When it comes to hair removal methods, electrolysis is widely acknowledged as the best way to remove unwanted hair permanently. After all, it is the only method that has been approved by the FDA for removal of unwanted hair on a permanent basis. No other hair removal procedure is truly ‘permanent’.
This treatment takes a long time as compared to the other popular alternatives but it is found to be highly effective for most patients. However, it is important to keep in mind that even this does not guarantee complete removal of unwanted hair.
The goal of this procedure is to completely destroy the hair follicles so that there is no future hair growth. To achieve this, electric current is passed through each hair follicle with the help of a very fine electrode shaped like a needle. There are many different types of electrolysis processes including thermolysis, galvanic and blend.
Take note that electrolysis is only effective when current is passed through the hair follicle in its growth stage. This is the reason that multiple sessions are needed by the patients to destroy the hair in the growth phase.
One of the biggest advantages of this method is that it is the most effective among all the other treatments available today. It removes hair on a permanent basis in most of the cases and slows down hair growth in other cases. Another big advantage is that it’s highly effective for people of darker skin tone who cannot get good results from laser and IPL.
There are no permanent side effects noted and it has been used for more than 100 years successfully. It can be effectively used for most of the body areas including breasts, thighs, legs, abdomen, face and eyebrows. The only disadvantage of this method is that it takes a lot of sessions for it to be effective.
Most of the people need anywhere from 15 to 30 sessions. It also costs a lot and takes a lot of time. Sometimes, skin may also be discolored if the professional doing the treatment is not well trained.
This process is performed by a well-trained professional who is called electrologists. As mentioned above, the expertise of this professional plays a very important role in the effectiveness of this treatment. It is important that you check out the qualifications of the professional before choosing one. Most of the states require them to be certified or licensed.
Most places that offer this form of treatment offer free consultation. Therefore, you should make use of this free consultation to ask any queries that you may have about the procedure including qualifications and experience of the professional who is going to perform it.
Some places also make use of electronic tweezers or other equipment such as photo epilators for removing hair but that process is not electrolysis. Therefore, do ask around and check the reviews before you decide to sign on the dotted line.