Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal, as opposed to hair reduction. Unwanted excess hair can be frustrating or downright debilitating. Electrolysis aims at removing these unwanted hairs to enable you further freedom and confidence in your body.
Electrolysis differs from other hair removal methods in that it tackles each hair on an individual basis. Though this is a longer and more delicate method, its thoroughness is what enables permanent hair removal. Electrolysis works by sending a current from a metal probe down each individual hair, a combination of this electrical current and a chemical reaction kills it at its root, thereby stopping any regrowth.
The benefits of electrolysis include:
- Permanent hair removal – no settling for hair reduction
- Effective on all hair colours – even grey and blond
- Suitable for all skin types
Skin and hair type do not in any way influence electrolysis treatment, this is because electrolysis tackles each hair individually by sending a current directly into the root. With laser or IPL, the skin and hair colour must be sufficiently dissimilar to enable differentiation by the machine and is why those treatments do not work on lighter coloured hair, such a white-blond and grey.
Be aware that in the days and weeks following a treatment the dead hair will seem to grow, this is because it needs to come through the skin to be shed. As more and more hairs stop re-growing, you will see this phenomenon less and less until there are no hairs left at all.
Side effects of electrolysis are very uncommon, but immediately following the treatment the area may be red, sore and bumpy. This should reside within a few hours to a couple of days.
Hair grows in a cycle of three parts, for treatment to successfully remove a hair it must be in the anagen phase (growing). For this reason, multiple treatments are required to catch each hair in the anagen phase, and therefore permanently remove all hair from the treatment area.