Frequently Asked Questions

Does Electrolysis Remove Hair Permanently?

When performed correctly, hair removal through electrolysis is permanent.  That's why it's important to carefully select your electrologist.

Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that is considered by the FDA and the American Medical Association to be permanent.

Electrolysis consists of inserting a probe of the same diameter into each active hair follicle and applying either energy, heat or the combination of the two to treat the follicle and remove your unwanted hair.

Because each follicle is treated separately, electrolysis can target very specific areas to ensure you keep the hair you want and get rid of the hair you don't want!

Electrolysis vs. Laser Hair Removal

  • Electrolysis is ideal when treating very specific areas such as eyebrows, ears, chin, etc.  Laser can treat very large areas quicker.
  • Electrolysis is effective on all skin tones and hair types.  Laser is not effective on grey or light colored hair. or hair that is similar in color to a person's skin tone.
  • Electrolysis is less traumatic to the skin than typicl laser treatments.

My Treatment

You will benefit from my knowledge of the most updated information regarding hair growth, issues and treatment.

I utilize the latest technology in epilation equipment to maximize the results and minimize discomfort.

My private suite provides a spa-like environment for a relaxing experience

How many treatments will it take?

It's different for each person based on your ethnic propensity for hair growth, the treatments you've previously used and whether your hair is in an area that it impacted by hormones.

Also, certain medications and some health conditions can impact both the growth of hair and the timeframe in removing your unwanted hair.

Hair grows in 3 stages.  The first phase, anagen, is the growth phase and that's the most effective time to treata follicle.  In the other 2 phases, catagen and telogen, the hair is spearating or has separated from the blood supply and may require additional treatments.

Therefore, hair removal, by whatever method you choose, varies by person and location on the body.

Before your visit

  • HYDRATE.  Starting 48 hours prior to your visit, maximize your water intake and limit your caffeine intake.  This will increase the effectiveness of your treatment and is a BIG factor in minimizing your discomfort.  I can explain it in more scientific terms if you like!
  • If you EXFOLIATE the area to be treated a day prior to your visit, that will allow us to work quicker and more effectively!
  • Remove makeup from the area to be treated.  Sunscreen and other skincare products can be left on.
  • Medications can impact your treatment.  Make sure to mention any new medications you take.
  • Each person has their own pain threshhold.  Numbing creams are sold over-the-counter at pharmacies and drugstores.  You can put a numbing cream on prior to coming in to your visit.  Make sure to follow the manufacturers instructions and warnings for the cream you purchase.

After your visit

The main thing is to "be especially nice to your skin after your electrolysis visit".

Each follicle that I treated is tiny wound and it needs some healing time.  Some people experience redness and minor swelling.  A cold compress can help with any swelling.

A little crust or scab may appear at a follicle and this is normal.

For the next 48 hours, try to stay out of direct sun and wear a high quality sunscreen.

Drink lots of water.

If you wear makeup, try to limit it as much as possible for 48 hours.

Do use a moisturizer, aloe vera, witch hazel, etc.  Using a triple antibiotic cream (such as bacitracin) often helps.

Stay away from exfoliants or using acidic cleaners on the treated area for a minimum of 48 hours.