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Formerly, electrolysis hair removal was only done by trained and licensed practitioners using commercial-grade equipment that often cost thousands of dollars and was very carefully designed for an expert operator.
The basic principal of electrolysis is electricity is delivered to the follicle through a pointed handpiece, which causes localized damage to the areas that generate hairs, enabling them to be removed easily with tweezers. This is a generally permanent method, but isn’t considered to be 100% effective and for the home hair removal effort may be limited to specific areas.

The Machine
Currently, the OneTouch unit is a very popular consumer electrolysis hair removal device designed and marketed for home use. It's a small device with a handpiece that resembles a mechanical pencil. Attached to one end is a retractable pointed probe (somewhat like the one on a professional electrolysis machine), with the other end connected via a cord to a 9-volt battery in the unit’s case. Around the handpiece is a metal band where you grip it, much like a pencil, during the treatment. The point is spring-loaded so you won’t insert it too deeply and puncture the skin.
Be aware using this device is an elaborate process. Here are some of the considerations:

  • A sample test" for sensitivity of at least 5 hairs must be performed and it’s suggested to wait 24 hours before beginning treatment.
  • Do not treat an area larger than 1 square inch (25 x 25 mm) at any one time.
  • It’ll take a large time commitment and involve real dedication.
  • Temporary side effects such as redness and swelling may be worse and last longer than with professional treatment.
  • Some areas are difficult to see/treat by yourself, especially using your non-dominant hand or areas requiring a mirror.

The Upside
There are some advantages doing your own electrolysis. They are:

  • You perhaps can save money.
  • You can do it in privacy and treat yourself when it's convenient.
  • It's an option if you cannot find or travel to a competent electrologist.

New technologies appear often as consumer-based medical product research proves time and time again. Basically, if people will buy it, somebody will invent, manufacture, and then sell it. We’re fortunate to have consumer protection organizations, such as the FDA, BBB, and UL to watch out for unscrupulous salesman and hazardous devices that can harm users.

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