The FDA and American Medical Association acknowledge only electrolysis for permanent hair removal. Other methods such as lasers, depilatory creams and flashlamp therapy are considered lasting hair inhibitors or permanent hair reduction. Lasting hair inhibitors need reapplication one week to two months depending on the strength of the depilatory cream. Since hair growth varies on areas of your body (face, bikini area or legs) and with men and women, permanent hair reduction treatments are spaced out every four to twelve weeks. With laser treatment some patients experience long lasting hair removal while others have regrowth that is finer in texture or lighter in color than their normal hair. Laser treatments have shown that individuals with dark hair have the best results and it is not recommended for anyone with dark skin tones or that tan.
Other temporary methods including hot wax that is done in a salon can be painful and costly. There are electrolysis devices available for home use, but it is highly recommended to have this procedure done by a professional, as in-home products are usually unsafe to use by anyone that does not have the proper training. Personally, I have tried an in-home electrolysis device not only is it hard to get at and see all the follicles it takes more time and patients than I could handle. I also knew a girl that plucked her bikini area because it lasted longer than shaving, but could you imagine the time and PAIN she went through? Crazy!
Electrolysis was invented over 100 years ago to remove in-grown lashes. Today, this time tested method can remove unwanted hair from your face, legs, bikini area, back and chest. You may experience reddening of the skin during and after the procedure, but this dissipates over time. There are no permanent side effects if your procedure was done properly with a trained electrologist. This is why it is important for you to do your homework if considering electrolysis as many states require an electrologist to be licensed and certified. Note: not every state regulates electrolysis, but professionals still have certificates from accredited electrology schools.
Make sure you get a consultation and ask questions to determine your expectations from the procedure, how long and how many treatments will be required and the total cost including all hidden fees. Make sure the practitioner uses needle electrolysis as this is the only permanent form of hair removal. Other means are electronic tweezers and photopilators which are not considered permanent hair removal methods. Above all else you must feel comfortable with your electrologist, if you don't feel you aren't going to get the results you desire, shop around until you do. Removng unwanted hair by electrolysis is not only good for your personal hygiene and your appearance, it may even spice up your sex life.