What Is Electrolysis Hair Removal?

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

Despite the pain, many people are still choosing electrolysis hair removal instead of laser treatment. This procedure is quite advantageous to people who are dark-skinned and those with blond or grey hair.

Electrolysis was initially used by Dr. Charles E. Michael, an ophthalmologist, on a patient with ingrown eyelash. Since then, the procedure has been modified so it can be used on unwanted hair on other parts of the body.

Electrolysis hair removal involves using an epilator needle which is used to direct electro-chemical currents and/or short-wave radio frequencies into one hair follicle at a time. This method is done one hair follicle at a time, and according to the direction of growth, thickness and depth. The electric current kills the hair follicle by attacking the dermal papilla. A specialized probe is used to pierce the follicle and the hair is pulled out using forceps.

The American Medical Association and Food and Drug Administration recognize electrolysis hair removal as the single permanent method for hair removal. It usually has minimal to no side effects. Pain is usually subjective, as mentioned earlier. There have been reported incidences of pain during electrolysis, but it is generally a tingling pain without blood loss. And it can be prevented with topical anesthesia.

Electrolysis hair removal needs several sessions to complete the process since it only targets growing hair. If you choose to undergo this procedure, be prepared for 15 to 30 sessions. The cost per 30-minute session is around $45; hence the high cost.

Removing unwanted hair can be expensive and challenging. But do try to look at the positive side of each procedure especially electrolysis hair removal. There are a lot of negative info and myths about it, but it’s still up to you to decide. It is best to consult with your dermatologist or talk to a salon manager that offers this procedure so you’ll have enough knowledge on how it is done.

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