Electrolysis Permanent Hair Removal
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis involves the insertion of a small probe, into the hair follicle, which is a natural opening in the skin. A tiny amount of energy for a few seconds is the discharged into the follicle to cut off the blood supply in the hair follicle.
The only sensation felt by the client is the heat passing through the probe to the base of the follicle.
The treatment can be adapted to suit each client’s skin, hair & pain threshold. During a course of treatment there will be a constant, gradual decrease in growth of the hair until it has all been permanently removed. Electrolysis is a progressive treatment meaningnthat the hair will grow back but it will get weaker throughout the course of treatment. The first sign that electrolysis is working is that the hair growth becomes softer, finer & lighter in colour. Following treatment clients will be given strict aftercare instructions to adhere to in order to support the electrolysis treatment.
How does our hair grow?
- The growth seems like a simple process, but the hair growth cycle is actually composed of four distinct phases. These stages of hair growth have been studied in great depth to better understand how hair grows and what might be done to prevent or treat premature hair loss.
- The first three phases — anagen, catagen, and telogen — cover the growth and maturation of hair and the activity of the hair follicles that produce individual hairs. During the final, or exogen, phase, “old” hair sheds, though usually, a new hair is getting ready to take its place.
- Each phase has its own timeline, which can be affected by age, nutrition, and overall health. That means there are steps you can take along the way to help ensure that your hair follows a healthy growth cycle.
How is it done?
Firstly a conductive pad is attached to the client’s arm or leg to allow a circuit to be completed between the client and the machine.
The clinician slides a hair-thin metal probe into each targeted hair follicle. Contrary to the popular misconception, these probes are not needles. In fact they are completely blunt in order to prevent puncturing the skin but, at just 0.05mm to 0.15mm in thickness, they are literally the size of a human hair and cannot be felt as they slide into the follicle alongside the target hair.
For several minutes, a tiny current is passed through the probe to convert moisture into lye. The probe is then removed along with the entire hair which will come out effortlessly.
Electrolysis is the breaking down of hair using three electrical modalities. It is a gradual starvation process starving the blood supply to the hair and killing of the stem cells.
When thermolysis is introduced into the follicle it produces heat from the inserted probe. It heats up the moisture and coagulates it like boiling and egg. Using heat the hair can not grow by cauterising the bottom ⅔ of the hair follicle.
In the case of electrochemical reaction in Electrolysis, a negative current is applied in the hair follicle. Moisture present in the hair known as sodium hydroxide is converted to Lye with the Galvanic current. Lye is highly reactive in the presence of organic compounds (in this case, skin). It suffocates the hair stem cells so the hair can’t grow. Fortunately, the amount of lye produced is miniscule and highly targeted to the area it is intended to work on beneath the skin.
Blend is using the thermal coagulation of thermolysis and the chemical reaction of galvanic blending the two together to increase the effectiveness of both currents.
Thermolysis heats up the hair follicle and galvanic works like a turbulence to a much higher result. The two currents break down the hair and kill it permanently.
In a nutshell that’s electrolysis, all hairs all skin types can effectively have electrolysis
How many sessions will I need?
Under the skin lies the papilla which makes the hair grow. This is the target we need to treat. Because we cannot see beneath the skin we are aiming for a target we cannot see. We aim to the best of our skill and ability but we are not always perfect. In every treatment we miss some but eventually we will get them all.
You will never have hair growing out of the follicles that have been destroyed, but remember we have not changed you glandular system, which is what made these hairs appear. Any little fine vellus hairs on your face may be converted into coarse hairs if your glandular system chooses to do so.
When we are going through electrolysis we are weakening the hairs until they are finally destroyed and gone forever. It’s a gradual starvation process, starving the nutrients that feed the hair.
How much will it cost?
Electrolysis zaps one hair at a time and so to do a whole face can take 20 plus hours of treatments and each hair follicle needs a minimum of 3 treatments. Electrolysis treatments need to be regular so you can’t just skip a few months and go back. There is a fine line between treating a follicle with a higher current for a shorter time OR treating a follicle with a lower current for a longer time. This will depend on how well your skin tolerates the heat current. Approx price is $3.00 per minute.
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Is Electrolysis permanent?
Yes! Electrolysis has long been recognized and accepted by the medical profession as an effective and safe method of permanent hair removal. Permanent hair removal can only be accomplished by carefully destroying the hair follicle and those cells that are responsible for hair growth. Therefore, it should be performed only by a well-trained Electrologist in a professional setting. Don’t hesitate to ask your family Physician. Many patients have been referred to Skin Envy by their physicians.