Does electrolysis hurt?

The treatment sensation is compared to a sting - since a split second of current is applied to the follicle.   Many clients become so relaxed they fall asleep.  If you are concerned or skeptical, please don't worry - Barbara has a topical that can desensitize the treatment area, although very few of Barbara's clients ever need this product.  Barbara's new Platinum Plus epilator is state-of-the-art in electrolysis equipment.  The 27 mHz device allows for a new pulsing technology that is reported to reduce electrolysis sensation by nearly 90%.  See MedicineNet to see what their MYTHS ABOUT ELECTROLYSIS says.

Can electrology treatments damage my skin?

Before epilators utilized computers and before such extensive knowledge of the action of electrology treatments in the hair follicle was available, skin damage might have been a common occurrence.  The electrologist's skills will be a factor in your skin condition during and after your treatments.  It is very important that you take care of your skin after the treatment, as most problems result from improper aftercare. 

How will my skin look after an electrology treatment? 

Immediately after a treatment, the treated follicles will sometimes be red and puffy, much like a mosquito bite.  This usually subsides within a few hours.  Occasionally, there will be some tiny pinpoint scabs at the site of each follicle.  This is usually seen on body areas and very rarely seen on the face. Read about the side effects of electrolysis here.  

Is electrolysis expensive?

Cost is relative to the number of hairs to be removed.  Small areas will take less time, thus cost less than larger areas.  If treatments are irregularly scheduled, the completion is delayed accordingly, resulting in more cost overall. 

How many treatments will I need?  How long does it take?

Factors that determine the number and length of your treatments include the number of hairs in the area to be treated, the specific area to be treated and the previous methods used to remove hair.  Frequent shaving or tweezing means more frequent appointments, but as the permanent removal progresses, the length of treatments and the appointment schedule lessens.  In addition, the cause of your hair growth is a factor in how many treatments you will need.  Following the recommended treatment schedule will help you reach your goals in the shortest time.  Generally, it will take at least 18 to 24 months of consistent treatment to complete. As your treatments progress the length of time needed becomes shorter and the time between treatments will be longer.  If there are hormonal issues, women may require infrequent clean-up of newly growing hairs throughout their life.  

What caused this hair to grow? 

Heredity, hormones, medications and stages of life are factors in excess hair growth. 

How do I prepare for an electrology treatment?

Hair needs to be emerging from the skin so that Barbara can treat it.  Once treatments have begun, all tweezing, threading, waxing and picking must stop.  Hairs can be shaved or clipped between treatments. Click here to see what Barbara asks her clients to do before beginning electrolysis permanent hair removal treatments

What if I think this treatment is not working?

Communication is very important.  If you think the treatments are not working, talk to Barbara.  She will make recommendations for a treatment plan at your first appointment.  Following that plan will help you complete treatments in the quickest manner.  The hair did not grow in overnight, and it can't be all gone overnight.  If Barbara believes that the treatments are not going as they should, she will refer you to a physician for further evaluation.  Electrolysis is the ONLY method that is permanent for all colors of hair and skin.  Barbara is committed to providing the best treatments available for her clients.

Other hair removal methods.

Tweezing, threading and waxing are temporary methods that can result in skin problems and worsening of the hair.  When the hair is repeatedly ripped out of the skin with tweezing, threading or waxing, it can become larger in diameter over time, which can make electrolysis take longer.   

Laser hair removal and IPL can be good for reducing the hair in large areas, but the skin and hair conditions must be perfect for the specific method chosen.  Laser and IPL will not remove light colored hairs, and neither one are good for scattered hairs, nor are they safe for eyebrows. Some people experience paradoxial hypertrichosis after these treatments.  As much as my colleagues have done to get Oprah to talk about electrolysis, it hasn't happened yet.  Click here to see what the Oprah website says about laser hair removal.

Shaving is best for hiding the hair between treatments.  Shaving does not cause hair to grow in heavier, nor does it make it grow faster.

Additional information from outside sources:

Cleveland Clinic Search ELECTROLYSIS for results.

The Cleveland Clinic also says this about the Treatments & Procedures for electrolysis hair removal:  

Electrolysis also offers these advantages:
  • No significant discomfort
    Electrolysis usually does not cause any discomfort. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced any discomfort to mere tingling.
  • Safe and effective
    There are rarely permanent side effects. Sometimes, a slight reddening of the skin occurs during or immediately after treatment, but will only last for a short time. Electrolysis is very safe and, unlike depilatories or bleaches, no harsh chemicals are used.

Since many factors influence hair growth, several treatment sessions will be necessary. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. Most patients return once a week or every other week, but the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the treatments have been completed. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and 1 hour.

What are the facts about laser hair removal?

Dermatology Times - Electrolysis successful where laser hair removal fails
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