All of the following information is courtesy of American Electrology Association:
Q. What is electrolysis?
A. Electrolysis is the process of permanently removing hair follicles. Using state-of-the-art technology, a minute amount of electricity is gently applied to the base of the hair follicle. This process destroys the ability of the hair follicle to grow another hair. Therefore, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated. Electrolysis is essential to realizing the look you want and it is more effective than ever before. Let electrolysis work its wonders for you.
Q. Why should I choose electrology over other hair removal methods?
A. If you want permanent hair removal, electrology is the only way to achieve this goal.
Q. Why should I choose electrolysis over other temporary methods like laser or waxing?
A. Unlike other hair removal options, professionally performed Electrolysis eliminates unwanted hair, permanently, with unsurpassed results. Moreover, it does so for the largest variety of skin and hair types.
Laser promoters compare laser to electrolysis although laser assisted hair removal is considered a temporary method. It has not been evaluated for long-term safety of the patient's skin and health. Waxing. threading and tweezing are alike. However, ingrown hairs and discoloration may result. Additionally, this may cause an increase in hair growth activity. Depilatories and shaving can cause an irritation to the skin while the hair regrows quickly. These methods can require a lifetime of maintenance. Many can appear inexpensive but cost more due to long term use and are found to be inconvienient. Electrolysis works on most areas of the body to give you smooth, sleek healthy looking skin. No other solution claims such universal acceptability and success.
Q. Do electrologists follow appropiate Infection Control?
A. The American Electrology Assiociation has written Infection Control Standards following the most recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA), and the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
Q. How many treatments are required?
A. The number of treatments necessary varies with each client. Treatment sessions can range from 15 minutes to more than an hour depending on the area being treated. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, certain medication and stress influence the treatment program for each individual. Electrolysis is effective on all skin and hair types. No other hair removal solution can claim such universal acceptability and success. It is important to follow the recommended treatment plan to achieve optimum results.
Q. Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is regrowth to be expected?
A. Excessive hair growth, known as hirsutism can range from fine, vellus hair to dark, coarse hair on the face and body. Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair growth cells may require additional treatments. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, your electrologist will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs.
Q. What is the normal growth cycle of a hair?
A. Hairs have differing cycles of growth, many of which are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. The follicle produces the hair from the blood supply, and discards it eventually through shedding. The process of growth, rest and replacement are known as the hair growth cycle. The sequence of events is repeated constantly until a hair ceases to be formed.
Q. What does electrolysis feel like?
A. Most clients find electrolysis to be a comfortable experience. With continually advancing technology, equipment and treatment protocols, electrolysis is more comfortable and effective than ever before. Electrolysis can help you transform your image through smooth hair-free skin.
Q. Does electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?
A. Immediately following treatment, there may be slight redness, which varies with each individual. Your electrologist will provide you with post treatment instructions and the personal attention you need. You are assured of the best care from a skilled hair removal professional.
Q. Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?
A. Electrolysis works on all skin and hair types. All areas of the body can be treated except inside the nose and inside the ears. Areas of treatment may include the chin, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, jawline and sides of the face, breasts & underarms, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back and shoulders. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, your electrologist will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs. There is no better solution than Electrolysis, a treatment that's as individual as you are.
Q. Can women begin or have electrolysis treatments during pregnancy?
A. Unwanted hair can be caused by hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy. Electrolysis can be performed on any normal skin. This includes pregnant women. We suggest that you seek the advice of your physician before beginning treatment. Electrolysis can enhance your natural beauty with smooth, hair-free and healthy-looking skin for a glowing look that's uniquely you!
Q. Can hairs be removed from moles?
A. Electrolysis can be performed in most moles where States allow it. Your Electrologist may require written approval from your physician.
Q. How should I choose an electrologist?
A. The American Electrology Association has established specific standards for the profession including a national board certification credential, Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE). This designation indicates that the electrologist has successfully passed comprehensive national testing. Once awarded the CPE Credential, the electrologist must fulfill continuing education requirements and/or be re-tested in order to maintain the prestigious CPE status.
Membership in the American Electrology Association indicates the electrologist is keeping current with their field. Many people find an electrologist through their local Yellow Pages and the Internet which contain valuable information regarding professional credentials. Sometimes, family and friends can make excellent recommendations. Also, one can ask a physician, who is familiar with electrolysis, for a referral.