FAQ about Electrolysis
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the only recognized form of permanent hair removal. A small, hair thin, probe is inserted into the follicle. Using chemical energy, heat energy, or a combination of the two, the follicle is destroyed and once destroyed will no longer produce a hair. You are rid of that bothersome hair permanently.
The process of electrolysis
A small probe, as thin as a hair, is inserted into the follicle. The probe emits a small electric current, heat, or both to kill the hair follicle. Once follicle has been sufficiently treated, the probe is taken from the follicle, and the hair removed. The removal of the hair is simply cosmetic at this point, as the connection to the needed blood supply has been disconnected.
The three Methods of Electrolysis
Galvanic : The use of electric current which causes a reaction in the follicle from the body’s salts and moisture. This reaction creates a caustic substance referred to as lye. This reaction destroys the follicle.
Thermolysis: A high frequency current that produces heat. The heat is used to destroy the follicle by use of thermal decomposition.
The Blend: A combination of Galvanic and Thermolysis
Why should I choose electrolysis over other hair removal methods?
Electrolysis is the only true permanent hair removal method and the only permanent treatment recognized by the FDA.
Who is electrolysis for?
Electrolysis is for everyone and is safe for all hair and skin types. We can remove hair form sensitive areas that laser cannot.
Why isn't Laser Hair Removal permanent?
Laser Hair Removal only puts the follicle to “sleep” but doesn’t destroy it, like Electrolysis does. If a surge of hormones appears such as after an operation, pregnancy, menopause, or when taking certain medications, the hair removed by a laser, could “wake up” again and start growing back. Generally Laser hair removal needs to be repeated every 2 years. It has also not been evaluated for long-term safety of the patient's skin and health. In addition, Laser treatments cannot be done for all hair and skin types whereas electrolysis is safe for everyone.
How long will it take to clear an area?
It really depends on the amount of hair in the particular area, and how frequently you come in for treatment. Typically it can take 6 months to a year, per area. Hair grows in cycles and therefore requires several treatments to properly remove all the hair.
Do you need a license to perform electrolysis?
Yes. All of our technicians completed the 600 hours of instruction and lab time to become certified. Our state issued licenses are on display at all times.
How small are the probes?
They are as fine as a hair. We use only disposable probes.
What are some products that could cause a negative reaction?
Medications such as Accutane or blood thinners.
Do you tweeze the hair out first or after?
We take it out after the probe has treated the follicle. That way the hair is already disconnected from the blood supply and is easily removed.
Does it hurt?
It could. It really depends on the area, and sometimes it depends on each hair. There are some clients who actually fall asleep, tho! If the treatment is too strong, we can bump the settings down a bit. Topical numbing cream, such as Numbstick, helps, too. Apply 20 minutes before treatment. If you need a stronger percentage of lidocaine, your doctor can prescribe that for you. Try not to have any caffeine before your appointment and drink water to hydrate the your skin.
Why doesn’t tweezing get rid of hair permanently?
Tweezing actually strengthens the blood supply to the hair, making it grow back thicker, stronger and more frequently. Only a fraction of tweezed hair is ever permanently removed.
How can I prevent ingrown hairs?
We sell a product called PFB that you roll onto the ingrown hair twice a day. PFB also prevents new ingrown hairs from forming.
Can you treat hairs growing from scars?
Yes, but it may feel different since the nerves might have been damaged from the injury that caused the scar.
Can you treat the hair on my toes?
Yes, but the hair on the toes is very shallow which could make the treatment extremely sensitive. Numbing cream is recommended.
Why do you need a doctor’s note to treat hair in moles?
Utah State Law requires a doctor to give us permission to treat moles. Some moles have been known to become cancerous.
Why can’t I use soap and water for 24 hours after treatment to clean the area treated?
Your follicles are open and susceptible to infection after treatment. Cleanliness is important, so only use an astringent to cleanse the area. There could be bacteria in water, so only use an astringent, such as Cool Mist, Sea Breeze or witch hazel, to wash with.
Why can’t I go more than 3 weeks in between appointments?
The hair grows in cycles, and we want to treat the hair while it’s trying to grow back. The body tends to heal itself, so it takes several months of treatment, or even years, to permanently destroy the follicle. Electrolysis works!
Can I shave right before treatment?
No, we need enough re-growth of hair to grasp with tweezers. It’s best to stop shaving 3-5 days before your appointment.
Can I get treated when I have a breakout of cold sores?
Yes, we will just treat around the breakout. M’lis Tissue Repair Cream helps with all types of skin issues, including cold sores, eczema, burns, scars, stretch marks, cuts, sunburns and dry skin. Use it twice a day for 24 hours after getting electrolysis done. It’s just $5 a tube and it’s made right here in Utah!