. . . serving VA & NC since 1985
I know you would like your hair permanently gone as quickly as possible, so, here are a few questions and answers to help you understand. In your consultation, I will explain the process to you thoroughly, and you can ask as many questions as you like. I know it is important that you make an informed decision regarding treatment. As a team we will work together to reach your goal and will achieve permanent hair removal.
What is the history of Electrolysis?
In 1875, a St. Louis eye surgeon, Dr. Charles Michel, brought us an alternative. During his work to relieve his patients of the problem of ingrown eyelashes, he discovered by using an electrical phenomenon called electrolysis, he was not only able to remove the offending hair but it did not grow back
How does it work?
The only way to prevent hair growth, is to eliminate the source of nourishment to the Papilla. This is done by direct contact to the route of the hair. After inserting a hair-fine disposable probe (usually thinner than the hair being treated) into the follicle and directing it to the base of the hair, energy is applied, which separates the nerve and blood supply from the Papilla, and prevents further growth.
What causes excessive hair growth?
If you are embarrassed by unwanted hair, you are not alone. As many as 90% of all men and women may be affected to some degree. Any one (or a combination) of factors can cause, or add to unwanted hair growth. Althought the 'imbalance' might be temporary, the excess growth may continue after balance is restored.
Are you tweezing or waxing your hairs?
Please stop now! This temporary measure not only will thicken and strengthen the hairs, but also will distort the hair follicles making permanent hair removal more difficult later on. And, it can cause hairs in adjacent follicles to grow faster, as well as the original hairs to return stronger and coarser. The Hair follicles are best treated when the hair is in the early growing stage. As time goes on, treatments will diminish along with your hair.
What about shaving?
Shaving is by far the most common and the safest of all of the temporary hair removal methods. But, is also the most repetitive and short term. Contrary to what you may have heard, shaving is totally acceptable and does not stimulate the hair follicle. Shaving merely blunts off the fine little tip that every new hair grows in with. The hair continues to grow and so the next day you feel the full shaft of the hair. You have done nothing at the root end to strengthen the hair (unlike tweezing, threading and waxing).
What about bleaching?
Bleaching is used to lighten the hairs, but actually causes each hair to expand and making the hair growth to appear even thicker and more noticeable
What about home electrolysis devices?
They are expensive, and in the hands of an unskilled, can actually cause more harm than good.
What about chemical depilatories?
They are foul smelly, messy and harsh on the skin, while only providing short term relief from the problem. It can also cause discoloration of the skin.
How long will it take?
The hair you see is not all the hair you have. Hair grows in cycles, different stages: growing, shedding and resting, and varies on each individual and location of the hair on the body. Climate also influences the growth rate, with hair growing more rapidly in the summer than winter.
At any one time only about 80% of a person's entire hair growth is visible, therefore, it may take several months or longer before all the hairs in the given area can be treated...multiple sessions are needed to be most effective to permanently clear an area.
What areas can be treated?
Electrolysis works on all skin and hair types, both men and women. It can be applied to most facial and body parts:
Face: Chin, upper lip, cheeks, nose, brows, ears, back of neck, beard
Body: Chest, back, shoulders, breasts/nipples, buttocks, bikini, underarms, arms, legs, fingers, toes
**Written authorization from a medical doctor/physician is necessary BEFORE any electrolysis treatments can be done to remove hair from a mole or birthmark**
What does it feel like?
In most cases, electrolysis actually does not cause much discomfort. The insertion into the follicle itself goes unnoticed, and the current used to perform the actual electrolysis lasts only fractions of a second. Most clients describe it as a warm pinch-like sensation. A topical anesthetic cream may be used in some cases. A pain reliever (Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, etc...) can be taken 30 mins prior to treatments to help with any discomfort if necessary.
What should I expect after my treatment?
Most clients experience slight redness and puffiness within the treated area, which disappears 1-2 hours after treatment. An ice pack may be applied in necessary. Occasionally, a tiny pin-point scab may appear. Do not pick or scratch them off, allow them to fall off on their own. Picking or scratching can cause scarring. An after care instructions sheet will be given to each client to take home.
What is the average cost of electrolysis?
Estimating the time and cost of electrolysis is something most electrologists stay away from, due to the fact that every single client is different. How often you need to come in, and how long your treatments will be, depends on the density, coarseness, and previous methods of hair removal. During your consultation, your situation will be evaluated and appointments will be set up accordingly. The more time you put in up front, the quicker you will be hair-free. If you are going through a tough financial time we can adjust your schedule to fit, it will just take longer to complete your treatment. Consistency is the most important factor in electrolysis. Usually you are set up on a weekly schedule, and then go down to every other week, and so on...
A 15 Minute Treatment - $20
A 30 Minute Treatment - $37
A 45 Minute Treatment - $52
A 60 Minute Treatment - $65
What about laser treatment?
They often advertise that it is permanent, which is FALSE advertisement. Laser is considered by the FDA to be hair REDUCTION. It cannot at this time completely destroy the follicle. It only cripples the follicle, allowing for a period of decreased growth, thus reducing its size and thickness. Laser hair removal cannot treat fine, blond, red or gray hair, and will not be effective therefore electrolysis is the only permanent option. However, laser hair removal is a great when treating large areas such as legs and back, and finishing the process with electrolysis. Again, the only permanent hair removal, as stated by the FDA, is electrolysis.
Do electric tweezers work?
No. Hair is not a conductor of electricity, therefor the electric current cannot travel down the hair shaft to the root of the hair and destroy the Papilla. In August of 1987, the FTC News reports that claims of 'permanent hair removal' by the makers/manufacturers of these devises are false and unsubstantiated, and are inhibited on making such claims in the future.