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A sterile probe is gently inserted into the hair follicle along side of the hair. A measured amount of energy is then released via the probe into the follice to eliminate the source of growth.
Because this is a natural opening of the skin, the insertion of the probe into the follicle is not felt by the client. What the client may actually feel is the application of the current.
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What to Expect - Normal Reactions
What to Avoid - The First 24 Hours
Our office adheres to the recommended national standards for sterilization procedures in electrology offices established by the American Electrology Association in conjunction with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We use sterile forceps, pre-sterilized, single-use, disposable probes disposable examination gloves, dry heat sterilizer, fresh table paper or new sheets with each client and rigid sanitation methods before each client.
Our probes are single-use, individually wrapped, pre-sterlized. They are immediately disposed of into a special Sharps Hazardous Materials Container after each client.
During the initial assessment for electrolysis hair removal clients are asked to fill out a questionnaire about their health status and medication prescriptions. Since electrolysis affects the skin, clinicians must know about any medical conditions before the start of treatment.
Some contraindications are related to diabetes, pregnancy, and medications being taken (which can stimulate hair growth) to name a few. If you have questions please contact us and also speak to your medical doctor.
Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal recognized as permanent by the FDA. It is considered as such because it destroys the hair follicle and works from the inside whereas all temporary methods of hair removal including laser work from the outside. Electrolysis is more versatile and typically causes fewer adverse reactions.
Ethnicity, heredity, normal biological changes, endocrine dysfunctions (i.e. PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in women), medications, temporary methods of removal, stress, and excess weight.
The cause of hair growth has a direct effect on the results the individual can expect to achieve.
Electrolysis is a commitment you make to yourself for yourself. It requires a series of appointments over a period of time. Multiple treatments are required as we have to work with your hair growth cycle periods and other factors. Most clients see a difference after a few treatments. The overall length of time depends on each individual according to frequency of treatments, length of time for each individual treatment, hormonal factors (pregnancy, menopause, PCOS, stress) and medications being taken.
An example of how fast typically treated areas can achieve an initial clearing:
Considerations in determining how many treatments are needed:
One of the most important elements in achieving successful destruction of the hair follicle is the continuity of treatments. Permanent results are achieved by faithful participation of each client in a planned program that has been tailored to their individual needs.
It is effective for all skin colors and al lhair colors. Any texture of hair can be treated, including very fine hair and heavy, coarse hairs. Men, women, teens can all benefit from treatment.
Clients under the age of 18 require the consent of an adult.
Most areas of the body are treatable on both women and men. The most common areas for women tend to be, eyebrows, upper lip. chin, sideburns, neck, cheeks, chest, areolas, abdomen, bikini line, lower back, legs, toes, feet, hairline, hands, arms, and underarms.
For men, the nape, hairline, areolas, chest, back, beard (low grade folliculitis), glabella (uni-brow), neck, ears, nose, shoulders, arms, hands.
Tweezing, waxing/sugaring, mechanical plucking, bleaching, shaving, depilatories, electronic tweezers and laser can cause the following problems:
Because the upper 1/2 of the follicle is left untreated, the chance of scarring is eliminated. The bulk of the hair follicle destruction is accomplished in the lower 2/3rds of the follicle.
Utilizing an electrified wire to remove ingrown eyelashes in 1875, Dr. Charles E. Michel (an Opthalmologist) established the process of electrolysis for permanent hair removal.
Thermolysis - alternating (oscillating) current uses heat to treat the hair follicle.
Galvanic - direct current causes chemical treatment of follicle cells.
Blend - combination of heat and chemical treatment of hair.