Electrolysis Hair Removal – What You Should Know

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Electrolysis hair removal is also considered as one of the permanent hair removal methods. It can be a painful process since it uses electrical shock in killing the hair follicles before removing the unwanted hair. But the painful experience is really subjective as there are many people who didn’t experience severe pain during their procedure.

There are still many people who choose electrolysis hair removal over laser treatment, despite the reports about pain. One of the advantages is that it is a better procedure for people with grey or blond hair, and dark skin.

Electrolysis was first used in 1875 by an ophthalmologist named Dr. Charles E. Michael on a patient with ingrown eyelash. Since then, the process has been modified in order for it to be used on unwanted hair from other parts of the body.

An epilator needle is used in electrolysis hair removal and it passes electro-chemical currents and/or short-wave radio frequencies into a single hair follicle. This method is done one hair follicle at a time, and according to the direction of growth, thickness and depth. The electric current attacks the dermal papilla which then destroys the hair follicle. A special probe is used to pierce the follicle and the hair is pulled out with forceps.

The Food and Drug Administration and American Medical Association recognize electrolysis hair removal as the only permanent method for hair removal. It usually has minimal to zero side effects. And as mentioned earlier, the pain is usually subjective. The incidences of pain associated with electrolysis is typically a tingling pain without blood loss. And it can be prevented with topical anesthesia.

Electrolysis hair removal needs a number of sessions to complete since it only targets growing hair. If you choose to undergo this procedure, be prepared for 15 to 30 sessions. The price for a 30-minute session is approximately $45; thus the high cost.

The need to remove unwanted hair can really be exhausting and expensive. It is best that you look further into the positive effects of these procedures especially electrolysis hair removal. You may hear a lot of negative things and myths, but it is still up to you. You can talk to your dermatologist or a salon expert to help you understand the procedure before making your final decision.