Electrolysis is the only known method of permanent hair removal. This procedure can be very intimidating though, since a needle has to be repeatedly inserted into each hair follicle. Another reason why a lot of people find this procedure intimidating is because of its cost. A treatment averages between $60 and $100 per hour. You will require at least 1 session per week for a period of several months to more than a year. (Considering the growth of hair and area in question).
This procedure works by inserting a needle into the hair shaft and then sending an electrical current to the hair follicle. While the hair itself is dry, the surface that is located directly beneath the skin is wet and contains a lot of minerals. This wet, mineral rich area is where the electrical current is sent. When it reaches this area a chemical reaction occurs and the hair follicle is dissolved in a permanent manner.
Usually you will need to have more than one treatment done because there will be some hair re-growth. This is not the same hair that was there but fresh hair that were resting when the original treatment was done. The reason why this occurs is because hair grows in cycles. So, you are going to need 3 to 4 months of treatments before all hair growth will stop. Each of these treatments should result in a noticeable 20% reduction in hair growth. Here are some estimated times that it will take to remove hair from each part of your body:
- Upper Lip 4-10 hours
- Chin: 2-12 hours
- Sideburns: 4-8 hours
- Eyebrows: 3-8 hours
- Underarms: 4-12
- Arms: 5-10 hours
- Bikini Line: 8-16 hours
While electrolysis is a highly effective procedure, it does have some drawbacks, including:
- Repeatedly inserting a needle into the skin can be quite painful. However, this depends upon your level of sensitivity. While some people say that this procedure is similar to using tweezers, others say that it is extremely painful. Your electrolysis technician will be able to tell you ways in which you can minimize this discomfort though.
- You need to find a highly skilled technician to perform your treatments.
- Due to the use of needles, there is an increased chance of infection. However, a new needle should be used so that no 2 patients ever use the same needle.
- You will have little red spots, swelling, dryness and scabs temporarily appearing around the treated area after you undergo a treatment.
- If you do not have your procedure done by a professional, then you will run the risk of having permanent skin damage.
Another thing that you need to be aware of is that while electrolysis is oftentimes viewed as a permanent solution for removing unwanted hair, it is important to understand that there are some cases in which hair will re-grow and thus you will need to return once or twice a year to get these areas cleaned up. Usually this occurs in the underarm, pubic and nipple areas. This is especially true during a woman’s reproductive years.
As with anything, you should make sure that you check your technician’s credentials before beginning treatment. You should remember that it is the only FDA approved permanent hair removal treatment and so far, it has the best track record.
Please Note: This article is here for general information and should not be taken as medical advice. It is advised that you consult your doctor/dermatologist or seek professional help in such cases. Thank you!