Electrolysis FAQs | Cosmetic and Plastic Services (2024)

What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the only permanent solution to removing unwanted facial and body hair regardless of hair or skin color, hair texture and skin type.

How does Electrolysis work?

The procedure involves sliding a thin, sterile probe into the hair follicle and applying a small amount of electrical current. The objective is to destroy the areas of the follicle that provide the nutriments for hair growth. Once the target areas are destroyed, the hair releases and tweezers are used to remove it.

Is it really permanent?

Yes. Unlike other hair removal methods that offer a temporary solution, Electrolysis is permanent and is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal.

What areas of the body can I have treated?

Electrolysis is safe for all areas of the face and body with the exception of inside the nostrils and ear canal.

Will I need multiple treatments?

Yes. Treatment plans vary greatly from person to person and depend on a number of factors including, the amount of hair, the size of the area being treated, sensitivity level and the hair growth cycle. Because of these variables, multiple treatments are necessary.

Who is a good candidate for Electrolysis?

Anyone looking for a permanent solution to removing unwanted facial and body hair.Electrolysis is common among men, women, transgender and teens.

What should I expect to feel?

Individuals often describe feeling a moderate amount of heat and mild stinging sensation. Sensitivity varies greatly from person to person and depends on which area of the body is being treated. Discomfort is minimal and settings can always be adjusted if necessary.

Is there more than one type of Electrolysis?

Yes. There are three methods of Electrolysis:

  1. Galvanic – produces a chemical reaction to destroy the hair follicle
  2. Thermolysis – produces heat to destroy the hair follicle
  3. Blend –a combination of Galvanic and Thermolysis
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Electrolysis FAQs | Cosmetic and Plastic Services (2024)


Why don t more people do electrolysis? ›

With the introduction of various lasers, from IPL (intense pulsed light) to the Nd:YAG (beneficial for darker skin tones), electrolysis hair removal fell out of favour among those looking to minimise unwanted hair growth.

How many electrolysis sessions does it take to permanently remove hair? ›

Generally speaking, you are likely to require between 8 and 12 treatments. The average time from start to finish is about 12 months. It can take anything from 8 months up to 2 years in some cases. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person.

How many times do you have to do electrolysis for it to work? ›

You'll also need to factor in the thickness and density of the hair. The more hair follicles, the more sessions you'll need to remove them. In addition, most hair follicles will need to be targeted at least twice to have a permanent effect. Expect to go through around eight to twelve sessions for a permanent result.

What is a downside to electrolysis? ›

Electrolysis Cons

It's a time-consuming procedure requiring multiple sessions. Skin discoloration is a possibility. The electricity in the device can actually destroy the capillaries in the surrounding areas. It can be very painful. It is not recommended for people with rosacea since the skin is so easily irritated.

Who should avoid electrolysis? ›

Absolute Contra-Indications – Requires a Doctor's Note: Diabetes, heart condition, hemophilia, pacemaker, seizures, transplant, surgery.

Does electrolysis really remove hair permanently? ›

Yes. Unlike other hair removal methods that offer a temporary solution, Electrolysis is permanent and is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal.

How fast does hair grow back after electrolysis? ›

Hair in the final week of resting appears within one week

This hair will start growing the day after the electrolysis session. It will appear on the surface of the skin within the week. The early anagen hair will even reach the surface in less than a week.

How many hairs can an electrologist remove in an hour? ›

Your electrologist removes individual hairs from the body one by one, approximately 200-800 hairs per hour. Laser covers large areas and can treat thousands of hairs.

How many sessions of electrolysis chin? ›

The exact number of sessions varies. However, it usually runs between 8 and 12 sessions. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that outcomes can differ among individuals, and certain individuals might necessitate a greater or lesser number of sessions.

Does electrolysis sometimes not work? ›

A – Yes but not always on the first try. To best understand this it helps to understand how hair grows. Hair grows in three stages and then falls out and starts over. The hair's follicle is only present and susceptible to treatment during the first and perhaps the second stage of growth.

How to know if electrolysis is working? ›

If you treat a hair successfully with electrolysis, in 6 weeks exactly (2-4 days either side of 6 weeks is ok) the follicle will be extremely moist and juicy! The method we use, (Galvanic) turns ALL that moisture into sodium hydroxide. THAT is what kills the hair!

How many sessions electrolysis upper lip? ›

The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. On average, it takes around 12 months to complete 8 to 12 electrolysis sessions. However, the duration may range from 8 months up to 2 years in certain cases.

What is the lump after electrolysis? ›

Blisters – small fluid-filled bumps – can occur in the skin for 24 to 48 hours after treatment. Like redness or swelling, they're due to the minor damage caused by the treatment. Blisters can be confused with acne, although they're quite different.

Why is plucking bad for electrolysis? ›

Temporary hair removal methods that require pulling hair from the follicle, like tweezing, waxing and threading can haste the rate of re growth, make the hair stronger, thicker and darker, increase the possibility of irritations and scarring and create distorted follicles with the additional possibility of ingrown hair ...

What is the lifespan of electrolysis? ›

The electrolysis stacks are integrated into hydrogen production plants with a capacity of 5 t hydrogen/d and a lifetime of 20 years.

Is electrolysis still popular? ›

According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, laser hair removal is on the rise, with an increase of nearly 30 percent from 2013. Though electrolysis is also increasing in popularity, it's not as common as laser therapy.

Why do people get laser instead of electrolysis? ›

Lower Risk of Side Effects

Laser hair removal also has a dramatically lower risk than electrolysis of side effects like pigmentation and scarring. It's a simple treatment that requires no “downtime” but produces an excellent result.

Why is laser more popular than electrolysis? ›

Relatively Painless – With the cryogenic cooling, laser treatments are virtually painless. In any event, the sensation is gentler than with waxing or electrolysis. Fewer Sessions – Laser hair removal requires fewer sessions than electrolysis.

Can electrolysis make hair worse? ›

Electrolysis Does Not Increase Hair Growth. But you're definitely not the first person to have asked the question. Plenty of people who start receiving electrolysis wonder if it's actually making things worse because in the first few months there seems to be far more hair sprouting up than you've ever noticed before.

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