The Permanent Hair Removal Method
Electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. The process involves the insertion of a metal probe into the hair follicle, or growth center of the hair, to the depth of the base of the hair follicle or dermal papilla. An energy current is then discharged to cauterize the hair follicle so that it becomes incapable of producing hair. The hair is then removed using tweezers.
Not Much Discomfort
On average, treatment is performed at two week intervals, though this varies according to such factors as the sensitivity of the skin, skin condition, strength and location of the hair, and how long a time is needed for healing between treatments. A typical electrolysis session lasts between 15 minutes and one hour. There's not much discomfort, perhaps a slight tingling sensation. Sometimes, a topical anesthetic is used.
There are no permanent side effects associated with electrolysis. There may be a temporary reddening of the skin just after treatment. Electrolysis is very safe and as opposed to depilatories or bleach, doesn't involve the use of harsh chemicals.
Both the Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association recognize electrolysis as the only permanent method of hair removal. That's high praise for this modern hair removal technique.
Some states prohibit practitioners of electric tweezers (as opposed to proper needle electrolysis) from making the claim that the tweezers method is permanent. These electric tweezers are available for home use and mimic the needle electrolysis employed by professionals, but the devices are often unsafe for at home treatment.
It's best to have an electrologist administer the electrolysis procedure. It's a good idea to do some research before you begin. If you know someone who has had a good electrolysis experience, ask for a recommendation to an electrologist. Call for a consultation, often given free of charge. During the consultation, look to see if a license is on prominent display. Check that the license is current.
In states not requiring a license to practice electrolysis, look for a certificate from an accredited school of electrology. Use your common sense and try to assess the office for cleanliness standards. Low standards equal a poor electrolysis experience. Make sure the practitioner uses gloves.
Also, make sure to ascertain the electrologist employs needle electrolysis, as opposed to the bogus use of electric tweezers. Above all, make sure you're comfortable with your electrologist since personal comfort is an important factor to consider.