Electrolysis hair removal
During electrolysis, a hair-thin metal probe is slid into a hair follicle and an electrical pulse is sent through the needle. (Proper insertion does not puncture the skin.) If this particular hair follicle is in the active growth stage at the time of treatment, it will probably not grow again.
There are three basic types of electrolysis hair removal:
- Galvanic - An electro-chemical current produces a bit of lye (Galvanic electrolysis works by causing salt and water in the skin around the probe to be chemically altered to produce a small amount of sodium hydroxide, or lye, which is the active ingredient in some crystal drain openers. If enough lye is produced, it can damage the cells that cause hair growth.)
- Thermolysis - A heat current is produced by and a radio wave (works by causing water molecules in the skin around the probe to vibrate, which creates heat, and if enough heat is produced, it can damage the cells that cause hair growth.)
- Blend - An electro-chemical reaction is produced more quickly by a combination of the above methods.
There are some common side effects of electrolysis: pain during procedure (depends on the coarseness of the hair being removed, the sensitivity of the area), redness, swelling.
Because hair grows in three different stages, multiple session are necessary to experience permanent and effective hair removal.
Is Electrolysis Permanent?
Electrolysis is still the only procedure recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (USA) that is effective for permanent hair removal. The procedure works on any skin or hair type and when performed safely, results in no negative side effects.
Who is the Perfect Candidate?
While electrolysis has the best track record for permanent hair removal for all skin types and all types of hairs and from all sites but, if hair follicles are oddly shaped or bent from previous waxing or tweezing, the electrolysis needle may not be able to completely destroy the root.
What are the Results of Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a permanent method of hair removal; results will vary according to several factors.
What are the Pros and Cons?
The following is a list consisting of pros and cons to consider:
• Permanent hair loss/reduction
• No more shaving
• No more waxing
• No more depilatory kits
• No more tweezing
• No more plucking
• Can be used on all types and colors of skin
• Painful (varies from person to person according to threshold)
• Can produce scarring
Are There Any Side Effects?
People who undergo electrolysis for permanent hair removal can experience the following side effects:
• Tiny blisters or scabs
• Ingrown hairs
• Folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle)
• Skin discoloration
• Permanent scarring
The FDA and electrolysis
The FDA does not allow for marketing of services or products that boast a claim of 100% permanent hair loss by lasers, though, lasers can remove approximately 90% of hair, while there is a deficit of 10% left over. The only method that can be considered permanent is electrolysis, because the procedure works on each and every individual hair follicle. Therefore, it is effective to assert that each follicle exposed to the electrical current of an electrolysis needle will experience permanent hair loss.
Electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal which offers effective results with a minimal risk of adverse side effects. The procedure is a great alternative for women who do not want to spend the time, energy and resources required by other methods of hair removal which can be inconvenient and costly over the course of a lifetime.