Electrolysis is the only option for permanent hair removal. In fact, it is the ONLY permanent hair removal method recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)! If you are ready to have the skin of your dreams, electrolysis could be the right solution. To help make your decision in moving forward with an initial consultation, start learning as much as you can about this innovative technology.
Continue reading to review some of the most frequently asked questions about electrolysis, including where to go for the best results.
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the process of using heat or chemical energy to permanently remove unwanted body hair by destroying the central growth cells of hair follicles. A specialized electrology medical device called an IB probe is inserted into an individual hair follicle, sending an electrical current straight to the root of the hair. This electrical current cauterizes the papilla, thus hindering the follicle’s ability to produce more hair.
What is the Difference Between Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal?
Electrolysis is entirely different from laser hair removal. You see, as mentioned above, electrolysis is a non-medical procedures that uses heat or chemical energy to actually kill the growth cells of hair follicles. Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) that converts to heat, thus damaging the tube-shaped sacs within hair follicles. Laser hair removal is not permanent; it simply delays hair growth for a long time.
Is Electrolysis Painful?
The extent of pain or discomfort a client experiences will depend on several factors, primarily personal pain tolerance. Although it is no day at the spa, the treatment process is usually no more painful than tweezing or waxing. In fact, many clients claim that tweezing and waxing are more painful than electrolysis! And with all the modern technological advancements made to electrology machines and equipment, the process is now much less painful than it was in the past.
Additional factors that may increase pain or discomfort during electrolysis treatments include sun-burnt skin, allergic reactions to something eaten or applied to the skin, medications, and more. For those who are not very pain-tolerant, your Indianapolis Electrologist can apply a topical anesthetic to reduce sensitivity.
Which Areas Can Be Treated With Electrolysis?
Most areas that grow hair are treatable with electrolysis. This includes upper lip, eyebrows, chin, cheeks, forehead, side burns, arms, under arms, hands, bikini line, legs, feet, back, shoulders, abdomen, breasts, and more. Electrolysis hair removal may be performed on most skin moles, so long as licensing regulations permit the procedure. Your C.P.E. may require written approval from your doctor.
How Much Does Electrolysis Cost?
Like any permanent cosmetic procedure, electrolysis is high-priced, but still quite affordable. The total cost will depend on several factors, such as the skin type, hair type, amount of hair being removed, and the number of treatments needed to achieve full results. So keep in mind that the total cost for electrolysis will differ among clients. You can expect an average single treatment to cost between $50 and $100 per hour, or $10 to $15 per 100 hair follicles treated. To know for sure, simply consult a Certified Professional Electrologist (C.P.E.) to receive a tailored quote.
How Many Electrolysis Treatments Will I Need?
The total number of treatments mostly depends on your hair type and the amount of hair you wish to have removed, so the amount of sessions will differ from client to client. But really, the total number of electrolysis treatments you will require for permanent hair removal is virtually impossible to know until the process begins. Electrolysis can take anywhere from 1 to 4 years on average; longer for facial hair removal. Most clients come in on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and sessions generally last between 15 and 60 minutes.
Am I a Good Candidate for Electrolysis?
Again, you cannot know if electrolysis is a good fit for you until you have your initial consultation with a licensed and certified Indianapolis Certified Professional Electrologist (C.P.E.). They can give you a personalized quote and even give you advice on alternative options for hair removal.