Tina L. Martin Electrology
Registered Electrologist and Licensed Aesthetician

Frequently Asked Questions about Electrolysis

What causes excess hair growth?

There are a number of reasons for excess hair growth: an increase in blood supply to an area, heredity, and most commonly, hormonal stimulation. Hormonal stimulation may be caused by the changes our bodies normally go through. Some examples of those in women would be puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.  Certain medications can also contribute to unwanted hair growth.

What Is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the destruction of a hair follicle with a controlled amount of electrical current.  A very fine needle is inserted into the natural opening of the hair follicle.  Then electrical current is directed to the base of the follicle, causing cellular destruction and ultimately stopping the ability of the hair follicle to produce another hair..

Can Electrolysis Damage The Skin?

Skin damage is unlikely with electrolysis under normal circumstances.  There will, however, be some slight skin reaction during treatment that may remain visible for 1 – 2 hours afterward. This is normal, and will vary from one individual to another.  Skin reactions will range from a slight redness of the skin to a minor welting effect, which usually disappears quickly with the application of ice to the area.  Many people have such a minimal reaction to a treatment that it is virtually undetectable.   

Is Electrolysis Painful?

Some individuals will experience minimal discomfort during an electrolysis treatment.  Most of the time there is very little discomfort.  Certain areas of the body are more sensitive than others, and each individual will have a different sensitivity level. Therefore, there are many adjustments that can be made during a treatment to insure comfort.  There are also several, very effective, topical anesthetics available over the counter for anyone who would need them.

How Long Does It Take?

To achieve permanency, a series of treatments is required.  This is not a “quick fix”.  It is, however, the only method of hair removal approved by the FDA as PERMANENT.  I have found through experience that an average treatment time is approximately 1 – 2 years of weekly treatments.  As the hair follicle begins to weaken over time, it is likely that a client can come in bi-weekly and eventually fall into a “maintenance schedule” for the last few visits.

There are many different factors that can affect the time it takes to successfully achieve permanency. Some of which may include, any known or unknown medical conditions, past temporary methods used and how long they were used for, the size of the area to be treated and how much hair growth is within that area.  But most importantly, an individual’s compliancy to weekly treatments is key to the successful elimination of unwanted hair.

What Areas of My Body Can Be Treated?

Almost every area of the body can be treated. Some of which include: the hairline, earlobe, eyebrows, upper lip, chin, side of face, neck, chest, breast, back, fingers, arms, underarms, bikini line, legs and toes.

In the state of Massachusetts, there are Rules and Regulations an electrologist must follow. In these Rules, the following areas must be avoided with electrolysis treatments: mucous membranes, the breasts of a pregnant woman, any area with a communicable condition.  Moles can be treated with a Doctors note.

Does It Really Work?

Yes, it absolutely does.  It has been, and still is the only FDA recognized method for PERMANENT Hair Removal.  Laser hair removal, which I feel is also a valuable tool in the fight against unwanted hair, has only the approval of the FDA to promote itself as effective hair REDUCTION.

Why Not Just Use Temporary Methods?

Temporary methods such as waxing, tweezing, shaving, and deplitories, that may seem quick, easy, convenient, and inexpensive, are over the long run.  If you were to sit down and add up all the hours, and all the money spent on these methods over a lifetime you would be shocked.  Then, to add insult to injury, consider the fact that in many cases, these methods cause the hair to strengthen, and eventually get worse.  Not to mention that the skin irritation that is caused from some of these methods, over time can cause skin damage and/or scarring.

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