About Electrolysis

 Electrolysis is the only permanent way of removing hair

 If you are dealing with unwanted hair frequently then it is very worthwhile to investigate it to see what your actual costs will be.  Compared with laser, it is an absolute bargain as far as price goes.  An hour of body waxing in our area costs a little more than electrolysis for an hour.  

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How does electrolysis work?

The electrologist uses a very fine filament, placing it alongside the hair shaft and into the hair follicle.  A mild electric current then destroys the hair-growth cells within the follicle. . When this is competently and skillfully accomplished, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated. The hair is lifted out after treatment and you leave with bare skin!


Is it really permanent?

Absolutely! However, electrolysis is not an overnight sensation. Electrolysis requires a series of treatments to achieve permanency. The number of treatments necessary varies with each client and with the area being treated. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, normal physiological changes, certain medications, and stress all influence the treatment program for each individual. It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame.


 

It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame.

 

How long will it take?

Without looking at your individual hair pattern and knowing what removal methods you have tried, as well as the potential cause of your hair growth, it is impossible to accurately estimate how many treatments it will take. If you would like to know exactly what your treatment schedule looks like we encourage you to call for a free consultation and find out exactly what you will need to do to get the best results from us.

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What are the basic methods during treatment?

Electrolysis: Direct current (DC), is used to achieve chemical destruction of the hair follicle. One or more sterile probes are used.

Thermolysis: Alternating current (AC), sometimes referred to as high frequency or short-wave, is used to create heat which destroys the hair follicle. One sterile probe is used.

When both of the above currents are used simultaneously or sequentially to achieve dual 
action destruction of the hair follicle it is called The Blend Method. Most often, a single sterile probe is used for this procedure.


 

Our skilled electrologists can get results with any modality, but the best method for your individual situation will be selected during your treatment.

 

Is it safe?

Absolutely.  We follow the American Electrology Association (AEA) Standards for Infection Control which ensure electrolysis is performed under the highest standards of cleanliness and safety.  We utilize only sterile disposable probes for all treatments and always utilize fresh medical grade disposable gloves for each treatment, and our staff are all Registered Electrologists.


How should I choose an electrologist?

Regulation of electrology is on a state-by-state basis. States regulating the practice of electrology require a practitioner hold a valid license.   In Wisconsin Electrologists are State Licensed, they would hold an "RE" designation or "LE", both mean the same thing, that they have passed the state approved license examination.  Look for certificates, with current dates.

Most electrologists offer a free consultation as we do.  Meet with them and look for a clean, professional office space and modern equipment.  Find someone you trust and enjoy spending some quality hair-removal time with.  Friends and family can often refer you to someone in your area or look in the local Chamber of Commerce or phone book.

 

Why should I choose electrolysis over other hair removal methods?

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Electrolysis vs. Laser

While laser promoters compare laser to electrology it is actually not a permanent form of hair removal.  Only a few laser devices have been cleared to claim a  permanent reduction in hair by the FDA.  Intense Pulsed Light (IPG) though often called laser, is NOT a true laser and not approved by the FDA to claim any efficacy. Electrology is cleared for permanent removal of hair.  All laser assisted hair removal is considered a temporary or long lasting method of hair removal.  Additionally, laser hair removal has not been evaluated for long-term safety of the patient's skin and health--new research is showing prolonged exposure to laser is capable of changing skin cells at the genetic level.  For more information on questions regarding the safety of laser hair removal click here.  To access the FDA Laser Fact Page click here.

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Essentially, laser targets the pigmented cells in hairs.  It also takes a series of treatments (generally 6+ spaced out every 6 weeks or so) as all hair is not present at one time.  On some body parts it takes up to a year to see a complete growth cycle - think about the hair on your head, if it all fell out and re-grew as fast as most people think, you'd have really, really short hair all the time!  Clients shave prior to treatment, the laser is applied to the skin and heats the pigmented cells charring the moisture out of the hairs.  The hairs slough/fall out on their own over the next few days or weeks.  Skin looks sunburned after treatment and must be protected from the sun.  The best results are very dark hair and very, very light skin.  Darker skin tones or tanned skin must be treated with extreme caution as laser is attracted to pigment and may require bleaching and sun avoidance for 6 weeks prior to and following treatment if it can be treated at all.  White, grey, and some red hairs are unaffected by laser.  Laser does have potential to work with electrolysis.  One could argue laser would be well used to initially clear large areas like legs and then follow up with electrolysis as the hair grows back in following a series of laser treatments.  

Do make sure your laser technician is a doctor (MD) and has appropriate training.  There is no regulation for laser 
training.  Yes, you read that right.  A Dr. can take anyone of you and "train you" in her/his office without any program requirements.  You too could take a weekend course and be a certified laser technician (CLT) and use the Allied Health Association "Rent a Medical Director" program and not have a doctor on site at all.  Each state varies, some don't even require a medical director--not even one in name only!  Treatments are only as good as your technician/operator in any hair removal method, but for safety reasons, especially important here given the larger expense of treatments and potential for tissue damage.


Electrology has proven itself safe, effective, and permanent for over 125 years.


Electrolysis vs. Waxing

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Waxing, Sugaring, Nads, and threading will remove all of the visible hair by ripping it out by the root.  Except in the case of threading, the outer layer of skin is often removed when the hair is removed.  It can result in skin problems including ingrown hair, scarring, pigment changes, and bruising.  To keep your skin clear, (and contrary to advertising claims) all of these methods must be done frequently forever.  You must also wait until hair is at least 1/4" to 1/2" (about 3 weeks of growth) long for the wax/sugar/Nads "glue" to adhere to the removal strip.

Research has shown that any method that rips hair out by the root such as waxing, sugaring, and Nads type products can actually increase hair growth in hormonally dependent areas such as the upper lip, chin, breasts, and abdomen!  This is not such an issue on areas like eyebrows and legs wax away if you must and your skin can tolerate it.  


Electrolysis vs. Tweezing

Tweezing is easy to do, and inexpensive too.  However hair can become coarser from the repeated tweezing and skin problems including ingrown hair, pigment changes, and scaring can result. Obviously it is not a permanent solution to unwanted hair.  NEVER tweeze the upper/lower lip, chin, breasts, or abdomen!  You are stimulating growth in these areas.  The hair will become thicker and darker.  NEVER tweeze out ingrown hairs.  You will make the situation worse.  The hair will distort further and you will have a bigger lesion the next time it grows in, really, trust us.  Stop performing 
self-surgery, we mean it.  

Electrolysis vs. Shaving

Shaving is inexpensive and easy. However, the hair does grow back quickly and feels coarse as it is cut off leaving a blunt tip.  Shaving DOES NOT increase hair growth in any way.  Seriously, this is the biggest myth in hair removal.  Hair is dead above the skin surface.  Anything you do at this level does not affect hair growth.  Shaving is a safe temporary method of removal for basically anywhere.   

Electrolysis vs. Depilatory Creams

Depilatories are essentially a chemical shave.  It will remove the hair by dissolving it with a chemical. This can result in a chemical burning of the skin if you are not careful about patch testing and respecting timing.  

 
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