Electrolysis is the process of
using electric current to destruct hair roots to slow down the hair regrowth rate
or significantly remove unwanted hair. Electrolysis is one of the popular permanent
hair removal methods, and it is typically used to remove hair from breasts, chin,
chest, upper lip, bikini lines and eyebrows. Unwanted hair from the legs,
abdomen and back can also be removed via electrolysis but because each hair
follicle is individually removed by inserting a needle into the follicle to
destroy the hair roots, it can be a rather time-consuming and painful process
for the patient. Electrolysis is more suitable for
smaller areas of
the body and is highly regarded as a type of facial hair removal method.
There is no 100% guarantee that electrolysis can successfully treat all hair follicle to eliminate hair growth forever. Hair needs to be in a growth phase in order for the treatment to be effective, just as in laser hair removal and IPL hair removal. Results vary between individuals, some people may need a few more sessions but on average its takes about a 2-4 weeks to realize the outcome.
One of the biggest reasons why electrolysis is chosen over laser removal treatment is because it is suitable for anyone. Unlike laser which is not beneficial for red, blonde and gray hair, or dark skin tones, electrolysis is suitable all skin types and all hair types.
Post-treatment effects are varied, some people can suffer from general side effects while others may suffer from rarer injuries. Some general side effects are redness and swelling of the area. It is common for these to last up to 3 days. Some doctors use aloe gel or ice during the electrolysis treatment process to help ease the redness and swelling afterwards. Tiny blisters that look like acne may also form a day after the treatment. Do not be alarmed should there be a little blood during electrolysis as the hair could be removed from a spot where the skin was opened from removing an ingrown. There may be slight bruising if the needle is inserted wrongly and injures a capillary.