Frequently Asked Questions
What is electrolysis?
The art of electrolysis has been around since the 1800s. It is the only FDA approved technique for permanent hair removal and is used for all hair colors and skin types.
What is the difference between laser and electrology?
Laser is permanent hair reduction. This means that certain undesired hairs can be damaged, altered, and destroyed with a series of treatments while others are unaffected. Your hairs can grow in slower and less dense, but can still come back over time. Laser is only hair reduction that targets the pigment (color) in the hair itself.
Electrology is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal. This means that all undesired hairs can and will be destroyed with a series of treatments. Once they are gone and the follicle closes up, they can never grow back again. Because electrolysis targets the hair and the structure, we can treat any hair, including hairs that have no or minimal pigment to them. These include white, gray, blonde, and red.
What does it feel like?
Some clients would describe the sensation to be warm, tingly, or pressure-like. The sensation varies with everyone, but we can adjust the machine to accommodate your individual tolerances. Many clients often fall asleep when treatments are in session. Numbing creams can be used on sensitive areas to reduce discomfort.
Will you need a series of treatments?
Yes. Genetics, certain medications, medical history, and other factors influence how many treatments you will need. Treatments will be more frequent in the beginning and less later on. Ultimately, the hair dies off and the follicle closes.
Why chose permanent hair removal?
Genetics and/or family heritage have caused you to have excess or darker hair that you find unacceptable and wish to have removed. Endocrine disorders such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or Insulin Resistance/Type II Diabetes, can cause unwanted hair growth on any part of the body.
Gender Dysphoria is a condition that may require patients to have to remove hair on many areas of the body. Electrolysis can treat areas that the IPL cannot be used on, while large areas can be treated with IPL and finalized with electrolysis permanently.
Some medications and birth control pills can cause unwanted hair growth as hormone imbalance does to those in menopause or have had a recent pregnancy. Recent trauma to the skin that increases blood supply to the area can stimulate hairs to grow such as:
- Severe bruises
- Recent casts
- Constant irritation to an area