What is Electrolysis?
For those who suffer from unwanted hair growth, permanent hair removal is the holy grail of cosmetics. Dozens of treatments, from hair removal creams to waxing to laser therapy, claim long-lasting results. However, only electrolysis can offer permanent removal of those annoying hairs.
Electrolysis involves the insertion of a tiny needle, usually thinner than your hair, into your skin. A current is passed through the needle, heating up the nearby follicle, causing it to become damaged. The goal is to prevent future regrowth by targeting the follicle itself permanently.
Can hair grow back after Electrolysis?
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Medical Association (AMA), electrolysis is the only permanent form of hair removal. But that doesn’t mean you’ll instantaneously be rid of unwanted hair.
Some hairs will grow back after electrolysis. As you undergo additional sessions, fewer and fewer hair grows back after each session. If the hair doesn’t regrow after more than three months, it will never come back again.
“I returned to electrolysis as it is truly the only method that works for me. I am already seeing positive results. It is well worth the money.”
How does electrolysis kill the follicle?
Unlike other common approaches, electrolysis works to kill off the hair follicle itself – not just remove the hair. It does this by cauterizing the hair follicle using the probe. This renders the follicle unable to produce hair going forwards.
Not all hair follicles are totally dead after a single procedure. That’s because a certain percentage of them are in a resting phase, known scientifically as a “telogen” phase. Only the active follicles are killed, while those in the telogen phase remain unaffected by the treatment. They may not even be visible during the session. Those hairs will regrow. For that reason, multiple procedures are standard. On average, you can expect eight to twelve electrolysis sessions to achieve a significant and lasting result.
Over multiple treatments, your electrologist targets the remaining hairs. Eventually, almost all hairs will have been treated, and the resulting lack of hair growth should be permanent.
How does electrolysis compare to laser therapy?
With laser therapy, a laser tries to target hair follicles, producing a burning heat that aims to cauterize the follicles. But lasers aren’t specific enough to actually attack individual follicles efficiently, so the effects are minimal compared to electrolysis, since lasers actually impact only a small number of follicles.
With laser therapy, some hairs tend to grow back lighter and finer than before, but they remain active. In a few cases, lasers actually accelerate hair growth.
Also, laser treatment doesn’t work well on those with darker skin tones, while electrolysis works on all skin tones. Likewise, those with blond or red hair tend to get the least results from laser therapy, while electrolysis can treat all hair types.
“I cannot say enough good things about Jade Electrolysis and the staff. I have been visiting Jade to have my underarms treated and am over the moon with the results I've seen in only a few sessions. My hair is almost gone, sweating has gone down, and the skin is undamaged and still smooth! Best part of all, with freezing done by an RN on site - the process is pain free! The clinic itself is comfortable, clean and you can even watch Netflix during your treatment. If you are considering any type of hair removal, look no further than Jade. They are simply the best.”Mika C.
Which body parts can be treated?
All hair follicles share similar biology. So, electrolysis works just the same regardless of whether the hair follicles are on your scalp, face, or body. However, because the inside of your ears and nose are rich in nerves and blood vessels, electrolysis is not suitable as a treatment for the insides of these areas.
Is the procedure painful?
While there is a pinching sensation during your electrolysis session, you aren’t likely to really notice it. Topical creams can reduce the discomfort and if desired we can give you a local anesthetic injection so that you don’t feel any discomfort. In contrast, laser therapy can cause a burning sensation and lead to significant irritation and skin discoloration. These things don’t happen with electrolysis.
Best of all, there are no side effects, and unlike other hair removal methods, no further maintenance is required after your treatment plan is complete.