Electrolysis - How Does It Work?

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.

Electrolysis Pre & Post Care

Before Your Treatment

The Importance of Skin Care

  • Clean skin reduces the risk of irritation.
  • Lotions, oils, deodorants and/or make-up should be avoided on treatment day.
  • Avoid using chemical exfoliants while being treated for electrolysis. 


  • Avoid ingesting caffeine or other stimulants before your appointment.
  • Allow yourself time to relax prior to your appointment.

Additional Preparation Tips

  • Stay well hydrated.
  • Consider taking your favorite pain reliever an hour before your appointment. Ask your doctor if this is right for you. 
  • Topical anesthetics are available for more sensitive areas. 

Topics of Medical Concern

  • For those susceptible to cold sores, or herpes simplex infections, a reactivation may occur following treatment. Consult your doctor for anti-viral medication prior to treatment.
  • If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant we require a letter from your doctor.
  • For your safety we also require a doctor's letter to extract hair from moles.

After Your Appointment

What to Expect - Normal Reactions

  • Redness and slight swelling usually disappears after an hour or two, but can last longer. You may apply ice wrapped in plastic to the treated area. 
  • If a tiny scab appears. Do not touch, rub, scratch or squeeze the treated area.
  • If a millia or whitehead appears. Apply a dab of calamine lotion to the area and the fluid will dry up. 

What to Avoid - The First 24 Hours

  • Avoid ointments or creams. 
  • No deodorant/antiperspirant.
  • Do not apply make-up.
  • If work was done on the face, neck or hairline, use a fresh pillowcase.
  • Avoid working out.

Further Precautions

  • Avoid exposure to the sun or tanning beds for at least two days. If you must be out in the sun, wear sun block of at least SPF30 and reapply frequently.
  • Wait three to five days before using hot tubs, saunas or pools.

Recommended Skincare

  • Blot lightly with an antiseptic such as Bactine or Witch Hazel.
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel or medicated greaseless product (Neosporin Cream).

Standards of Sterlization

 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. 

Medical History

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.



Why is Electrolysis is a Superior Method of Hair Removal?

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.   

What are the Causes of Excess Hair Growth?

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. 

What is the Duration of Treatment?

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:

  • Eyebrows: 2 to 5 hours
  • Upper Lip: 1 to 3 hours
  • Sideburns: 1 to 4 hours
  • Chin: 1 to 5 hours
  • Underarms: 6 to 10 hours
  • Bikini Lines: 3 to 8 hours

Considerations in determining how many treatments are needed:

  • Cause of hair growth
  • Location, volume & texture of hair
  • Age of client
  • Temporary methods utilized
  • Skin reaction

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.

Is Electrolysis for Everyone?

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.

What are Treatable Areas of the Body?

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. 

What is Wrong with Temporary Methods of Hair Removal?

Tweezing, waxing/sugaring, mechanical plucking, bleaching, shaving, depilatories, electronic tweezers and laser can cause the following problems:

  • frustration as they are never ending.
  • can at times stimulate growth and aggravate the problem.
  • can cause ingrown and infected hairs.
  • can be irritating to the skin.

Is There Damage to the Skin?

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.

How was Electrolysis Invented?

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.

What are the Modalities of Treatment?

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.

What Influences Treatment Sensation?

  • Fluid retention
  • Sodium
  • Premenstrual Syndrom
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Exposure to sun
  • Stimulants (coffee, tea, cola, diet pills)
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Inability to relax

Are there any contraindications for electrolysis?