Common questions and answers

How long does each each treatment take? 

Treatment time can vary from 15 minutes to an hour or more, depending on you and your schedule.  I charge for the actual treatment time, not the time it takes to cleanse skin before and after the treatment.  


Is electrolysis painful? 

Most clients comment that electrolysis was not as bad as they had heard or imagined. A pinch, a pin prick, a snap...some fall asleep during their treatment! Adjustments are made to the settings to make it tolerable for each individual. I use a topical numbing agent on most clients.  Compared to lazer, most clients who have had both say lazer is more painful.


How many treatments will I need? 

Since many factors influence hair growth, 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.  Number of appointments it takes depends on how much hair there is to remove, (The hair you see is not the only hair you have) the texture (fine to very course), hormonal complications.  It is recommended you schedule appointments 10-14 days apart as needed so hairs can be destroyed in the anagen stage of growth.  The unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments have been completed. 


Fino Gior is a leading electrologist who has written a book called "Modern Electrology".  He gives an average time range estimate of the time required for the treatment:

     Upper Lip 4-10 hours

     Chin 2-12 hours

     Sideburn 4-8 hours

     Eyebrow 3-8 hours

     Underarm-4-24 hours

     Bikini Line 8-26 hours 


Consistency in your treatments plays a big part in speeding up the process of electrolysis. When electrolysis is performed in the anagen stage of hair growth, more of the treated hair cells are destroyed. When treatment schedules are not kept, there is a chance the hair will grow into its second or third stage. If this happens, then the electrolysis treatment will not be as effective.     


Is Electrolysis expensive?


The expense of treatments might sound like a lot when talking about cost compared to other beauty services such as waxing, tweezing and sugaring. However, electrolysis is permanent. The investment stays with you while other services require indefinite repetition. 



What about temporary methods?


Temporary methods of hair removal include tweezing, waxing, threading and sugaring.  For each of these methods, the hair is pulled out of the hair shaft using force.  Each time a hair is pulled, a piece of the follicle is also removed.  This causes a buildup of scar tissue in the hair follicle causing the hairs to break off when they are pulled.  Over time, this can cause permanent swelling of the area and ingrown hairs to develop.  


Shaving simply cuts off the hair shaft. It does not cause increased hair growth.  It may cause increased blood flow to the follicle, but shaving itself doesn't cause increased hair growth.  If it did, we would have very hairy people! When shaven, the hair is cut off next to the base where it is thicker, causing it to feel more course.  Also, when shaving, all the hair is cut, not just selective ones.  This causes hair to feel more course as it starts growing back.  


The facts about Laser:

  • Laser has been around since the 1990's. 
  • Laser works by light with heat going towards color, the heat affecting the hair follicle.
  • Laser works best on light-skinned, dark haired people.
  • Laser does not affect light hair because there is not enough contrast between the light and the hair color.
  • Laser works on fine to medium hair.  It strips course hair of it's color turning it into bright, shiny hair unable to be removed by further laser.  The hair cells have been altered so the hair will no longer grow in dark. 


What areas of the body can be treated?  

Unwanted hair can be removed from nearly all areas of the body. The most common areas are the hairline, eyebrows, cheeks, sideburn area, chin, throat neck, breasts, underarms, stomach, back, bikini line, feet and toes.  


After Treatment:

A slight reddening of the skin may result following a treatment session.  This varies with individual skin types and is temporary. Ice or cold compress can be applied as needed.







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