Electrology, or electrolysis, is the only procedure recognized by the FDA as permanent hair removal. This method destroys the root of the hair with an electrode, or probe, that is inserted into each hair follicle individually. A small amount of electricity is applied to the papilla at the bottom of the hair follicle permanently eliminating the regenerative capability of the hair follicle. This effectively prevents regrowth. Because electrolysis has been used for so long, no other method can claim such widespread success.
Prior removal methods have an effect on your current electrolysis treatment. Tweezing, waxing, threading, or sugaring will cause your hair root to strengthen by growing coarser and deeper. These methods also increase your risk of skin discoloration and ingrown hairs. In addition, they have the potential to increase growth rate and the strength of the hair, creating a larger problem than you started with.
Maintenance methods, such as shaving and depilatories are only temporary and allow hair to grow back quickly. These methods can be very irritating to the skin.
Gaining in popularity as an alternative to electrolysis is laser hair removal.
Call today to have a consultation with Holly or Jackie. They will help you decide which hair removal method is ideal for you.
How Does Electrolysis Work?
There are three modalities in electrology: Galvanic, thermolysis, and blend. All three methods have their own merits, and one method is not better than another. The success depends on the skill of the electrologist, the type of hair being removed, the condition of the skin and the pain threshold of the client. All three methods, when properly performed, thoroughly destroy the hair matrix cells, leaving follicles incapable of regrowing hair.
This oldest method hair removal using an electric current is named after Luigi Galvani, who lived from 1737 to 1798. Galvani did not use electricity to remove unwanted hair, but he was one of the first scientists to study the effects of electricity on the body. First reported in 1875 by Charles Michel as a way to remove ingrown eyelashes, the galvanic method of electrolysis kills a hair follicle using a current to produce sodium hydroxide (lye) within the follicle. Sodium hydroxide kills the matrix cells required for hair growth.
Thermolysis relies on shortwave radio frequency, delivered through a probe inserted into the hair follicle, to heat the hair matrix cells. instead of relying on an electric current to damage the hair follicle, thermolysis uses the energy produced by a radio transmitter to heat the hair matrix.
The blend method of electrolysis combines features of both thermolysis and galvanic methods. It has the advantage of benefiting from the strengths of both.
Different hair types respond differently to treatment methods. Perfect Image Med Spa only uses machines that we can set to use either method, as well as to blend the two. The technicians have the expertise to determine which treatment will work best for every individual.
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Since I can remember, the hair on my arms was ridiculous. I didn't want it gone, just thinned out.Since I am blonde, laser was not a good choice. It took a while ( and stung a little), but I now feel much more comfortable wearing short sleeves. Thank you Holly.