How Electrolysis Works

An electrolysis treatment involves the insertion of a sterile probe, the same size as the hair, into the hair follicle opening down to the dermal papilla. The dermal papilla is the electrologist's target. It is the part of the follicle that contains blood and nerves and feeds the growing hair. If the papilla and the regenerative cells surrounding it are destroyed, the hair will die. When the probe is in place, a low-level electrical current is applied that destroys the papilla and surrounding cells and loosens the hair in the follicle. The hair is then removed.

Is Electrolysis safe?

Electrolysis has over a 137 year history of safety and effectiveness. Margie is a professionally-trained electrologists, and utilizes the most up-to-date, effective methods of sterilization, and disinfection, and follows guidelines set up by a major electrolysis organization in conjunction with the CDC (Center of Disease Control).

Is Electrolysis Permanent?

Electrolysis has been shown to be permanent in over a century of use. Its permanency has been well recognized by knowledgeable physicians and is also testified to by hundreds of scientific articles published in medical literature. In addition to scientific recognition, there are over one million happy and satisfied people who have solved a very personal and embarrassing problem with the help of electrolysis.

Is Electrolysis painful?

Whether there is any discomfort during electrolysis varies on a patient's tolerance, machine settings, modality used, as well as other factors. During most treatments a definite sensation should be noticed. It has been variously described as a "slight heat", "tingling" or "stinging" sensation. Electrologists like Margie are trained to work within the comfort tolerance of their patients. Don't hesitate to communicate what you are feeling.

Electrolysis Techniques

Electrolysis is the only form of permanent hair removal recognized by the American Medical Association. There are three modalities that can be used to eliminate the unwanted hair, and all three are effective.

  • Galvanic Electrolysis:

    which is the oldest, is a chemical method that utilizes a direct current to convert normal body salt and water in the follicle into a compound capable of destroying the dermal papilla. The chemical is produced only in the follicle and does not affect any other area.
  • Thermolysis:

    is a method that uses a high frequency current to produce heat in the area influenced by the current. This heat cauterizes and destroys the dermal papilla.
  • The Blend:

    method combines both currents together in the same probe. Thermolysis enhances the action of the galvanic method to produce a faster process. Your electrologist will select the best method for you based on your hair type, skin characteristics and sensitivity. Your electrologist's choice willassure you of the greatest maximum comfort and permanency for your hair problem.

Are there any side effects caused by Electrolysis?

Electrolysis has been performed for over 137 years and has proven to be an extremely safe procedure. Electrolysis, like many minor procedures in medicine, does have a short healing phase. During this time, there may be some transient redness or swelling and occasionally some pinpoint scabbing. Margie will advise you regarding what can be expected during the healing phase.

Are there other methods of hair removal as effective as Electrolysis?

No. There is absolutely no reputable scientific evidence that shows any other method of hair removal being as safe, effective and permanent as electrolysis for all hair colors and skin types.

How long does Electrolysis take to achieve permanency?

Electrolysis requires a series of treatments given over a period of time. The length of time varies from person to person and is dependent on many factors. The density and coarseness of the hair, as well as the total area to be treated, are very important. How well you tolerate treatments and the consistency of the treatments affect the overall success. The cause of the unwanted hair and the temporary methods of dealing with the hair in the past are also involved in the treatment time. Treatments will be more frequent in the beginning and less frequent later on. The overall results, permanent, hair-free skin, are usually well worth the time spent.

How clean is it?

It is "exceptionally clean" at . Not only does Margie meet state and American Medical Association Standards... she exceeds them! Margie uses sterile single use disposable probes; Dry heat sterilizer; Sterilized tweezers; Disinfecting boat; Surgical gloves; and she practices frequent hand washing!

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