For a lady to look cute should have a smooth face without any hair budding out. But is this the reality? Many ladies suffer from the unfortunate growth of hair on their face, arms and legs that looks awkward.
The primary objective of electrolysis is to help people improve their physical appearance and self-esteem through the permanent removal of unwanted hair. Thousands of women, men, and teens suffer emotional trauma from superfluous hair growth and feel unattractive and self-conscious. This negative self-image and lack of confidence may become problematic in both the workplace and in social settings.
There are many factors within our bodies, which can play a role in the development of unwanted hair. Some of the factors are normal, biological changes that we undergo throughout our lives, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Other causes are related to glandular disorders that may cause elevated levels of androgen hormones. These hormones can be responsible for the development of superfluous hair or hirsutism.
Many people grow excess hair simply because of heredity factors, while in others; stress, emotional problems, and certain medications encourage the body's production of androgens, causing excess hair growth. The electrologist is trained to recognize hair growth patterns and outward symptoms that may require referral to a physician, most times an endocrinologist.
What is the solution for this? Researches have been going on over a century and many methods were adopted for camouflaging visible hair namely laser, threading, waxing etc., etc., However they were not giving a permanent solution for preventing unwanted hair growth. All these solutions were temporary in nature.
The good news is that unwanted hair can be removed permanently, through electrolysis treatments. The treatment involves placing a sterile probe into the hair follicle and transmitting a small amount of electrical energy into the follicle. The current destroys the hair's regenerative cells, and the treated hair is then removed from the skin. Once the regenerative cells have been eliminated, there is no possible way for the hair to be reproduced.
Electrolysis hair removal is the only method approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for permanent hair removal, and has the best overall result over any other method for ridding hair for a long period of time or even permanently.
It is a procedure, which involves insertion of a fine wire into the hair follicle releasing a minuscule amount of charge at the hair root thereby cauterizing the blood vessel and preventing supply of nourishment to the hair. Unlike other methods, in electrolysis, electric current is applied with very fine needle shaped electrode, or metal probe into each hair follicle individually to destroy the root. Once the cauterization is done hair can never grow again from the same root. Hair grows in different stages; growing stage, resting stage and shedding stage. Since all the hair isn't on the same stage at any given point of time, electrolysis technique requires multiple sessions at the growth stage for hair removal to be most effective.
The procedure of electrolysis may be performed by an ordinary technician even without having the ability to recognize at what stage the hair is. The successful and permanent removal of the hair from the root will be possible to be performed only by a person who is an expert and having the required skills obtained by rigorous training and practice and who has the competence to recognize the actual stage the hair is and applies electrolysis scientifically. The growth stage is the right stage at which the root of the hair is to be cauterized from the follicle applying the right amount of electric current. An overdose of current will damage the skin with a scar.
Scientific electrolysis technique can be effectively performed for permanent hair removal only by a professionally trained electrologist. Scientific electrolysis ensures no pain other than a tickling sensation and the insertion of the probe tip will not even be felt. The scientific electrolysis procedure destroys the root of the hair from the follicle instantly leaving no mark or scar without damaging the skin.
The time required for permanent cure depends on the intensity of growth of the unwanted hair. For a person with moderate growth will require any where between 15 – 30 sessions of one-hour duration. Therefore a considerable amount of time and patients are required for a successful permanent cure.
The greatest advantage of electrolysis is that it has no side effects unlike other methods.
The mainstream laser method can only be used on those with light skin and dark hair. It can burn those with dark skin and not give optimal results for people with light hair because the laser targets pigment (dark color). Waxing is only temporary in nature. Repeated waxing is required periodically as and when the effect of waxing is over.
These are not permanent methods of unwanted hair removal. Hair grows back within a few days. More than that, these methods will fasten the reappearing of hair and the speed of the hair growth will multiply.
Irrespective of colour of skin or hair electrolysis technique can be applied on any one because it attacks the hair follicle itself and not the pigment in the hair.
Immediately following treatment, your Electrologist will gently cleanse the area and apply a mild astringent (without alcohol) and a healing cream. Do not touch with bare hand the treated areas for 24 hours. Dip cotton in lukewarm water and wipe the area gently three times a day for three days. Do not apply makeup or any cosmetics for three days.
Unlike the LASER hair removal method, our method safely provides permanent hair removal on all skin types and all shades of skin pigmentation& can be done during pregnancy.
Electrolysis is FAR less expensive than LASER treatments and is an even bigger savings when you calculate the permanence factor of electrolysis vs. LASER. Remember, with our method, you are getting the hair permanently removed. Therefore, you see us for a few months, then never again, unless you have an ongoing hormone/medication problem or choose to get additional areas treated. Therefore, it does cost more than, say manicures, because most of our clients do not return, unless they decide to get additional areas treated.
Unlike Laser treatments, you don't have to be careful about the sun before or after the treatment...just be sure that you do not have an active sunburn when you come for treatment. Also, don't go into any source of extreme heat or direct sunlight for the first 24 hours following your treatment. After the first 24 hours, or as long as any reaction is visible, always use a sun screen with an SPF of 50 or higher on the treated area(s).
*The FDA ruling regarding laser hair removal can be found here :
An excerpt of that ruling is quoted below:"HAIR REMOVAL"
“. . . Manufacturers should be aware that receiving an FDA clearance for general permission to market their devices does not permit them to advertise the lasers for either hair removal or wrinkle treatment, even though hair removal or wrinkle treatment may be a by-product of any cleared laser procedure. Further, manufacturers may not claim that laser hair removal is either painless or permanent unless the FDA determines that there are sufficient data to demonstrate such results. Several manufacturers received FDA permission to claim, "Permanent reduction," NOT "permanent removal" for their lasers. This means that although laser treatments with these devices will permanently reduce the total number of body hairs, they will not result in a permanent removal of all hair. The specific claim granted is "intended to effect stable, long-term, or permanent reduction" through selective targeting of melanin in hair follicles. Permanent hair reduction is defined as the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime, which may include several sessions. The number of hairs re-growing must be stable over time greater than the duration of the complete growth cycle of hair follicles, which varies from four to twelve months according to body location. Permanent hair reduction does not necessarily imply the elimination of all hairs in the treatment area."
The FDA discussion of hair removal methods. The material is quoted below:"Laser Hair Removal"
"In this method, a laser destroys hair follicles with heat. Lasers are prescription devices that should be used only under the direction of a licensed practitioner. If a topical anesthetic product is recommended before a laser hair removal procedure to minimize pain, FDA recommends that consumers discuss with a medical professional the circumstances under which the cream should be used, and whether the use is appropriate.
"Those who decide to use a skin-numbing product should follow the directions of a health care provider and consider using a product that contains the lowest amount of anesthetic drugs possible. FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research has received reports of serious and life-threatening side effects after use of large amounts of skin-numbing products for laser hair removal.
"Side effects of laser hair removal can include blistering, discoloration after treatment, swelling, redness, and scarring. Sunlight should be avoided during healing after the procedure& also not safe during pregnancy."
Epilators: Needle Electrolysis, and Tweezers
"Needle epilators introduce a fine wire close to the hair shaft, under the skin, and into the hair follicle. An electric current travels down the wire and destroys the hair root at the bottom of the follicle, and the loosened hair is removed with tweezers.
"Medical electrolysis devices destroy hair growth with a shortwave radio frequency after a thin probe is placed in the hair follicle. Risks from these methods include infection from an unsterile needle and scarring from improper technique. Electrolysis is considered permanent hair removal method, since it destroys the hair follicle. It requires a series of appointments over a period of time.