Electrolysis is an only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal from face or body. For best results, it’s required to have multiple sessions.
How does electrolysis hair removal work?
It’s a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is removed with tweezers.
Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, abdomen, thighs,breasts, and legs. There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.
Can be used on anyone despite their skin or hair color because it attacks the hair follicle itself, and not the pigment in the hair.
How many sessions are needed?
Since many factors influence hair growth, you will need to return for several electrolysis visits. It’s time consuming, you will need about 15-30 sessions for best results. Also treatments last very long since because it’s necessary to treat the center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is removed with tweezers. It can take up to 18 months to treat a single area. Most clients return once a week or every other week, as necessary. But the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments have been completed.
Pain level of electrolysis hair removal?
Everyone has their own tolerance to pain. Electrolysis has been linked to a stinging and pricking sensation, and each follicle has to go through it.
Side effects of electrolysis hair removal?
Electrolysis is an invasive procedure that involves inserting a fine needle into the hair follicle and applying a small amount of electric current over a very short period of time. The amount and severity of the side effects that you experience with electrolysis depends largely on the sensitiveness of your skin and the duration of the session as well as the density of the hair in the patch that’s being treated.
Most common side effects:
- Redness for up to a few hours
- Red dots on the treated area that usually last a few days
- Possibility of small scabs on treated area
- Localised swelling
- Acne breakouts
Preparation prior to an Electrolysis Treatment
- Shaving five to seven days before a treatment appointment.
- Well hydrated skin can help the treatment be more effective (drink an ample amount of water in the week prior to the appointment).
- No deodorants, creams or lotions should be used on the treatment areas on the day of the appointment
- An aftercare product which can be applied 3 times daily to the treated area with a fresh cotton bud for each application, continue this for 3 days.
- Do not pick off small scabs or ‘brown tops’ .
- Minimise heat or friction on the treated area.
- Do not touch with fingers treated area for a minimum of 48 hours.
- Do not use pools, saunas or take hot showers ( or spas).
- Do not sunbathe or use sunbeds.
- Do not apply any products on the treated area for at least 24 hours.
Prices of electrolysis hair removal?
General factors to consider when trying to estimate the cost:
- The thickness of hair
- How much hair you have
- The location
Getting full body electrolysis is rare and would be very expensive. Normally people get the treatment on real problem areas which are easy to see.
There are a few different methods which can be used to determine price.
- Per hair
- Per body part
- Per hour
Roughly cost for a full treatment:
- Bikini area – $400-500
- Chin – $350-400
- Upper lip – $350-400
- Legs – $1000+
- Back – $2000+
- Eyebrows – $100-150
Different types of electrolysis
- Galvanic electrolysis – This type of electrolysis uses a chemical reaction to destroy the hair follicle, brought about using direct electrical current. The needle is inserted into the hair follicle and a small electric charge is administered. This reacts with the saline found at the base of the follicle, to produce sodium hydroxide. This natural chemical acts to destroy the cells around it, to effectively permanently disable the follicle and prevent hair from re-growing. The chemical continues its work for a period of time following removal of the needle. This method is best suited to course, thick hair.
- Thermolysis – It is performed in a very similar way to galvanic electrolysis, but instead of an electric current the needle delivers radio energy, at a designated high frequency. The needle transmits the current which, due to its high frequency, vibrates the hair follicle, which in turn irritates the water molecules surrounding its base. Heat is produced and this thickens the fluid into a mass, destroying the target cell tissue. It’s not effective as galvanic an is typically used for fine hair.
- Blend – This is a combination of galvanic electrolysis and thermolysis. The galvanic current produces the acidic lye, whilst the high frequency current vibrates and heats it up. As it heats, the caustic strength of the lye increases still further, as the lye vibrates due to the thermolysis, it is dispersed and absorbed into every area of the hair follicle. Blend is best suited for fine body and facial hair.