how does electrolysis work?
- To explain, hair grows through a tube-like opening in the skin known as the hair follicle.
- At the base of the follicle is a bulb, which contains a gelatin-like substance, called the papilla.
- A tiny sterile wire filament is inserted into the follicle.
- In the use of shortwave or thermolysis, the tip of the wire filament transmits a small heat pattern down into the papilla.
- This thermal action cauterizes and disables the papilla without damaging the outer layer of the skin.
- With galvanic or blend modalities, a chemical breakdown occurs that destroys the papilla. With the papilla gone, the hair folicle loses its ability to regenerate.
what is electrolysis?
Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is removed with tweezers.
Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, abdomen, thighs, breasts, and legs.
does it hurt?
There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.
Electrolysis is not a once-only treatment remedy. One treatment will usually eliminate all visible hairs, but because hair growth is not synchronized, there are many hair follicles under the skin that contain hairs in the beginning growth stage or the dormant state.
how many treatments will I need?
There are many different factors that directly influence hair growth, so you will need to return for several electrolysis visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. A customized treatment schedule will be discussed at the time of your consultation. Typically, each treatment may last from 10 minutes to an hour.
hair growth cycle
growth and replacement cycle
All hairs go through a growth and replacement cycle and, with successive treatments, the hairs will be treated as they emerge during the cycle. The hair on various parts of the body has different growth cycles.
The Growing Stage
The beginning stage of the cycle is the anagen or growing stage. This is the optimum time for a successful treatment because it is before the hair follicle reaches its maximum depth and the hair bulb is attached to and nourished by the papilla. Therefore, treatment of the hair in the early stage of its appearance is very important to destroy the papilla.