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Electrolysis Questions and Answers


How Long Has Electrolysis Been Performed?

The first research using electrolysis for the permanent removal of hair began in 1869 in St. Louis, Missouri. It was conducted by an opthamologist, Dr. Charles Michel, who wanted a safe, effective way to remove ingrown eyelashes which frequently led to blindness. He published his first scientific paper in 1875. The method was soon accepted by the medical community and then adapted for treatment of excess hair on other parts of the body. From that day until the present, the same basic technique has been used, only greatly improved and modernized.

How Does Electrolysis Work?

A trained electrologist inserts a small metal probe into the hair follicle alongside the hair. A small amount of electrical current is then delivered to the probe by a sensitive electronic device called and epilator. Depending on the technique used, the electric current destroys the hair root either by heat or chemical action and in some methods by both at the same time.

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Are There Other Methods of Hair Removal as Effective as Electrolysis?

No. There is absolutely no reputable scientific evidence that shows any other method of hair removal as being as safe, effective and permanent as electrolysis for all hair colors and skin types.

What About Laser Hair Removal?

  1. Lasers work well only when a hair is in the anagen (growing) phase. On some parts of the body, less than 50% of the hairs are in the growing phase.
  2. Lasers are not very effective on grey, blond or red hair.
  3. Lasers are awkward and impractical to use when sculpting/shaping eyebrows and other critical areas.
  4. Lasers are less effective on darker and tanned skin.

Is Electrolysis Permanent?

Electrolysis has been shown to be permanent in over a century of use. Its permanency has been well recognized by knowledgeable physicians and is also testified to by hundreds of scientific articles published in the medical literature. In addition to scientific recognition, there are over one million happy and satisfied persons who have solved a very personal and embarrassing problem with the help of electrolysis.

Is Electrology Safe?

Electrolysis has over 137 year history of safety and effectiveness. I am not aware of one case of significant disease being caused or transmitted because of electrolysis. Modern well-trained electrologist utilize the most up-to-date, effective methods of sterilization, disinfection and antisepsis, and follow guidelines set up by a major electrolysis organization in conjunction with the CDC (Center of Disease Control). Don’t hesitate to ask you electrologist about the scientific methods he/she uses to guarantee your safety.

Are there any side effects caused by electrolysis?

Electrolysis has been performed for almost 150 years and has proven to be an extremely safe procedure. Having read most of the medical literature on electrolysis, I am not aware of any serious complications of side effects.

Electrolysis, like many minor procedures in medicine, does have a short healing phase. During this time, there may be some transient redness or swelling and occasionally some pinpoint scabbing. Your electrologist will advise you regarding what can be expected during the healing phase.

What Areas of the Body Can be Treated?

Hair can be removed from almost any part of the body. Some common areas for women include the hairline, eyebrows, top of the nose, cheeks, sideburn area, upper and lower lip, chin, throat, neck, shoulders, back, chest, breasts, abdomen, arms, legs bikini line, hands, feet, toes and fingers. Hair on the eyelashes inside the nose and inside the ear canal are only treated under the supervision of a physician. Harry moles may be treated with written permission from a physician. It is perfectly safe to treat pregnant women, but the breast ad abdomen are avoided after the sixth month of pregnancy.

Men often have hair removed from the hairline, beardline, shoulders, back, neck, chest, ears and nose. Electrolysis is very helpful for treating ingrown hairs which frequently cause irritation in the beard area.

How Long Does Electrolysis Take to Achieve Permanency?

Electrolysis requires a series of treatments given over a period of time. The length of time varies from person to person and is dependent on many factors. The density and coarseness of the hair, as well as the total area to be treated, are very important. How well you tolerate treatments and the consistency of the treatments affect the overall success. The cause of the unwanted hair and the temporary methods of dealing with the hair in the past are also involved in the treatment time. Many hairs will be permanently removed after the first treatment while some will require additional treatments to achieve permanency. Treatments will be more frequent in the beginning and less frequent later on. The overall results, of permanent, hair-free skin, are usually well worth the time spent.

Why Should I Choose Electrolysis to Solve My Unwanted Hair Problem?

Time is one factor for choosing electrolysis in today’s fast-paced world. Dealing with unwanted hair in a temporary way is tedious, costly and never-ending. Permanent hair removal frees you from this daily routine.

Electrolysis also improves your physical appearance and self-image, lessens anxiety caused by the unwanted hair and helps you feel more attractive and socially acceptable. It is a choice the will enhance your own natural beauty and self-confidence.

Lastly, electrolysis has been proven safe and effective over many years of use and is recognized by physicians and the American Medical Association. You can be confident that permanent hair removal will change your life in a positive and lasting way.


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