If you are interesting in learning about your personalized options for permanent hair removal, the best course of action is to consult with a licensed electrology professional for adept information you can trust. Most initial appointments are free of charge, and discuss all of your questions and concerns regarding your hair removal goals. But if you really want to get the most from your appointment, it helps to learn some of the common terms used in the electrolysis field.
Continue reading to review some of the basic terminology you might come across at your first electrology consultation.
Here are some central electrology terms to know before your initial appointment:
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.
Laser Hair Removal ⚋ Laser hair removal is different from electrolysis in that it is a method of hair removal that uses pulses of laser light to destroy hair follicles, rather than chemical energy or heat.
Permanent Hair Removal ⚋ Permanent hair removal refers to the process of eliminating hair overtime, until it is gone forever.
IB Probe ⚋ 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.
Follicle ⚋ A hair follicle is the tiny opening in the epidermis and corium of the skin where hair grows.
Papilla ⚋ In terms of hair, a papilla is a vascular process of connective tissue that extends into and nourishing the root of a hair.
Hair Root ⚋ The hair root is the part of the strand of hair that is implanted in the hair follicle.
American Medical Association (AMA) ⚋ The American Medical Association (AMA) is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the country. Their mission statement is “to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.”
Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ⚋ The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices.
✨ Both the AMA and the FDA recognizes electrolysis as the ONLY permanent hair removal method in the United States.
American Electrology Association’s (AEA) Infection Prevention Standards ⚋ The AEA’s Infection Prevention Standards are standards set based on scientific studies and applied observation for the purpose of protecting both practitioners and the public.
Certified Professional Electrologist (C.P.E.) ⚋ A Certified Professional Electrologist (C.P.E.) is a professionally-licensed technician who have met the state licensing requirements that govern the practice of permanent hair removal, and is authorized by the state to offer and administer electrology services.