Electrolysis hair removal is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. It does require multiple sessions to achieve best possible results, but permanent hair removal isn’t 100% guaranteed for everyone. An electric current is applied with a very fine needle-shaped electrode, or metal probe into each hair follicle to destroy the root. There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis and blend. At East Ivanhoe skin & Body Therapy we use thermolysis. We also do Telegiactasis treatments woth special needles for spider veins, capillaries or cherry angioma, skin tags. These are priced according to time also. Hair grows in different stages: growing, resting and shedding. Because all of the hair isn’t on the same stage at any given time, multiple sessions are needed to get the hair in the growth phase for electrolysis hair removal to be most effective- just like laser hair removal.
- It has the best track record.
- Electrolysis has the best overall results, versus any other method, in ridding hair for long periods of time- or even permanently.
- Many different hair and skin types can benefit.
- Because it doesn’t target hair pigment (color) like laser, but attacks the follicle itself. People that aren’t good candidates for laser can still get electrolysis.
- Bent follicles can make electrolysis hair removal harder.
- Previous waxing or tweezing can make hair follicles bent or misshapen, and getting the needle to the root more difficult to destroy the follicle.
- Multiple treatments are needed.
- You have to truly be committed to electrolysis because you will need anywhere from 15 – 30 sessions, which will take up a considerable amount of your time.
- Skin can get discolored.
- This is most likely to occur if it’s improperly done.
- It can be pricey.
- See below, under The Costs heading.
Everyone has their own tolerance to pain. Electrolysis has been likened to a stinging and pricking sensation, and each follicle has to go through it. At East Ivanhoe Skin & Body Therapy we have natural numbing spray, topical aesthetic. We also have special type needles that are insulated to minimize skin reactions and therefore helps healing time and recovery time if needed.
The amount of growth and size of area, and prior temporary hair removal methods cause the variance in the amount of treatments needed.
Unfortunately, even after evaluating the variables, it is impossible for an Electrologist to predict the number of treatments needed.
It is important to remember that Electrolysis although permanent, is a process.
Keeping your regularly scheduled appointments as recommended by your Electrologist will allow the hair to be treated in this ideal stage of growth. If there is too much time in between appointments, the hair can move into the catagen stage.
Catagen is when the root detaches itself from the papilla, and the hair begins to move up the follicle wall. The lower portion of the follicle collapses, which makes it difficult to reach the papilla. The papilla is the target the Electrologist must destroy in order to achieve permanency. The hair then moves into the telogen phase, where the hair sheds. Once the hair falls out on its own, the follicle may become dormant for a couple of weeks up to about 4 months, or it may begin producing another hair right away. When a follicle is in the telogen or resting phase, it cannot be treated as there is no visible hair.
You simply have to wait for it to go back to the anagen stage and have the hair removed at that point. Those who want to wait for all the hair in a given area to grow back before having a subsequent appointment are doing themselves a disservice. The best way to have Electrolysis take the least amount of time to achieve permanency is to remove the hair as soon as it becomes visible.
After waxing /electrolysis you are advised not to :
- Swim or have a spa bathSunbathe or use a solarium- immediately before or after treatments.
- Have hot showers directly on the areas.
- Do not use any AHA or acidic type cream/lotions on the area.
- Do not pick, scratch any areas that may be healing or are ingrown hairs
- Tweeze or wax the area between treatments only trim.
We recommend a TGA approved commercial aftercare cream -such as Sterex – POST Electrolysis cream, or after wax cream by Caron. As it has a minimum of 5% tea tree oil and antibacterial properties in the cream. Also available is Aloe vera gel and Bepanthen cream. Keep your appointment as advised Skin may be susceptible to irritation or infection for up to 48 hours after any Skin Penetration procedure.