Electrolysis Overview

By RealSelf

Electrolysis is a cosmetic treatment for permanent hair removal.

Unlike laser hair removal, electrolysis works on all skin and hair types. It can be applied to most facial and body parts, including: eyebrows, sides of the face, breasts, underarms, bikini line, legs and back. Even pregnant women can have treatments (but you should consult your doctor before starting a treatment cycle).

During electrolysis, each individual hair is treated by inserting a tiny hair-thin metal probe into a hair follicle.

Proper insertion of the probe does not puncture the skin. Electricity is delivered to the follicle through the probe, which causes localized damage to the areas that generate hairs. This process destroys the hair growth tissue. Therefore, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.

Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment.Electrolysis guide-ssyoungskincare14.jpg

Typically electrolysis is a series of treatments. After an electrolysis treatment your hair should grow back thinner and finer. Thicker unwanted hair that has been waxed or tweezed will need more treatments than hair that has not been tampered with.

Electrolysis can be expensive, painful and require lengthy sessions

With electrolysis an area like the upper lip may require 40, 15 minute sessions compared to Apogee laser hair removal that may take 4, 8 minute sessions.  Hence, laser hair removal has become a more popular means to removing unwanted body hair and facial hair.

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