for about one hour. Icing the area can be helpful. After an area is treated, you should not expose it to direct sunlight or apply makeup for 24 hours.
Does electrolysis work if hair has been waxed, tweezed or shaved for years?
Yes! Electrolysis can work at any time.
Where can I park?
Parking is available on the street and also in our parking garage. We validate for a rate of $1.00 for the first two hours and $1.00 for each additional hour.
When are you available?
I realize many of you work during the weekdays and have busy weekends, so I offer flexible and extended hours. I work Tuesday through Friday from 8 am – 7 pm, and on Saturdays from 8 am – 5 pm.
Do you have any testimonials that I could read?
Yes! My clients have been happy with my work, and I would love for you to read what they have said about me. Please click on this link to read my reviews on Yelp.