// Electrolysis - Permanent Hair Removal

THE ONLY FDA RECOMMENDED AND APPROVED SOLUTION

ELECTROLYSIS

Electrolysis has been around since 1875 and is the only FDA recommended and approved Permanent Hair Removal Procedure. Medical electrolysis devices destroy hair growth with a shortwave radio frequency after a thin probe is placed in the hair follicle.

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The ONLY Permanent Solution

While both Laser and Electrolysis are extremely efficient methods for getting rid of unwanted hair, electrolysis is the only FDA approved & recommended method, as each and every hair follicle is eradicated, 100% guaranteeing it'll never grow hair again.

It Requires Time & Patience

Laser is a much faster solution, however, if you want 100% permanent results - only electrolysis can achieve this. It does, however, take time and patience. Depending on circumstances, it can even take a year or more, but we'll estimate this for you beforehand.

Great for Most Areas

Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, abdomen, thighs, breasts, and legs. There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.

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HOW DOES ELECTROLYSIS WORK?

Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair (the hair follicle) with chemical or heat energy (or combination of both). After a very fine (single-use, sterile, disposable) probe is inserted into the hair follicle, small electric current will generate heat and terminate it. The hair is then removed with tweezers. Unlike laser treatments, electrolysis attacks the hair follicle from the inside, destroying the hair growth cells in and surrounding the follicle. As a result, the follicle’s ability to regenerate the hair is permanently eliminated.

Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, abdomen, thighs, breasts, and legs. There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.

WHAT CAUSES UNWANTED HAIR GROWTH?

Hair growth is the result of heredity and hormone levels. Also, some medications, stress, temporary methods of hair removal, and certain conditions (ovary, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal glands) can stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis may be an option when hair growth is in an area of the body where it may not be desired such as on a woman’s upper lip, chin, or bikini line. Electrolysis does not treat or cure the causes of excess hair growth, but it effectively and safely treats the result of these causes (the hair itself).

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?

Many factors influence hair growth and its cycles, so most people will need to return for several visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. Most clients return once a week or every other week as needed, however, the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments is complete. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour. During your free consultation Sali and Emiliya will design a specific treatment plan just for you.

HOW LONG ARE THE TREATMENTS?

Each hair must be treated individually, therefor, the length of treatment depends entirely on the area to be cleared, hair type, size, location and density of growth. On the face, certain sensitive areas (lip area and eyebrows) may be limited to a one half hour session depending on the skin type.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO REMOVE HAIR?

Electrolysis is most effective when hair is treated in the growing stage (when it first emerges). Regularly scheduled appointments will ensure that the emerging hair is treated as they appear. Initially, appointments are weekly or biweekly, and may last 15-60 minutes or longer. As progress is made, appointments become less frequent. Towards the end of the treatments, you should expect to come just once every 2 – 3 months to complete the area.

WILL THE REMOVED HAIR COME BACK?

Electrolysis is permanent. Once the hair follicle is taken care of, no new hair can grow out of it. A few years after treating an area fully, some new hair follicles can prop up. Our body does generate new follicles, however, a maintenance visit (even at 15-30 minutes once every 3-4 months) will keep the new growth at bay.

IS ELECTROLYSIS SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?

While AEA (American Electrology Association) has specific guidelines and advises that no Electrolysis should be performed on the abdomen or breasts during pregnancy – coming from a mommy of 2 – you should probably wait until the little one is born. That excess hair is most likely caused by higher levels of hormones during pregnancy and it usually goes away on its own after you have the baby.

If in doubt, ask your doctor and your dermatologist. We will need a letter from them before proceeding.

IS ELECTROLYSIS PAINFUL?

In most cases, electrolysis actually does not cause much discomfort. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced the discomfort to a mere tingling. A topical anesthetic cream may be used in some cases.

IS ELECTROLYSIS EXPENSIVE?

Not any more. Specialization and development of new equipment has brought the cost of this one-time “luxury” down to almost anyone’s means. Electrolysis is perhaps the least expensive cosmetic service you will ever employ… particularly in view of its permanent improvement. Check out Our Prices.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE FOR ELECTROLYSIS?

We use the exceedingly versatile and comfortable Clearblend Elegance line of epilator machines, surgical loupes, gold disposable probes, and sterilize all necessary instruments as per the Ohio Medical Board guidelines.

THINGS TO KNOW AND DO

BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT

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Do not try to remove any hair before and in between your appointments (no tweezing or waxing).

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While shaving is acceptable, do note that your hair must be in the “new growth” stage for electrolysis to be applied (i.e. it needs to be at least 1/16″ or longer in order to be treated).

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Avoid any sun exposure prior to your appointment (2 days is recommended).

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If your doctor allows, you may take ibuprofen before an appointment since it will help with any inflammation that may occur from the treatment.

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Caffeine causes dehydration and may make you more tense, therefore, if possible, avoid any coffee before your treatment.

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Drink plenty of water before your appointment. Being extra hydrated will help in the treatment since well Hydrated skin has plenty of moisture (water) and is a lot more conductive.

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Try to be as relaxed as be as stress-free as possible.

THINGS TO KNOW AND DO

AFTER YOUR TREATMENT

Electrolysis after-care is very important!
Protect the treated area from harmful bacteria, avoid oil-based creams, stay hydrated and rest.

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While treated area will be sanitized to prevent infection to the open follicles (which can take 24-48 hours to close) please avoid touching the area as much as possible.

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Slight redness and minor swelling are quite normal. You may apply ice or chilled 100% Aloe Vera gel to the area to help calm the skin.

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Fresh makeup should be applied only 24 hours following the treatment, but use extra caution and clean applicator to minimize chance of infection.

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Stay out of sun and heat, and avoid excessive sweating for at least 2 days following your treatment (no sunbathing or tanning, please).

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Do not use deodorant for at 24 hours on an electrolysis treated underarm area.

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Remember, you should not tweeze, wax or use a depilatory once your electrolysis treatments have begun.

THINGS TO KNOW AND DO

WHILE AT HOME

Personal skin care should plays a very important role in our lives, especially after Cosmetic Therapy treatments.

For at least 3 days after any treatment, you should be cleaning the affected area with a mild cleanser. First, apply an antiseptic (we prefer 100% natural Witch Hazel we use at the Studio), but you may also use hydrogen peroxide, etc.). Then, follow with a gentle moisturizer – Aloe Vera, CeraVe, Aquaphor, or Vaseline).

Applying ointments to the area moisturizes the skin and helps prevent scabs (red pin-point looking dots) from forming.

Lastly – drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Dehydrated skin lacks moisture (water) and is less conductive. Dry skin lacks oil (sebum) will take longer to heal and will be more prone to scabbing.

NORMAL SIDE EFFECTS

HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECT

Pinpoint Scabs

Occasionally, small scabs may form 2-3 days after an appointment. This is perfectly normal, especially on the lower areas of the body. It is, however, very important not to pick them. They will fall off naturally and help the skin heal in a natural way.

Redness / Swelling

Depending on the amount of current needed to remove your individual texture of hair, and your body’s reaction to treatment, some redness/swelling is quite expected and normal. It is temporary and will usually disappear a short time after your treatment. Applying ice or cold compress to the affected area will reduce the swelling faster.

Bruising

If a small capillary gets punctured by a probe during the treatment, a small bruise may appear. It will go away as fast as any other small bruise would.

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