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The Basics

Electrolysis is a method for permanently removing individual hairs from the face and body. Today's medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with heat or chemical energy, or both. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is then removed with tweezers.

Make sure the electrologist uses the correct technique


The Where

Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including but not limited to, the eyebrows, face, abdomen, thighs, breasts, and legs. There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening and or swelling of the skin may occur.

The Why

Hair growth can be a result of heredity and hormone levels. It can also be the results of medications, temporary methods of hair removal, and illnesses that stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis is the prefect option when hair growth is in an area of the body where it is unwanted. 


The 'How Long Will It Take"

Many factors influence hair growth, so permanent removal of all unwanted hair will require several visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove the hair will vary from person to person. Your sessions will be based on your hair growth, the area, your budget and time available.

The Myths

MYTH: Electrolysis is painful. In most cases, electrolysis actually does not cause much discomfort. It can be said to feel like a hot tweeze.

MYTH: There are other methods of permanent hair removal. The FDA and the American Medical Association recognize that electrolysis is the ONLY methods of permanent hair removal.

How Do I choose an Electrologist

Electrologists are people who have special training to perform electrolysis. If you are considering electrolysis, it is important to do your research before committing to sessions. The wrong decision can mean extra sessions and costs along with unnecessary discomfort and possible scarring

Know the professional's qualifications

Many states require electrologists to be licensed or certified within the state in order to practice. If you live in one of those states be sure the practitioner's certificate is current and on display. For states that do not regulate electrolysis, look for electrologists who have certification from an accredited electrology school.

Ask around

One of the best ways to find a good electrologist is to ask friends and family as well as your doctor for recommendations. If you know anybody who has undergone electrolysis, ask for his or her input.

Get a consultation

Many places will give you a free consultation. During the consultation, be sure all of your questions are answered. Some things you may want to ask about include, but are not limited to: how will the procedure feel; how many visits will you likely need; how much will each visit cost; how long will each session take; and how long the practitioner has been in business?

Make sure the electrologist uses the correct technique

The practitioner should use a needle/wire method of electrolysis, which is the only permanent for of hair removal. Some places may advertise electrolysis but use electronic tweezers or photoepilators instead. These are not permanent hair removal procedures

Use common sense

When you go to your consultation, look around. Does the place look clean? Do the workers look clean? Do they use disposable gloves or wires? Ask to meet the person performing the electrolysis. Does he or she strike you as professional? If you are not comfortable with somebody, look for someone else to do the procedure. Personal comfort is essential to knowing you have made the right choice.

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