Electrolysis is not a recent method of hair removal. It was first used by Dr Charles Michel to remove ingrown eyelashes in 1869. The process was improved over the years and scientists tried to find ways to refine it with computer technology, but the best method to date is still a manual instrument in the hands of a highly trained and experienced electrologist.
How does electrolysis work?
Based on a personal and confidential consultation, Amber, NeoDerma’s Electrologist will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs.
Amber inserts a very fine needle (thinner than the hair being treated) into the natural opening of the hair follicle alongside the hair shaft. A tiny amount of electrical current is then applied to destroy the hair growth cells.
What are modalities?
Medical electrolysis devices can destroy the hair growth cells with chemical energy, heat energy, or both. There are three modalities used:
Galvanic electrolysis is a chemical process. The current produces a chemical reaction in the hair follicle eliminating the hair growth cells.
Thermolysis (also called short-wave) produces heat. This modality heats and destroys the hair growth cells in the follicle. A higher intensity current can be applied for less time in the follicle, or current can be used at lower intensity with longer timing.
The Blend method combines galvanic current with thermolysis current. Thermolysis heats up the chemical reaction in the follicle destroying hair growth cells.
What does electrolysis feel like?
You’ll probably feel a momentary heat sensation or pinch. Discomfort is minimal for most people, but individual tolerances vary greatly. Keep in mind that some areas of the body are much less sensitive than others.
What about after treatment?
Immediately following treatment, you may experience slight redness or tenderness which usually disappears in a couple of hours. There is very little risk of complication or serious skin irritation with electrolysis performed by a skilled practitioner like Amber. For the first 24 hours following treatment, it’s best to avoid activity that could irritate hair follicles such as excessive sweating, prolonged sun exposure or make-up application.
How long will my electrolysis treatment take?
Depending on the area you want cleared, it could be a few minutes for a follow up appointment to an hour for a larger area. Most people who follow the recommended treatment plan can expect to be completed or nearly completed within 18 months. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, certain medications and stress influence the treatment program for each individual.
Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is re-growth to be expected?
Excessive hair growth, also known as hirsutism, can range from fine, vellus hair to dark, coarse hair on the face and body. Breaking down the hair growth cells on deep, coarse hairs require more than one treatment. Only hair that is actually growing can be successfully treated. Dormant follicles may surface after a few weeks and require treatment. Because of this, a series of treatments are most often required. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, Amber will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs.