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Electrolysis and How It Can Benefit You

If you have extra or unwanted hair growth, electrolysis might be the right hair removal treatment for you! Electrolysis utilizes a controlled electrical current to remove hair from the body permanently. The process is painless and free from side effects.

What Causes Unwanted Hair Growth?

Heredity and hormones are the major factors in determining hair growth. Diet, lifestyle, and temporary hair removal methods can also stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis may be the best solution if you are experiencing hair growth in an unwanted area of your body – such as on the upper lip for a woman and the chin and bikini line.

What Is Electrolysis?

Electricity is the flow of electrons or ions – electrolysis is the process of passing an electrical current through an ionic substance to break it down into smaller substances.

Electrolysis is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. Complete hair removal is a complicated process, and although the results of electrolysis are permanent, it is possible that individual follicles will be overlooked, and further sessions will be necessary to remove them.

Electrolysis can be applied to:

  • Face – including eyebrows, lips, and chin
  • Breasts
  • Abdomen
  • Underarms
  • Fingers and toes

How Does Electrolysis Work?

Electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. The handheld device used is called an epilator – it focuses intense heat or an electrical current that destroys the growth cells of hairs.

The electrical current is delivered through a needle finer than a human hair, inserted directly into the hair follicle’s opening.

electrolysis for hair removal being performed on woman's leg

The process may produce a brief “pinching” sensation or a feeling of heat, but this effect is temporary and passes quickly.

Technically, there are three methods of electrolysis:

  1. Thermolysis: This is the fastest and generally least painful electrolysis method. It uses a probe to deliver localized heat to destroy follicles
  2. Galvanic: More advanced and slightly less pain-free, Galvanic kills hair follicles through a chemical reaction induced by electrical current
  3. Combo: A mix of both Thermolysis and Galvanic, primarily recommended for clients with thick and/or curly hair

How Is Electrolysis Different from Laser Hair Removal?

Laser Hair Removal treatment permanently inhibits some hair growth – electrolysis permanently prevents new hair growth by removing the cells that generate hair. With electrolysis, you won’t need maintenance treatments following the procedure, although the process takes longer than Laser Hair Removal.

Electrolysis Hair Removal: Benefits And Risks

Benefits: Electrolysis gets the best results compared to any other hair removal method and removes hair permanently. It is also versatile, treating many skin types and tones anywhere on the body.

And even if you are not a good candidate for Laser Hair Removal, electrolysis can work for you.

Risks: No hair removal procedure is guaranteed, and there may be issues depending on your previous methods for removing unwanted body hair:

  • Previous waxing or tweezing may complicate the process
  • Bent follicles might also interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment
  • You will have to commit to anywhere between 15-30 sessions – the total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular body area will vary from patient to patient
  • There is always the possibility of some redness or swelling depending on your level of skin sensitivity, although far less than with Laser Hair Removal

Are You Ready to Try Electrolysis?

Amenity Day Spa can answer all your questions and help you determine if Electrolysis Hair Removal is an option for you – call today to schedule a consultation!