How It Works
Electrolysis (sometimes known as electrology) is a method of hair removal that can permanently get rid of hair and involves inserting a very fine sterilized probe or needle into the hair follicles in the area of skin that needs to be treated and a small electrical jolt is administered to destroy the hair growth cells. Each hair is treated individually and then removed with tweezers. There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis and a blend of the two.
Hair grows in three stages: growing, resting and shedding. As hairs can only be targeted during the growing stage and since individual hairs are in different phases of the cycle at any given time, multiple electrolysis sessions is needed to achieve the best possible results. Hairs that are thicker and have been waxed or tweezed before may need more treatments than hairs that have never been tampered with. Usually treatments would be carried out once a week or every other week and hairs grow back finer after each treatment eventually leading to permanent removal of the hairs.
Electrolysis is recognized as the only medically approved form of permanent hair removal and can lead to permanence more than 90 percent of the time. It produces the best results, more than any other method of permanently reducing hair.
It is extremely effective for all skin and hair types because it doesn’t target hair pigment like laser but attacks the follicle itself.
It is suitable for all areas of the body and face except for in the nasal cavities and inner ears.
Electrolysis can be painful and uncomfortable depending on the area being treated, previous methods of hair removal used in the area and hair and skin type. In most cases, it doesn’t cause too much discomfort and may feel like a slight pricking or tingling sensation with some mild warming or heat. A topical anaesthetic cream may be used in some cases to numb the area being treated.
If you have had waxing or tweezing done previously, this could have resulted in some hair follicles being bent which makes electrolysis harder as it is more difficult to get the needle to the root in order to destroy the follicle.
After treatments there may be some slight reddening of the skin and a little swelling but this is temporary and will usually disappear by the next day depending on the skin sensitivity and skin type. Some people may see tiny pinprick scabs especially where hairs are ingrown or misshapen but these scabs usually drop off within a week. Discoloration of the skin and scarring can sometimes occur too but this usually only happens if the treatment is improperly done so it is important to do your research and find a reputable electrologist.
Electrolysis is time consuming as multiple lengthy sessions (anywhere from 15 – 30 sessions) are needed for each area and it can be expensive as you will need a qualified electrologist to perform the treatments.