There are many different ways to remove unwanted hair from the body. Most are temporary, such as waxing and shaving, whereas others are longer-lasting. Electrolysis falls into the latter category and is backed by the FDA as a permanent solution.
Electrolysis for Hair Removal
What is electrolysis used for in the health & beauty industry?
Hair growth on the body is influenced by genetics and other outside influences. These include certain medications, illnesses, and even the use of certain temporary hair removal methods that while they remove the hair temporarily, actually stimulate further growth. Many people, and women, in particular, would rather not have visible hair in many areas, such as the upper lip, the chin, or around the bikini line.
Those done using photo epilators or electronic tweezers only cause hair loss for a finite amount of time. This is because the follicle does not lose its ability to generate new hair growth. For this reason, many states are banned from marketing photo epilation or electronic tweezers as electrolysis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where on the body can you have electrolysis?
The procedure can be carried out virtually anywhere on the body where there’s unwanted hair growth. Some of the common areas include:
Fingers and toes
How long does an electrolysis session last?
Each session will last anything between 15 minutes to 1 hour. You’ll be advised at your first consultation how long each will take and the estimated number of appointments you’ll need to reach your hair loss goal.
Does DIY electrolysis work?
There are multiple DIY electrolysis products on the market. However, it’s important to note that many of these are not needle electrolysis—instead, they utilize electronic tweezers or photo epilators that do not bring about permanent hair removal.
Successful electrolysis is a skilled and laborious process. Each hair has to be individually treated, meaning that even the smallest of areas takes time to complete. Carrying out the procedure at home isn’t impossible, but it’s complicated to do correctly and ensure that you don’t cause damage to delicate skin.
Does electrolysis hurt?
Electrolysis is rarely painful. Most people only experience slight discomfort, which can be further alleviated with a mild anesthetic cream before treatment. For up to 24-48 hours after an electrolysis session, you may experience a mild reddening of the area treated, which soon subsides.
How many treatments are needed?
Every person’s hair removal needs are different, therefore it’s hard to give a generalized answer as to how many electrolysis treatments will be needed. The number will be dependent on:
The area of the body that’s being treated
The thickness/coarseness of the hairs to be removed
Whatever the case, multiple treatments will be needed. These are carried out either weekly or bi-weekly. Once the areas of hair have been eradicated, no further treatments or maintenance is needed as the process leads to permanent hair removal.