What is Electrolysis? How does the treatment work?

In 1875, Dr. Charles E. Michel, an ophthalmologist in St. Louis, Missouri, developed a technique to remove inverted eyelashes. He used an electric current generated by a battery cell to make permanent hair removal possible. Dr. William Hardaway, a dermatologist and colleague of Dr. Michel, began using the technique on facial hair problems of women. That was the beginning of electrolysis, the only proven and medically recognized method of permanent hair removal.

Normally, electrolysis must be done over a period of regular treatments to be effective. Once the regenerative hair cells have been completely removed, there is no way the hair can grow again. The result is permanent hair removal.

Hair can be removed from any part of the body except inside the ears and nose, and treatments should cause only minor discomfort. An electrologist will ensure a client’s comfort and safety. Filaments disposed of after use.

Can hair be removed permanently?

Yes! Electrolysis has long been recognized and accepted by the medical profession as an effective and safe method of permanent hair removal. Permanent hair removal can only be accomplished by carefully destroying the hair follicle and those cells that are responsible for hair growth. Only a well-trained Electrologist in a professional setting should perform the procedure.

Will more than one treatment be necessary?

Yes. The number of treatments necessary will depend upon several factors including the amount of hair being treated, the growth cycles of the hair, the previous method of hair removal used, heredity, hormone function, and normal physiological changes. Most clients will see results in approximately one year to a year and a half when they follow the recommended treatment schedule. If the client has an underlying medical condition that causes excessive hair growth, it must be addressed by a physician for permanent results to be seen.

Can any area of the body be treated?

Most parts of the body can be treated with the exception of inside the nose and inside the ears. Both men and women have taken advantage of this service and have sound relief from unwanted hair.

What To Expect After Treatment

After electrolysis, your treated skin may temporarily be red, swollen, and tender. You may need additional treatments to permanently remove all unwanted hair. You should notice a loss of unwanted hair in the treated area within several weeks to months after the initial treatment.

What does the treatment feel like?

A good insertion should be painless. The probe should slip in easily. Application of the current may sting slightly. The hair is then gently removed. The skin is not punctured and seldom does a drop of blood appear. You should never feel poked, jabbed, or the hair being tweezed out. Keep in mind that sensitivity levels vary from person to person and some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. Prescription and non-prescription topical anesthetics may be used for those who feel the need.

Who performs the treatment?

Tracy Hons began doing Electrology in 1985. After being certified as an Electrologist, she then became licensed to teach the most effective techniques and methods of Electrolysis. Since 2007 she has been teaching hundreds of students at the Berkowits School of Electrolysis. She is a recognized expert in the methods of hair removal, as well a true asset to us here at Velvet Effect Lasers.

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