Frequently Asked Questions about Electrolysis Hair Removal

Why should I choose electrolysis over other hair removal methods?

Electrolysis is the only form of permanent hair removal that is recognized by the FDA. Temporary methods of hair removal may not always be satisfactory, as measures, such as waxing and tweezing will only aggravate the problem resulting in increased hair growth. You will also have a continuous problem on your hands throughout your life, whereas Electrolysis stops the growth forever, thereby saving money and repeated visits.

How many electrolysis treatments are required?

The number of treatments varies with each person because of several reasons, some which are previous use of temporary hair removal such as; tweezing, waxing, threading, sugaring, and other reasons can be related to heredity, hormonal, going on or off certain medications, poly cystic ovary syndrome, irregular periods etc.

What can be done before or after treatment?

Before visiting us, you will be provided with pre-visit products, such as Emla Cream or LMX. All directions for applying this cream prior to the visit will be provided to you. Hair removal can be a bit painful and by providing this solution we are lessening the pain. You will have to apply the cream before the appointment or you can visit our office and we will assist you while you wait in the waiting room. The number of treatments varies from person to person but the facility also offers several skin products that can help both before, during and after the treatment. We discuss the post treatment with the clients for proper healing and suggest the best skin care products, such as witch hazel and Neosporin cream.

Are electrolysis treatments uncomfortable?

The sensation, which may be felt, is assurance that destructive activity is taking place. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others and we can help you with that by changing the setting on the electrolysis machine. We can talk about different skin care products that help the skin before, during and after electrolysis treatments.

Immediately following electrolysis treatments, there may be slight redness and/or puffiness, which usually disappear within a few hours. It is very important that you discuss your post electrolysis treatments with your electrolysis to promote proper healing. Certain skin care products such as witch hazel, and Neosporin cream are excellent to use after your treatment.

Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?

Hair removal can be safely done in most body areas. The most common areas are the chin and the upper lip. Once the client is comfortable with their electrologist they usual bring up the situation of wanting hair removed from their nipples and below the belly button as well other common areas for hair removal are eyebrows, cheeks, sideburns, neck, shoulders arms, underarms, bikini line, leg, men's back, shoulders and chest and beard are very common too.

Can women begin or continue electrolysis treatments during pregnancy?

Although electrolysis treatments for unwanted hair has never been proven to be harmful to pregnant women, it is suggested to bring a note in from your doctor. This note also is required if you have diabetes (due to slow healing). You will also need a note from a doctor to work on any hair removal from a mole. This is also for your own protection that all moles on your body have been looked at by a dermatologist.

Does electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?

Immediately following treatment, there may be slight redness. Your electrologist can provide you with post treatment instructions.

What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

It is a condition which is usually just as confusing to the patient as well as most doctors and is often misdiagnosed. The tiny cysts on the ovaries are actually not the main trouble but the women's hormones and sensitivity to such variables as Carbohydrate, insulin, testosterone, cholesterol and blood pressure.

PCOS can come in many forms and a woman might only show signs of one or some symptoms. The five main facts are: Acne / Irregular periods / Weight Gain / Abnormal Metabolism / Depression These symptoms may cause a great self-esteem problem which then starts to become a quality of life issue.

You can ask your electrologist if you might need to be referred to a endocrinologist or gynecologist to help with these problems. For the unwanted face and body hair you need to stop tweezing and/or waxing immediately or you will see that this will cause more hair to grow and the hairs will become more coarse.

What does CPE mean?

Did you know that some states don't even require a license for you to become an electrologist. In these states anyone can go out and buy an electrolysis machine and open shop. This is why whether you live in a licensed state or not it is very important that you make sure your electrologist is board certified. For over 20 years now, the American Electrology association has been providing this international board of electrologist certification for electrologists worldwide.

This CPE diploma hanging in your electrologists office will signify that they have been tested and measured against a national standard of excellence, in addition to or instead of their state license. The electrologist commits to keeping the high credentials through on-going continuing education. Board certification is voluntary training and credentials. The electrologist has every five years to obtain seventy-five hours of continuing education or needs to be re-tested. This is important to make sure your electrologist is aware of changes in the profession and keeps your electrologist up to date.

In Summary...

Electrolysis is still the only true permanent hair removal method and the only permanent treatment recognized by the FDA.