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Electrolysis is definitely a tried and true option for those opting for permanent hair removal. It has a long history of usage and is a widespread method used the world over. Sometimes the traditional ways can prove the best for your professional hair removal needs. Examine these facts below to guide your decision so you get maximum benefit and minimum trouble.

Vital Statistics
The technique for removing unwanted hair by means of electrolysis was invented by Dr. Charles E. Michel, a St. Louis, Missouri ophthalmologist, in 1875. Dr. Michel's invention was developed primarily to resolve the problem of ingrown eyelashes, but basically the same procedure is used today to permanently destroy hair roots anywhere on the face or body.

Electrologists are people who have undergone training to professionally administer the electrolysis procedure. It is probably a good idea to ask about the training and experience of your electrologist. A trained electrologist inserts a fine, solid, pre-sterilized needle (wire or probe) into the hair follicle and applies a small amount of electrical current to permanently destroy the hair growth cells that lie mostly at the base of the follicle.

The Real Story
Hair can be removed from almost anywhere on the body except from the inside of the nose, ears, or often from a mole. Consulting clearly with your electrologist will enable him/her to pinpoint your treatment for optimum effectiveness. The information below will reassure you and help with the electrolysis hair removal treatment:

  • Electrolysis is a time-tested method that was invented more than 100 years ago originally to remove irritating, ingrown eyelash hairs. Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, thighs, abdomen, breasts, and legs.
  • There are no permanent side effects. Sometimes, a slight reddening of the skin occurs during or immediately after treatment, but this will only last for a short time. Electrolysis is very safe.
  • There is always some degree of sensation associated with electrology. It depends greatly on an individual's tolerance to pain, the type of hair, and the area that is being treated. Some clients say the pain of electrolysis is about the same as that felt when hair is plucked. Others describe the sensation as 'a slight warmth.'

The Real Story Continues
  • The treatment tends to make a few people jittery, others fall asleep during treatment. New types of topical anesthetics (such as EMLA), and other different techniques for reducing pain, are presently being introduced into electrolysis practice to make treatments more comfortable for clients
  • Because electrolysis destroys the dermal papilla of a hair, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling associated with electrolysis treatment. In some circumstances, electrolysis causes tiny scabs to form over the treated follicle. These dots are a perfectly normal part of the healing process and will not leave any permanent damage, providing you do not pick at them, scratch them, or otherwise cause them to be infected. Many clients report that their skin actually looks much improved after they've had electrolysis treatments.
  • The galvanic (electrolysis, or direct current) and 'blend' methods of electrolysis should probably not be used on pregnant women because this electrical current flows through the client and back to the epilator. Only a minute amount of energy is involved, but because the fetus is surrounded by amniotic fluid - a virtual water bath and powerful conductor of electricity - pregnant women should forgo electrolysis that involves galvanic current.

You can become a well-informed consumer of electrolysis hair removal services and thus have a good experience with a skilled epilation practitioner. Indeed, knowledge is power!

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